Beth Child to perform at dedication of historic pianoPublished 7:51pm Sunday, November 17, 2013
A square rosewood grand piano circa 1880s has been given to the Landrum Library in memory of Mary Kathryn Nesbitt Galloway by Kathryn June Galloway Boggs.
Mary Galloway is the great grand-daughter of Carrie Jackson Landrum.
The piano was part of the furnishings of Ingleside, the home of Carrie Landrum and her husband J.B.O. Landrum, noted historian and author of History of Spartanburg County and other books on the history of upper S.C. The Mathushak piano is ornately carved with a pierced hinged music rack, lyre shaped carved pedal stand and French “knuckle” feet.
A formal dedication of the piano will take place on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. with pianist Elizabeth Child performing period pieces on the instrument. Child holds a doctorate from the Julliard School, a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree from Converse College, all in piano performance. Beth made her debut at age 10 and her New York debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
She has appeared with the Julliard Orchestra at Lincoln Center. Beth was the winner of the Twelfth Artists International Auditions and was the featured soloist in a PBS television special “How do You Get to Carnegie Hall?” She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States.
The library is honored to receive this historical gift and give it a home in the Landrum community where it formerly resided and was played by members of the Landrum family.
The library is honored to have a pianist of Child’s talent and renown to dedicate this instrument. This performance is free and open to the public. For more information call the library at 864-457-2218.
-article submitted by Lee G. Morgan