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FAU Receives Steinway Parlor Grand Piano

            BOCA RATON, FL (November 28, 2007) –   Roy F. Deng, Jr. of Delray Beach recently donated a Steinway Parlor Grand Piano to Florida Atlantic University’s department of music. Steinway and Sons is known as one of the world's premier manufacturers of high-quality pianos.   Each piano is handcrafted and takes a full year to make.    The piano will be housed in the studios used by FAU piano instructors and students.

            “We are extremely lucky to have received this donation,” said Edward Turgeon, assistant professor at FAU and part of the piano performing group Duo Turgeon.   “We just don’t have the resources to purchase as many of these pianos as we need, and so we rely on the generosity of people such as Mr. Deng.”

            The piano, made in 1922, was originally purchased for Deng's mother, Mabel S. Deng, by her father when she was 18 years old.   It has been in the Deng family ever since. When Mabel Deng moved from her primary residence in 1980, her son brought the piano to Florida.

 “I am happy to be able to support the important work that is being done in the department of music in the School of the Arts at FAU,” said Deng, a retired architect.   “There is a great need for support of the arts in general.”

The School of the Arts in FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters brings together FAU’s music, theatre and art departments, as well as the University Galleries, to provide specialized and interdisciplinary education for arts students.   For more information about the department of music in the School of the Arts, call 561-297-3820.

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