Tony Award winning Broadway composer and international rock star David Bryan has donated a 9 foot Steinway concert grand piano to the United States State Department Collection to be housed in the Benjamin Franklin Ballroom at the Harry S. Truman State Department Building in Washington, DC. As a founding member and keyboard player for Bon Jovi, Bryan has toured the world and shared his music with millions of people. The plaque that accompanies the State Department piano reflects Bryan’s personal belief that “In the timeless celebration of music is that which brings us together, not separates us.” That belief is also underscored in Bryan’s Tony Award winning Best Musical MEMPHIS, playing through August 5th at Broadway’s Shubert Theater and across America on a celebrated national tour.Read the rest of the article here.
“In times of joy and sorrow, love or hate, peace and unrest, music has always been an important outlet for expressing our emotions individually and as a nation,” Bryan said. “As a proud American musician, it is my great honor to give this gift to the State Department. I hope it brings years of wonderful music to these great halls.”
I can honestly say I have never seen a nine-foot grand piano. Or run my fingers along the ivories of a Steinway for that matter. But it'd be pretty cool. ;)