Chicago Piano Superstore to Celebrate Grand Opening of New 21,000 Square Foot Showroom With 3 Days of Events and Guest Performances

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ — Chicago Piano Superstore has opened a new 21,000 sq. ft. showroom in Downers Grove, IL. On March 2, 3, and 4, 2007, guests and performers will be on hand for the various Grand Opening events. Henry Z. Steinway, 91, will join Roger Williams in hosting guests from 6 PM to 7:30 PM on Friday, March 2, 2007. Also on Friday will be performances by Roger Williams and the recent winners of the Steinway Piano Competition and other special guests including Chicago’s own Rosemary Bailey, product specialist for the Roland Corporation. Chicago Piano Superstore displays more than 200 pianos and organs, offering one of the largest selections of keyboard instruments in the US. It is also home to the largest selection of classical and theatre organs in the Midwest.

The showroom has separate rooms devoted to particular manufacturers, including Steinway Pianos and Allen Organs. It also houses a performance space with flexible seating and superior acoustical design for musical events and recitals. The organ showroom even includes a replication of chamber and the ability to replicate the acoustics of many different spaces.

Schmitt Music of Minneapolis (also the owner of Wells Music in Colorado) and Jordan Kitt’s Music of College Park, Maryland became the new owners of the predecessor of Chicago Piano Superstore in April, 2005. Schmitt Music was established in 1896 and operates 26 stores in 10 states. Tom Wennblom, from Wells Music in Denver was chosen as the General Manager of the Chicago operation. Jordan Kitt’s Music was founded in 1912. In addition to the new Chicago location, Kitt’s operates 11 keyboard stores in 6 east coast metropolitan markets, including Washington, DC, Baltimore and Atlanta. Both companies are family owned and enjoy a long standing reputation for quality merchandise and service. In the past 100 years each has won every top award for excellence in the music industry.

Frank Mazurco, Executive VP of Sales & Marketing for Steinway Piano and Steve Markowitz, President of Allen Organ Co. will be joined by the executive management of several other manufacturers attending the 3-day opening event. Several limited edition Steinway pianos including the Henry Z. Steinway and the Roger Williams Gold Piano will be on display. A separate showroom of Allen Organs will also be on display with special performances planned throughout the event. Special guest, Felix Hell will perform on the Allen Classical Organ on Sunday March 4. Mr. Hell is world-renowned and has performed all over the world. Now 21, Mr. Hell has the distinction of being the youngest Organ Major to receive a Bachelor of Music from the world famous Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia in 2004 at age 19.

Lee Maloney, Manager of Organ sales and service at the new location also serves as the house organist at the Chicago Theatre. The Chicago Piano Superstore is located at 1205A Butterfield Rd. in Downers Grove, IL. 60515. (Frontage Rd. just south of Butterfield Rd./ west of Highland Ave. Enter off of Highland, just south of Butterfield or off of Butterfield, just west of Highland). Phone # 630-512-9200. Web address: .

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CONTACT: Lee Maloney, Manager, Organ Sales, Chicago Piano Superstore,+1-815-693-9510, or [email protected]

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