An ivory grand piano, on which hundreds of local students learned to play, is now being enjoyed by the residents of Springside at Seneca Hill.
Donna and Dante Ascenzi recently donated the G175 Young Chang piano to the retirement community, where her parents, Jack and Joan Taber reside.
“My parents made sacrifices so I could take piano lessons, and I thought this piano donation would be a wonderful tribute to them. I am very happy to see the residents receive some enjoyment from the piano,” said Donna Ascenzi.
She purchased this particular piano not only because it then match the décor of her home, but also because of its firm “touch” and the resonating sound it produced.
Teresa Ferlito, Springside’s chief operating officer, said the residents have indeed been enjoying the piano.
“Everyone at Springside is delighted to have the grand piano,” she said. “It’s the touch of elegance we have always wanted in our beautiful dining room, and I thank Donna and her family for such a generous donation. Having this quality instrument now makes it possible for Springside to host a wider variety of musical programs from the college, the local schools, and local professional musicians.”
Ferlito added, “Several residents do know how to play the piano so one or another will often sit for a few minutes to “twinkle” the ivories because it has such a beautiful sound. We have invited different pianists in to play dinner music, which creates such a wonderful atmosphere while the residents dine in our attractive dining room. We have already had an afternoon concert featuring, Anthony Crain Ph. D., a retired music professor at SUNY Oswego, who played for the residents and their friends.”
Mrs. Ascenzi gave private piano lessons in her Oswego home to both children and adults for more than 25 years. She estimates that she perhaps taught some 600 students using the piano. She earned her first master’s degree in music education and in addition to providing private piano lessons, developed Kinder Keys, a piano curriculum for four and five-year olds that received national acclaim.
Ascenzi has since returned to school to earn a second master’s in accountancy. She is a licensed certified public accountant and operates a private accounting practice in Baldwinsville.