ARCADIA, Calif. (March 30, 2016)–Ensconced for decades in Santa Anita’s luxurious Chandelier Room, a vintage Steinway Grand Piano has been donated by Santa Anita to the Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation, located on the campus of Arcadia High School.
“We are extremely excited about this extraordinary donation to the Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation by Santa Anita Park,” said Gary Kovacic, Arcadia Mayor and President/CEO of the Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation. “This piece of Arcadia history will find a loving home at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center, and it will continue to provide musical magic to Arcadia students, residents and theatre patrons for generations to come.”
Arcadia Unified School District Superintendent David Vannasdall was equally appreciative.
“I know our students will absolutely love playing this beautiful Steinway Grand Piano,” said Vannasdall. “It’s such a great opportunity that we can now offer our students for years to come, thanks to Santa Anita.”
Manufactured in 1908, this magnificent instrument provided melodic background music to generations of race-goers that included legendary Hollywood figures such as Clark Gable, Betty Davis, the Marx Brothers, John Wayne, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Marlene Dietrich and many others.
“We are delighted to be able to donate this beautiful instrument to such a worthy cause as the Arcadia Performing Arts Center,” said Pete Siberell, Santa Anita’s Director of Community Services and Special Projects. “To think of all the many thousands of people this piano has helped to entertain, it’s only fitting that it remain close by, here in Arcadia.”
Santa Anita’s Chandelier Room, which was part of a recent $35 million renovation, remains a popular race day destination for weekend race goers and offers an ambiance befitting Santa Anita’s standing in the racing world.