CARLSBAD, Calif. – September 13, 2016 – On Saturday, September 10, NAMM’s Museum of Making Music (MoMM) celebrated the debut of Spotlight on Casio, the latest addition to the museum’s many exhibits and musical instrument collections. Open now through January 29, 2017, the new display chronicles Casio’s 35 years of electronic music product innovations and features notable instruments including its first keyboard, the Casiotone CT-201; the AZ-1 classic “keytar”; the popular Privia digital piano (PX-560); a full 88-key Grand Hybrid action sample; and its newest digital piano, the CELVIANO Grand Hybrid. In addition to the display, visitors will be able to play a Casio Privia PX-160 in the interactive area of the museum.
The hands on playing experience, along with the robust display of 14 Casio electronic musical instruments, serves to connect the company’s many innovations directly with the public. It’s a connection that underscores the mission of the museum. “At the museum, we showcase the vibrant legacy of musical instruments and seek to connect our visitors through a hands-on approach,” shared Carolyn Grant, MoMM’s Executive Director. “We are excited to highlight Casio’s important contributions to our industry and to share its history with our many guests.”
The opening champagne reception was attended by MoMM members and donors, NAMM staff leadership, Casio fans and Casio leadership, including Alli Colasacco-Sharpe, Marketing Communications Coordinator; Sandra Jordan, Education Consultant; and Stephen Schmidt, Vice President of Casio’s Electronic Musical Instruments Division, who expressed his pleasure of the new exhibit. “As a worldwide leader in digital pianos, we are honored to be part of the NAMM Museum of Making Music,” said Schmidt. “At, Casio we understand the importance of providing musicians with high-performance instruments that foster creativity and deliver great sound. We are thrilled that NAMM has recognized the top-notch quality of our electronic musical instruments and invited us to be part of this exhibit.”
As part of the reception, attendees were treated to a performance featuring multi-talented keyboardist, Steve Weingart. Weingart has enjoyed a career spanning 20 years, and has performed or recorded with the likes of Dave Weckl, Chaka Khan, Eric Marienthal, Victor Wooten, Warren Hill and among others. Earlier in the day, Weingart presented a piano technique masterclass where participants used WK6500 keyboards donated by Casio.
The Spotlight on Casio display will be open until January 29, 2017. The Museum of Making Music is open Tuesday through Sunday and free to all current NAMM members.
About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.casiousa.com
NAMM's Museum of Making Music presents the storied history of music instruments and products - from invention, to creation, to market - as its canvas to enrich people of all ages and backgrounds. They do this by offering educational immersion opportunities, exhibitions, hands-on experiences, and live performances that inform and inspire, while demonstrating how musical instruments impact popular culture and connect lives.
A division of the NAMM Foundation, the museum opened at the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) headquarters in March, 2000. MoMM is the only museum of the music products industry, and is the only museum worldwide that focuses on the ecosystem of music making from 1900 to present day.
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