A delightful artist, with a unique blend of musicianship and showmanship.
— National Public Radio

One of the most original voices in classical music, Steinway Concert and Recording Artist Lara Downes presents a unique lecture/demonstration On the Bench: The Story of a SteinwayIn an entertaining and lively presentation blending narrative and musical performance, Lara traces the history and evolution of the grand piano through two centuries of music by the great composers, demonstrating the range and power of the “King of Instruments”.

Offered with a range of K-12 outreach and community engagement options for audiences ages 6 to 106!



The Piano is Born             Beethoven: "Pathetique" Sonata

The Piano Soars               Chopin: Andante Spianato & Grand   Polonaise Op. 22

The Piano Roars               Bartok: Allegro Barbaro

The Piano Sings:              from A Billie Holiday Songbook

The Piano Swings            Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

The Piano Today              Fred Hersch: Melancholy Minuet

Lara’s deeply personal performance engaged our audience so well and created such a celebratory atmosphere that it was absolutely ideal for Steinway Piano Gallery’s first anniversary event in Cleveland. She is a true, loving ambassador for all our Steinway designed pianos and her performance was a beautiful example of that partnership.
— Catherine Good Brulport: Steinway & Sons