Hello CAUT people,
I've just been asked to make a piano available for a short performance at the college commencement ceremony in May. It used to be held at the college quad but for the past several years the college has rented the city's NBA arena, a few miles away. I haven't spoken to the people from the commencement committee yet, but I want to have a recommendation in mind for when I do. My gut reaction is that they'd be better off renting a piano so that we (or me specifically) don't become bogged down in arranging transportation. And I have a feeling they're going to have some sticker shock when they find out how much it will cost to have the piano moved there and back. They probably think the college Facilities department can move the piano but I learned a long time ago to NEVER EVER EVER ask them to move a piano!
Any thoughts? Experience with this kind of thing?
Thanks in advance.
Have them rent from a local dealer. You'll be miles ahead in time and cost in the long run.
whats wrong with an electronic keyboard plugged into the sound system or even a good track with pomp and circumstances ? is this a commencement or a concert ? If it is a big space fuhgetaboutit y'all need a big concert grand mikes etc.... people at commencements want to have short speeches, good ac, quick giving out of diplomas/degrees . most graduations are torture
Hi James - It's not for the old Pomp & Circumstance, it's a performance of a short piece written by a retired professor who's receiving an honorary doctorate. The composer and the pianist are both bigshots so a real piano is required.
Totally agree however that graduation ceremonies are torture. It's all in your perspective however. If you're part of producing the ceremony year after year, it gets to be a grind. But if it's your kid traipsing across the stage, that's something else.
Thanks everyone. I recommended they rent a piano.