Steinway School / Inertia: The Musical
USF is joining an exclusive club as an “All-Steinway School,” with the goal of replacing the pianos currently on campus with hand-crafted Steinways. This week’s University Beat on WUSF-TV/DT shows you how this multi-million dollar project will help USF students make some beautiful music.
It’s probably one of the boldest, most challenging thesis statements ever at the University of South Florida, as an honors student creates a musical. Not a one-man, one-act performance, but a full-on, two-hour original production involving a cast and crew of sixty people! This week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7 FM brings you a look at Inertia: The Musical and introduces you to the man behind it, Chris Sgammato.
Dr. Ron Jones, Dean of the USF College of the Arts, says the inspiration for USF becoming an All-Steinway School came to USF President Dr. Judy Genshaft from a Sunday morning news program.
Leah Dodds & Agnieszka Zick, USF first year Master’s students in Piano Performance, talk about the benefits of practicing and playing on a Steinway.
A performance of Liszt’s Second Hungarian Rhapsody on a pair of Steinway pianos by Leah, Agnieszka & fellow first year Master’s student Jana Ceteleva, along with Miroslava Panayotova, a USF graduate who’s now teaching at the School of Music.
USF School of Music
Inertia: The Musical
Ashleigh Gallant, Director Marketing & Communications, USF College of the Arts
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Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV since 2007. He has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at radio stations in Tampa and his native Chicago since 1992.