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Description of Pictures: Experience Cole Porter’s Beloved Piano, “High Society”
May 7, 2019 - January 2020
We've got a delightful new guest at New-York Historical: The 1907 Steinway piano that once belonged to Cole Porter. The American songsmith extraordinaire composed many of his classic tunes on these very ivories, including “Anything Goes,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.” We're thrilled to be hosting the piano—nicknamed High Society—while its usual home, the legendary Waldorf Astoria New York, undergoes renovations. To celebrate, we're presenting a series of free, casual performances most Friday evenings in May and June from 6:30-7:30 pm.
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NYHSCP_190531_07.JPG: Cole Porter's Grand Piano, 1907
Cole Porter's Steinway grand was built by the renowned instrument maker in 1907. Waldorf Astoria New York's managers gave the piano to Porter (1891-1964) after he moved into a ten-room apartment in the hotel's Waldorf Towers in 1934. Porter composed numerous hits on this Steinway, one of two pianos kept in his apartment, including "Anything Goes," "You're the Top," and "I've Got You Under my Skin." The hand-decorated mahogany case features scenes painted by British landscape artist Arthur Blackmore, who was commissioned by Steinway & Son's art department at the time the instrument was made. After the composer's death, the piano was displayed in the Waldorf Astoria's lobby and regularly played in its Peacock Lounge. This piano, along with President John F. Kennedy's highback rocking chair and the Waldorf Astoria'a grand lobby clock, arriving in late summer 2019, are on display in the Smith Gallery during the hotel's renovation.
NYHSCP_190531_12.JPG: We kindly ask that you refrain from playing this piano and we thank you for helping us preserve this unique piece of the Cole Porter Legacy.
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2019 photos: Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Trips this year:
a four-day jaunt to Massachusetts (Boston, Stockbridge, and Springfield) to experience rain in another state,
Asheville, NC to visit Dad and his wife Dixie,
four trips to New York City (including the United Nations, Flushing, and the New York Comic-Con), and
my 14th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con (including sites in Utah).
Number of photos taken this year: about 582,000.