SHE’S been a model citizen of Wangaratta for the past 50 years.
Well, a model D concert grand piano by the name of Steinway & Sons to be exact.
And next week the city will pay homage to this grand old dame with a series of lunchtime concerts at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre.
But it won’t just be polished performers tickling the ivories.
“Ordinary blokes” like Keith Shimmen will take his turn at the keys along with Dr John Heinze, who was on the Arts Council that approved the original purchase for the princely sum of 2900 pounds.
Although the piano has also entertained the likes of The Little River Band — who loved her velvet sound so much they offered $68,000 to buy it.
For people like WPAC venue manager Penny Hargrave and arts council president Margaret Brickhill the piano’s enduring popularity lies in its widespread appeal and anyone can register to play it.
To read more about Wangaratta’s piano for the people, read Pulse.
Click play on the video below to hear the old girl's tune (iPhone users go to video tab in menu).