PICKENS — Pickens Presbyterian Church organist Carla Padgett will introduce the church’s recently-acquired Steinway grand piano to the music-loving public, as well as the congregation, with a recital at 7 p.m. June 12 in the church sanctuary.
Far from new, the piano, built in 1921 and newly restored by Steinway specialists Case Brothers Co. of Spartanburg. is one of those top-of-the-line instruments whose quality and richness of tone is considered enhanced by its antiquity.
“I just want everyone to hear the difference, the beauty and the magnificence of its sound,” said Padgett, who studied piano, violin and conducting at the University of South Carolina and Furman University, and began her study of organ techniques and repertoire in France.
Offspring of long-time Pickens County families, the pianist grew up in Columbia and has, for several years, lived on a small farm in Liberty amid chickens, rabbits and elderly horses, hand-raising row crops and teaching piano and violin, and fiddling a little bluegrass with friends.
For her, the recital also celebrates the first anniversary of her work as organist at Pickens Presbyterian.
The listener-friendly free program will run a little over an hour, and will include waltzes and polonaises by Chopin, and works by Schubert, Debussy and others. The church is at 311 W. Main St. in Pickens.