As we concluded our tour, some students got the invaluable gift of performing their Lieder with a piano from the period the song was actually written. Finishing the bites of our kindly-baked muffins, we left the museum not only with knowledge of pianos, but how important instruments are to any composition.
Dr. Bozarth and his wife Tamara Friedman have been a delight to work with for their generosity and infectious passion for their collection of period keyboard instruments. We first met them in January of 2011 when the maestro for our Barber of Seville, Dean Williamson, wanted a historically correct instrument for the show. Dr. Bozarth agreed to provide a forte piano as a personal favor to Maestro Williamson. During the course of that production our top-notch stage crew demonstrated that we could take proper care of their instruments; so now we are fortunate to be able to rent all of our period keyboards from them. Most recently Maestro Wedow played a forte piano in Don Giovanni and our upcoming Semele will feature both a virginal and harpsichord. When I called to inquire if Dr. Bozarth even had a virginal, he replied “I have two you can choose from!”