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Join us to dedicate the NMM's Mason & Hamlin grand piano, featuring performances by USD College of Fine Arts faculty (current and emeritus) and students from the Department of Music and the Department of Theater.

Don't miss Arian Sheets, NMM Curator of Stringed Instruments, presenting a brief historical perspective, beginning at 6:45.

At the time it was designed, the Mason & Hamlin CC was the largest piano made, at 9’4” long and around 1500 pounds. It has an exceptionally large soundboard, allowing plenty of space around the bass bridge for a resonant, pure lower register. It was a very advanced design, a step beyond the Steinway D, which was largely in its present form by 1884. It reflects a time in which today’s favored concert grand, the Steinway Model D, was one of many competing design and sound concepts available to concert pianists. This Model CC is one of the first 9 produced of this exceptionally rare instrument. It allows pianists to explore a fine concert instrument with a unique sonority.

The NMM’s CC complements USD’s other two concert grands, a 1942 Steinway D in Slagle Hall, and a recently rebuilt 1971 Steinway D in Colton Hall.

The acquisition of this instrument was made possible by a generous gift from Dr. Gary and Connie Grittner, 2023. Restoration and ongoing maintenance graciously supported by the National Music Museum Board of Trustees.

This program is free of cost for NMM Members!


If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate, please contact Disability Services at least 48 hours before an event. Students and the public can contact Disability Services at 605-658-3745 or Faculty and staff should contact Human Resources at 605-658-3660.

Friday, September 29, 2023 at 12:00:00 AM UTC

Concert | Mason & Hamlin Piano Dedication

A live stream of this concert will be available to watch for free on our website. Please visit the NMM Live Video page to tune in if you cannot join us in person!




Our brand new first-floor galleries are officially OPEN! The wait is finally over - come see the NEW NMM. Information on the galleries, hours, and more can be found on the VISIT & LEARN and EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS pages!

Our regular hours are fully in place - stop by between 10 and 4, Tuesday to Friday, or between 12 and 4 on Saturdays, to see our seven new galleries, concerts, events, and more! 

The Jason & Betsy Groves Special Exhibitions Gallery is currently CLOSED in preparation for our upcoming special exhibition HIGH STRUNG: FIVE CENTURIES OF STRINGED KEYBOARD INSTRUMENTS



the NMM will be CLOSED until TUESDAY, 1/16

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