The elegant sound of a baby grand piano could become a permanent fixture at CANO if an upcoming fundraiser if successful.
The Community Arts Network of Oneonta is holding an event at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wilber Mansion to raise the $6,000 needed to purchase a baby grand that has been on loan since the fall.
The event, to be held at 11 Ford Ave., will include jazz and classical piano music, a cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres and desserts. In addition, those who attend will have the opportunity to “buy a key” for $60. Each person who does so will have their name displayed on a plaque on the wall of the mansion.
The instrument is on loan from the owner of the Carriage House Arts Studio, Doug Hallberg. The purchase will allow CANO to achieve a goal of diversifying its focus from the visual arts to include more musical events, said event coordinator Kellie Place.
“We want to collaborate with a wide variety of artists,” she said. It will also enhance the atmosphere, she said, by allowing for music that is a nice to alternative to electronic instruments.
Board member Amanda Mason said that the instrument has been providing a nice ambiance for gallery openings. There has always been people who were willing to play it for the events. Once it’s purchased it can be used for such activities as recitals and lessons, she said.
Those performing Saturday include Charles Eubanks, Rob Hunt, Rob Roman and Alexander Riba and others.
More information about the event is on CANO’s Facebook page, and people who can’t attend can donate through PayPal on the page as well.