The sublime, unmistakable sound of a Steinway D Concert Grand Piano will fill Wolfe Recital Hall on Friday, Jan. 31, as Del Mar College faculty members Dr. David Sutanto and Dr. Shao-Shan Chen perform the inaugural concert on the Music Department’s newest acquisition.

The performance, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the East Campus facility located at Ayers and Kosar. For more information, contact the DMC Music Office at 698-1214.

Dr. Sutanto, associate professor music, and Dr. Chen, assistant professor of music, will perform well-known repertoire that includes works for solo piano as well as piano duets.

Dr. Chen will perform Sergei Prokofiev’s “Sonata No. 7 in B-flat major.” Dr. Sutanto will perform Wolfgang Mozart’s “Fantasy in D Minor,” Franz Schubert’s “Impromptu Op. 90, No. 3,” Felix Mendelssohn’s “Rondo Capriccioso in E major, Op. 14,” Frederic Chopin’s “Bacarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60” and Franz Liszt’s arrangement of “Liebestod” from Act 3 of Richard Wagner’s famed opera “Tristan Und Isolde.”

Drs. Chen and Stutanto will also perform two piano duets: Claude Debussy’s “Petite Suite, L 65” and Maurice Ravel’s “La Valse,” an early twentieth century work originally composed for orchestra.

The Steinway D Concert Grand Piano – the largest of Steinway’s grand piano family – was delivered to Wolfe Recital Hall on Nov. 25. Weighing 1200 pounds, the Steinway D Concert Grand Piano is nine feet in length and is handcrafted by more than 350 craftsmen at the company’s factory in Long Island, Dr. Sutanto notes.

Drs. Chen and Sutanto hand-selected the piano during a tour of the Steinway Factory in October.

“During that visit, we were made aware of how intensive and extensive each piano is manufactured. Each piano has around 12,000 parts and it takes about 18 months to build one piano,” Dr. Sutanto says. “Each part is meticulously crafted. The experience we had while choosing the piano is certainly a memorable one for us, because we had to choose the best out of the best.”

The Music Department’s $85,000 purchase of the new Steinway was possible through a generous contribution made by Wayne and Deneece Squires through the Del Mar College Foundation, along with a trade-in of an older Steinway the department had.

The value of the new instrument is $140,000.

Dr. Sutanto says the addition of the Steinway D Concert Grand Piano demonstrates to piano students that the College’s Music Department seeks to build on its long-standing tradition of providing a first-rate education on first-class instruments.

“Our purchase reflects on the Music Department, particularly the Piano Program, as being committed to be the best,” he notes. “Our piano students can now have exposure to the type of piano they will most likely find at many prestigious institutions’ concert halls.”

Dr. Sutanto adds: “Our current and future piano students are indeed blessed to get personal exposure to this marvelous instrument throughout their study at Del Mar College.”