January 21, 2008: Piano donation will help hone the skills of Capilano’s student musicians for years to come

      Monday, January 21, 2008
      Contact: Jesssica Thoms, Foundation director
      Tel: 604.984.1765

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Beautiful music will continue to fill the forest surrounding Capilano College due to a generous donation from Kawai Canada Music Ltd. and through the continued and much-needed support of Capilano’s donors.

      Kawai discounted more than $100,000 off of the purchase price of a new concert grand piano that will be housed in the Capilano College Performing Arts Theatre, and also donated a new RX2 EP Classic Grand Piano, valued at $36,000, for a classroom. Donors contributed almost $75,000 towards the price of the concert grand that is sure to please the thousands of visitors who attend performances in the theatre annually. As a teaching tool, these pianos will be played by hundreds of young emerging artists.

      “With the College’s budget already stretched to its maximum, a new grand piano on the stage of the Capilano College Performing Arts Theatre could only be acquired with the assistance of Kawai Canada Music Ltd. and our generous donors,” said Dr. Greg Lee, Capilano’s president. “Because of their support, our talented student musicians will have the best quality equipment on which to hone their talents for years to come.”

      Kawai Music Canada has been a longtime valuable supporter of Capilano, which is home to a remarkably talented creative community.

      “We at Kawai are very proud to be in a position to demonstrate in such a powerful way our continuing support for music education and Capilano College,” said David Mitchell, regional sales manager of Kawai Canada Music Ltd. “Kawai is committed to doing our part in helping to nurture the next generation of Canadian musicians.”

      The new concert grand will be introduced at a special Duke Ellington tribute performance on January 25 in the Capilano College Performing Arts Theatre. Tickets are available online or at the box office located at the North Vancouver campus.

      Capilano College serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. Enrolment totals 6,800 students in credit programs each term with an additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. Capilano offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university transfer courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees, associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, diplomas, certificates and statements of completion.