JUNEAU - In addition to hosting two benefit concerts, the University of Alaska Southeast College of Fellows is selling 88 keys, three pedals and the bench from an old piano to help raise $45,000 for its Piano Campaign.
The university hopes to buy a new piano for the Egan Lecture Hall, repair existing pianos at the school and host master piano classes for the community during 2005.
The College of Fellows put an ad in the Empire in December seeking an old piano. They were contacted by the Juneau Jewish Community, which plans to convert an abandoned building off Cordova Street into a new synagogue. The space contained a worn upright piano, made by Cornish and Company and dating back to the 1920s.
As of Sunday, the College of Fellows had sold 26 of the piano's 88 keys. First National Bank Alaska (formerly First National Bank of Anchorage) bought an octave (eight keys) for $2,000, as did the University of Alaska alumni. Mendenhall Auto paid $500 for middle C.
Keys cost $250 each. Chords (three keys) are $750.
For more information, visit www.uas.alaska.edu