Our piano is getting a makeover! With support from our residents, we began raising money last year to upgrade our pianos in the Residence building. The performing and fine arts are a central part of life at Milwaukee Catholic Home, and we often host exceptional musicians who need instruments that match their expertise. In addition, the piano in our chapel plays a key part in our liturgical celebrations on a weekly basis.
We considered purchasing a brand new piano, but instead learned about Farley’s House of Pianos, a shop in Madison that specializes in restoring older Steinways. We learned that a rebuilt older Steinway can in many cases have a better sound than a brand new Steinway and be more affordable as well. When we went to visit the shop, we learned that the artisans at Farley’s were just beginning the process of rebuilding the perfect piano for us: a 1920s Steinway Grand Series B. Tim Farley also said that he could rebuild one of our current pianos, a baby grand that will be a great replacement for the small, older upright that is currently used in the St. Anne’s Chapel.
Tim’s been sending us photos of our piano’s transformation, and it’s been fun to see the process unfold. Enjoy some of these photos below!