Steinway Partners with Paper Mill Playhouse

Steinway & Sons, makers of the finest pianos in the world, has provided New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse with a stunning Steinway Grand piano for exhibition during performances of the theater company’s production of Master Class, directed by Wendy C. Goldberg. The piano will be featured during all performances of the play’s run at the Millburn theater from March 4 through April 5, 2009.

“We are extremely grateful to Steinway & Sons for their support for Master Class,” said Paper Mill’s Executive Director Mark W. Jones “The exceptional quality of Steinway pianos will complement this extraordinary production.”

Master Class is the story of renowned opera diva Maria Callas teaching an operatic master class; however, what begins as a class becomes an intimate and revealing look into her life. The play reveals details about Callas’ tumultuous affair with Aristotle Onassis, the fierce hatred of her rivals, and her relationship with an unforgiving press. Barbara Walsh will star as Maria Callas; Mark S. Hoebee is Artistic Director and Mark W. Jones is Executive Director. The play was written by Terrence McNally.

“We’ve grown so accustomed to seeing our magnificent pianos on the concert stage. It’s very gratifying for us to see one exhibited on the theatrical stage, as well,” said Todd Sanders, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Steinway & Sons. “We value and respect the work the Paper Mill Playhouse does, and we’re very happy to provide this beautiful instrument.”

About Paper Mill Playhouse
Paper Mill Playhouse, a not-for-profit arts organization, is one of the country’s leading regional theaters. Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional major support is provided by generous contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. For more information, visit www.papermill.org.

About Steinway & Sons
Since its founding in New York in 1853, Steinway & Sons has been considered the world's premier piano manufacturer. Known for their exceptional craftsmanship, Steinway & Sons pianos are built in one of two company-owned and operated factories: Astoria, New York and Hamburg, Germany. Steinway & Sons pianos are still constructed primarily by hand, using many of the techniques developed over 160 years ago. Today, Steinway & Sons also offers the Boston and Essex piano lines, Listen, a magazine for music and culture lovers, and the Steinway & Sons record label. For more information, visit www.steinway.com.

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