First concert is this Sunday, April 17th, 2016
The 150 year old Steinway piano located in the parlor of the Fischer-Hanlon House will once again come alive and be featured in a series of performances beginning this Sunday, April 17, 2016.
The performances are scheduled for the first and third Sundays of the month and will run from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Show tunes, Classical pieces and Jazz will be played by local musicians, Tim Heney and Tom W. Jackson. Perhaps even a local ‘ghost’ may be among the attendees!
Historical records indicate that the Style VII Square Steinway was manufactured in 1866 and shipped by John H. Steinway from New York on March 13th of that year. The dealer’s records have disappeared so there is no way of knowing to whom the piano was originally sold. The records do say that this was “an ornate and expensive piano for its time”.
It is believed that the piano was purchased for Elizabeth Fischer to practice on while she attended the Young Ladies Seminary and that she was taught by Professor Mansfeldt who had studied under the European master, Franz List.
There is no charge for the performances but voluntary donations to the Benicia State Parks Association will be gratefully accepted.