Carole Plays for Peace 2004

WEST CHESTER, PA - Wednesday, October 6, 2004, Carole King made an unscheduled nonpartisan stop between campaign events today at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania, where the Steinway Peace Piano was on display at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall in the Philips Memorial Building.

Steinway & Sons created this specially designed concert grand piano to increase the public's awareness of UNICEF. The piano is a re-creation of a historic piano that was first exhibited at the New York World's Fair in 1939. In keeping with the theme of world peace, the piano features hand-carved doves and 195 flags of the nations of the world. The piano is on a two-year tour around the country, which began in May of 2004.

At WCU, the piano was the focal point of a 12-hour "perform-a-thon," during which schoolchildren and WCU students and faculty members were invited to play the piano, with all proceeds going to UNICEF to assist disadvantaged children throughout the world. Carole became a part of this "perform-a-thon" by giving an impromptu performance of "Being at War with Each Other" for the people in attendance.

Following the event, Carole said, "For me, this was one of the most memorable performances that I've ever done. The acoustics of the hall were so good that even with no microphone, the people at the back of the auditorium could hear my vocal performance as well as the piano." King added, enthusiastically, "It was a wonderful opportunity to combine music with a very worthy cause."

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