- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A piano owned and played by George Gershwin and shipped to the University of Michigan for restoration work will be unveiled during a free public concert Friday at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor.

The 1933 Model A Steinway was donated to the school in 2013 by Marc Gershwin, George’s nephew.

Michigan announced a year ago that it was working with the estates of George and Ira Gershwin to provide music scholars access to the Gershwins’ papers, compositional drafts and scores to create a critical edition of their works.

The donation of the now-fully restored piano was intended to be a gesture of partnership between the Gershwin families and the university during the creation of the U-M Gershwin Initiative.

The university says it’s one of three Gershwin pianos in the U.S.

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