The “Caligari” Piano Performance Series

The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft presents a series of concerts performed on the Wendell Castle “Caligari” piano that is currently on view as part of the exhibition Wendell Castle: Forms within Forms. Sponsored in part by Gist Piano Center, the concert series will feature local and national musicians playing on this unique instrument. Exhibition curator Joey Yates states, “The performances are a vital part of this exhibition. These musicians were selected not only for their diversity in approaches to musical styles and composition, but also for their ability to match the expert craftsmanship of Wendell Castle. It is a rare opportunity to have the piano on display and it’s a great way to bring multiple audiences into the museum during the run of the exhibition.”

The Wendell Castle “Caligari” piano was crafted in 1990 for inclusion in the unique and prestigious Steinway Art Case piano collection. Castle took inspiration from Herman Warm’s set designs for the classic 1920 horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The Model L Grand Steinway Piano is encased in a wooden white frame creating sharp angular forms and abrupt corners with loose indigo brushstrokes reminiscent of a German Abstract Expressionist painting. The rare showing of this piano and the accompanying performances will be a perfect melding of sight and sound.

Wendell Castle/Steinway & Sons, Caligari piano, 1990. Photo: Tim Furnish


Friday, January 4, 2013 • 7:30pm - IDIOT GLEE

Thursday, January 10 • 8pm - DANIEL KNOX

Friday, January 18 • 8pm - RACHEL GRIMES

Sunday, January 27th • 3pm - DANE WATERS


The Wendell Castle: Forms within Forms exhibition is sponsored by: Gist Piano Center, Rick Heath & Merrily Orsini, Arthur K. Smith Family Foundation, Babs & Lee Robinson, and Rev. Alfred R. Shands.

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