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How did they power the concert?
I mean, even if it's acoustic, they need lights, right?

Power Plant Shut -- to Tune Piano

May 28, 10:49 am ET

OSLO (Reuters) - One of the Nordic region's biggest power stations shut Friday to let an expert tune a grand piano for a concert undisturbed by the hum of huge hydroelectric generators.

"When you put a big piano in there, you also need to tune it, and that is very difficult if the machines are running," said Tron Engebrethsen, senior vice president at Norwegian power company Statkraft.

The generators will be switched back on after Friday evening's concert which is being staged in an enormous underground hall at the 1,120-megawatt Sima power plant.

The hall, built in a rock cavern inside a mountain in the scenic Hardanger fjord in western Norway, is renowned for its acoustics.

Engebrethsen said a concert was held at the plant about once a year, but it was the first time they had shut down production to tune a piano.

The program includes music from Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" and Stravinsky's "Agon."

The generators, which will be down for nine hours, will be switched back on at 2200 local time.

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My husband uses a digital tuner designed to be used in the dark (when you're playing at a club or whatever). It clips onto the guitar and has a backlit LED display. Sweeeet

But that just makes sense. :) Fortunately guitar players usually don't need to see their instrument to play it. Can't say the same for pianists. I remember a talent show in high school where I played piano, but all their stage lighting was set up for rock bands, so there was lots of dim color and moving effect lights but nothing was lighting up the keys at all. I ended up moving the piano myself to shed some light on it since the lighting guys weren't going to help. But at least I had something to blame for all my slips during the performance. :)

If I'm used to the keyboard/piano, I don't usually need light.

But that's just me.

And regarding the tuning bit.... don't you think there could have been windows? :-P

Well, of course it depends highly on the kind of piano music being played. Straight chords would be easier in the dark than melody lines that jump all over the keyboard.

As for windows... um... "The hall, built in a rock cavern inside a mountain..." ...no, the thought hadn't crossed my mind. :-P

hmmm.. must actually read posts before commenting. :-P

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