By Jacob Stockinger
Add in the love of music as well as the love between a husband-father and wife, and then between a mother and daughter (below, on the left is mother Julia Monteros Wooster and on the right is daughter Mariah Wooster-Lehman).
Finish it off with some rebuilding and repairing, and the desire to make a generous gift to a university under siege from budget cuts dictated by an anti-intellectual governor, Scott Walker, and the Republican state legislature.
What you end up with is a love story, Steinway-style, that took place at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music. (And this piano is already in use in a practice room, 1268, of the George L. Mosse Humanities Building.)
It doesn’t need much introduction. The photos and the words, simple but eloquent and moving, written by the daughter, do the work.
The only thing to add is that The Ear recalls reading a new story that owning pianos in the home has become less popular nationwide. A lot of pianos even get junked or thrown out in the garbage, let alone neglected until they fall into disrepair and can’t be used any more.
So maybe there are more such pianos, with or without the love story, out there to benefit students and staff at the UW-Madison.
If so, leave a message in the COMMENTS section or call (608) 263-5615.
Here is a link to the story: