Rahway Purchases $90,000 Piano

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RAHWAY – At last week’s City Council meeting, council members approved a resolution to spend $90,000 for the purchase of a handmade Italian piano as part of a plan to establish the Klavierhaus Piano Conservatory.

The Fazioli Pianoforti F-228 will be on loan to the Union County Performing Arts Center.

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In his state of the city speech last month, Mayor James Kennedy touted the conservatory to be established at the Union County Performing Arts Center. The conservatory will “offer a wide variety of recitals, lessons, performances and more with special emphasis given to our young people,” he said.

A ceremony to celebrate the piano’s arrival, featuring Russian-born pianist Vassily Primakov, is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 21, at 4 p.m. at the UPCAC Studio Theatre.

City Administrator and Redevelopment Director Peter Pelissier told the Rahway Rising blog that the piano will attract internationally renowned pianists that have chosen Fazioli pianos to the arts center and described it as an investment in the arts district and the city’s overall redevelopment plans.


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  • login55

    This is outrageous.
    The government should not be taxing us to pay for the mayors pet “arts” projects.
    The arts should be supported by private donations. If the citizens of Rahway want an art district we will pay for it. The government should not be allowed to spent my money for such esoteric endeavors. My taxes should be used for roads, schools, police, fire, trash pickup and other essential services, not for a damn $90,000 piano.

    It’s time we in Rahway elected more responsible representatives both for Mayor and City Council.

    Dennis Evans