June 16, 2015 5:07 pm
Updated: June 16, 2015 7:14 pm

Steady with the Steinway! Mount Royal University piano move underway


WATCH: It’s moving week at Mount Royal University, and as Doug Vaessen reports, that means hauling dozens of pianos.

CALGARY – Seventy-five pianos—worth an estimated $10 million—will be moved from Mount Royal University’s old Conservatory to the new Taylor Centre for Performing Arts this week in Calgary.

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“It’s exciting and at the same time what we are all discovering is it’s sad,” said Conservatory Director Paul Dornian. “We have been working on this project for about 15 years from concept to completion.”

On Tuesday, movers had to deal with the single-most expensive piano, a brand new Steinway valued at $250,000. Dornian says he will be on pins and needles until it’s safely in its own home.

“I would die if somehow that piano got dropped.”

“In my mind, that is the greatest piano in the world.” he said. “We went all the way to Hamburg, Germany to specially select that one.”

The Steinway will be played publicly for the first time at the new Bella Concert Hall on July 18.  It will take weeks for all the pianos to be repeatedly tuned and get used to the new climate-controlled centre.

Staff from Extreme Piano Movers are helping Mount Royal University in their task. June 2015.

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