Sunday afternoon, Broadway Presbyterian Church will host a recital with Katie Dake, who will play the church’s nearly century-old Steinway grand piano; a piano with a long legacy of faith and love.
“Del and Stella Heckart gave generously of themselves to Broadway Presbyterian Church during their lives,” Church Music Director Debbie Mitchell said in an email. “One of Stella’s great loves was music and playing the piano. She and Marian Tempel often played piano/organ duets, and an Easter tradition was for the two of them to play ‘The Holy City.’
“Stella died in 2001, and after the sanctuary restoration after the fire, Del and Stella’s daughter Sue graciously donated Stella’s Steinway grand piano to the church,” she added. “Since then, it has contributed to Broadway’s excellent music program, and has added grace and beauty to the church Del and Stella loved.”
Mitchell told the Democrat on Wednesday the piano was recently refurbished.
“Like anything else, when you get to be 100-years-old you need to go to the doctor,” she said. “Sue wanted it to be in wonderful condition, so it will last another 100 years. We had some refurbishing done and we’re presenting Katie’s recital in conjunction with this refurbishment.
“We just thought this would be a perfect time, since the piano has been refreshed and it just sounds glorious,” Mitchell added. “The church has used it since 2001, and when you get the new felt, and new hammers and everything … Steinways just have this fabulous sound, especially the old ones. The old ones just have incredible sound.”
Sunday’s recital will feature a variety of music. Dake will also play a piano/organ duet with Danny Baker during the afternoon event.
“It’s going to be a remnant from the past when Stella and Marian Tempel played organ/piano duets in the church,” Mitchell said.
Baker studied music from 1998 to 2004 at Northwest Missouri State University. He is the music director at St. James Catholic Church in Liberty. He will play the organ while Dake plays the piano. Baker will also perform a couple vocal arrangements.
Dake, who graduated in 2006 with a bachelors in education from Northwest Missouri State University, will play several sacred pieces on the piano plus some classical music. She will also present several pieces from well-known musicals.
Dake taught elementary music in Wamego, Kansas, where she received the the Kansas Horizon Award presented for “exemplary first-year teachers.” This year she is teaching music at Skyline Elementary School in Sedalia. She and her husband Joel Dake have lived in Sedalia for seven years. At Broadway Presbyterian, she serves as the accompanist for the church choir.
Katie Dake’s piano recital will be hosted at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Broadway Presbyterian Church, 209 W. Broadway Blvd. A reception will follow the recital. The event is free and open to the public.
Faith Bemiss can be reached at 530-0289 or @flbemiss.