Updated: November 13, 2019 06:09 PM
Created: November 13, 2019 01:18 PM
(ABC 6 News) - A 1915 Steinway grand piano has found a new home at Rushford-Peterson Schools. Its arrival is a reunion of sorts.
"We sat in the living room, listened to piano practice every day. It was unbelievable," said Luther "Lupy" Myhro, longtime Rushford resident and father of Sandy Myhro, who graduated from Rushford High School in 1972.
The story of the six-foot concert Steinway grand piano that sits in the music room at Rushford-Peterson began decades ago in the same town.
"We bought an old piano, I think we paid $40 for it way back then," Myhro said. He and his wife bought the instrument in the 60s because his daughter, Sandy, wanted to play.
"She was very interested in piano, that was for sure," Myhro said.
Sandy spent her high school years playing in choir concerts and musicals. Her talent took her to Luther College, then the University of Iowa, where she graduated with a degree in music.
"She went out to New York. We were not that excited about it because here she's going to be gone," Myhro said.
In New York, she and her husband built a life together.
"She always wanted to get a grand piano, and finally she got enough dollars together to buy one," Myhro said.
Rushford was never far from Sandy's mind. The plan was to move back home in a few years after she retired.
"We were looking forward to that, but time changed as you know," Myhro said.
In December of 2017, Sandy died from a heart attack.
"You kind of choke up once in a while, naturally," Myhro said.
"I told her husband, gee, you know it would be nice if you'd consider taking the piano back to Rushford where she graduated from," Myhro said.
That's how the piano arrived in a small town Southeast Minnesota, shipped from New York to Rushford.
"Steinway & Sons is one of the most iconic and oldest brands, so to speak, of grand piano out there, and this being a six-foot concert Steinway is just an amazing gift to the school," said Ben Mahlke, choral director at Rushford-Peterson Schools.
The piano, donated in Sandy's memory, will be used mostly for choral concerts.
"We're hoping to use it as much as we possibly can," Mahlke said.
Myhro, who exercises at the school three days a week, now has a piece of his daughter back home. "I'm sure she's so happy to know that it came back to Rushford, you know? And that was the feeling of our family, we would just love to see that piano back here," Myhro said.
While Sandy's gone, her love of music will live on at home.
There will be a short ceremony and musical performance at Rushford-Peterson High School on Thursday, November 14 at 7 p.m. to accept the donation of the piano.
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