Instrumental changes

Posted: January 20, 2014 at 10:39 a.m.

Central High School’s grand piano, bought in 1927 for the school’s opening, belies its name. In its current state, there isn’t anything grand about it, Linda S. Haymes writes in Tuesday's Style section.

The ebony instrument of hard rock maple and spruce wood, steel and copper strings and ivory keys — once a magnificent masterpiece of precision construction — sits on the stage in the school’s 2,070-seat auditorium, battered and bruised.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette to learn more about how the cry to save the rare Steinway has grown to an organized, concerted effort, with an array of students, facility, school supporters and volunteers joining forces to rescue this piece of musical history.