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Bösendorfer grand at home in Ventura church, California

A Bösendorfer grand piano Model 225 is being kept at First United Methodist Church of Ventura. The $150,000 piano will be dedicated to piano teacher Ada Lovingfuss's late husband, Warren, during a concert at the church on May 24.

San Buenaventura, commonly referred to as Ventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. The lovely coastal town offers some of the best surfing in Southern California. It has (partly) formed the backdrop for many a famous film, including Swordfish, Little Miss Sunshine, Chinatown, Erin Brockovich, The Aviator, and The Rock.

A special concert by the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra

This Sunday (May 24) the acclaimed Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra will come to town once again for their last concert of the season. It will be a special concert. Not only because the chamber musicians will be joined by the combined CSU Channel Islands Choir and First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir in Mozart's Requiem Mass. The second half of the program will feature perennial favorite Miriam Arichea playing Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto - on a new Bösendorfer grand.

A small plaque proclaims the ownership.

A small plaque proclaims the ownership.

Music in a beautiful sanctuary

Thanks to a generous donation from the Pleasant Valley-Ventura County branch of the Music Teachers Association, a discount at the Keyboard Concepts dealership (Store Manager: Dawn DeMars) and the combined efforts of local folks and groups that support music in Ventura County, the community now has the chance to experience the beauty of a Bösendorfer Model 225, which has made its home at the First United Methodist Church of Ventura.

The 80-year-old Spanish-style church has one of the best acoustic spaces in the city for live music. And First United Methodist Church of Ventura has always been gracious in allowing the association to hold recitals in its beautiful sanctuary.

The Bösendorfer grand received a warm welcome at Ventura.

The Bösendorfer grand received a warm welcome at Ventura.

"The tone is just magnificent. This is why most people want a Bösendorfer."

The late Warren Lovingfuss has enjoyed music and supported arts and students of music all his life. The Bösendorfer will keep alive the memory of him, and will inspire students. Warren's wife, Ada Lovingfuss, is full of praise for the instrument from Vienna: "There are many fine pianos around... but if you listen to the sound of the Bösendorfer, you will hear the sound of a magic piano. The tone is just magnificent. This is why most people want a Bösendorfer."

Piano teacher Ada Lovingfuss

Piano teacher Ada Lovingfuss

Read more about the Bösendorfer's new home:
www.venturacountystar.com
and about the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra:
www.cichamberorchestra.org


(Photos: Rob Varela/Ventura County Star)