88 Keys to Inspiration
AT THE MOMENT WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING PIANOS. The demand for pianos is less than donations and our space is unfortunately limited. If you have a piano that is under 50 years old and in excellent condition we may consider it. We sincerly appreciate everyone's offer and are sorry we can't accept them all.
Donate a piano today!
The Aeolian and D&S Pianos have joined efforts to form a music community building program bringing quality donated pianos back to life in new homes with young musicians.
“We started up a conversation and it evolved into this program which we hope can provide music to a lot of kids in the city,” says Clark Bryan, executive and artistic director of The Aeolian, and founder of El Sistema Aeolian, a non-profit program offering free musical training for youth.
“I knew the El Sistema Program was exceptional,” explains Daryl Fabian, owner of D&S Pianos, “and I wanted to support it. Once Clark and I started talking about the number of pianos D&S could provide and how many children were eager to expand their music knowledge, it became obvious we had the makings of a great project.”
88 Keys to Inspiration is about creating opportunities for individual and community growth through the arts. We’re opening up the world of music to individuals and families who simply cannot afford to do so on their own.
“Children and music are naturals,” says Bryan, “and right from the start of the El Sistema Program we saw a tremendous dedication and commitment by the participants. Their talents and interests have pushed us to provide more for them and many children were asking for access to pianos so they could learn to play and develop a better sense of music composition and understanding of the orchestration they experience when playing the violins and violas.”
The program has started with the students of El Sistema Aeolian. Bryan hopes to eventually reach out to schools, and families throughout the London Community, nursing homes and public venues.
The first recipient is eleven year old Ayden Alvis, a viola player with El Sistema Aeolian.
“I really love the piano,” says Ayden, “I love music. It’s my passion.”
For more information or to donate a piano, contact:
(but please remember: AT THE MOMENT WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING PIANOS. The demand for pianos is less than donations and our space is unfortunately limited. If you have a piano that is under 50 years old and in excellent condition we may consider it. We sincerly appreciate everyone's offer and are sorry we can't accept them all)
795 Dundas St. E., London ON., N5W 2Z6
elsistema [at] aeolianhall [dot] ca
1700 Hyde Park Rd., Unit 7, London ON., N6H 5L7
info [at] dandspianos [dot] ca