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When Miss Sanchez was 18, she said, her mother decided she wanted to go back to school, much to the dismay of Miss Sanchez’s father. To take night classes, her mother had to prepare dinner and have it waiting for her father before she could leave.

“That is economic abuse,” Miss Sanchez said, “and it affects people across the economic continuum.”

Music to our ears

Steinway and Sons, legendary makers of handcrafted pianos for more than 150 years, will open its first Washington-area dealership in Tysons Corner Center in McLean. The store’s grand opening is Friday.

Perhaps it was inevitable. As more and more musicians and artists sing the District’s praises, it only makes sense they’ll need a Steinway store nearby for their visits to town.

According to Steinway and Sons, nearly all of the world’s concert pianists choose to play Steinway exclusively, without compensation, including Emanuel Ax, Evgeny Kissin, Lang Lang, Billy Joel, Diana Krall and Harry Connick Jr.

Incidentally, Steinway is the piano of choice for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Washington National Cathedral, and, yes, even the Supreme Court building and the White House.

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