Release Date: Friday, May 20, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA- Chestnut Hill College will celebrate its newly acquired “All-Steinway” status and host a Performathon starting on Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22 in the East Parlor, St. Joseph Hall. Students will be performing over the weekend at the following times:

• Friday, May 20 from 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
• Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
• Sunday, May 22 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The Peformathon, sponsored by Jacobs Music Company and hosted by the College, will bring young musicians from the local area to play for the public and raise funds for the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House charity. Ronald McDonald will be present to visit with performers on Sunday, May 22nd, from Noon - 3 pm.

Chestnut Hill College announced in January that it joined the elite group of institutions worldwide that have achieved "All-Steinway" status with the purchase of new pianos from Jacobs Music Company. The College is one of five schools in the Philadelphia area to achieve the “All-Steinway” designation, and the only Catholic college in the area to do so.

During the Performathon, participating music students will have the opportunity to play the Walden Woods piano. Originally commissioned by the Walden Woods Project, an organization founded by musician Don Henley to help preserve land near Walden Pond in Massachusetts, the Walden Woods concert grand piano has been played and signed by artists such as Elton John, Bruce Hornsby, and Billy Joel. Designed by artist Silas Kopf, the piano features carvings of flora and fauna found in Henry David Thoreau’s Walden Woods. The piano is primarily crafted from American black walnut and six species from the historic woods surrounding Walden Pond.

On display at the College for the weekend, The Imagine Series Limited Edition piano is modeled after the white Steinway grand piano that John Lennon presented to Yoko Ono on her birthday in 1971. The piano incorporates John's signature, music, and a medallion indicating its uniqueness. Excerpted lyrics from “Imagine” are written along the bass side of the inner rim, visible when the piano lid is fully open.

The weekend will also include a private celebration concert by Steinway performance artist Meral Gϋneyman, State artist of the Republic of Turkey and Grammy-nominated jazz artist as well as the presentation of the “All-Steinway” plaque to College President Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, Ph.D. from Steinway & Sons President Ron Losby.

The Performathon is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Kathleen McCloskey at 215.248.7194 or e-mail 


Here's some of the pianos we'll be hosting for the Performathon: