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Liberace to come to Holland

Concert, fundraisers support purchase of two new pianos

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ABOVE: Tom Boone, right, plays the Holland Theatre’s newly acquired Yamaha grand piano as Linda MacGillivray plays the new Baldwin studio piano that will be at the center of this weekend’s performance of Liberace: Meet the Man Behind the Grand, directed by Becky Engel, left, of Windmill Productions. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Dean Altstaetter, who will play Liberace in this weekend’s performance of Liberace: Meet the Man Behind the Grand, flashes open his sequined cape as he prepares to play a piece at the Windmill Academy Awards on May 28. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | REUBEN MEES)

An elegant grand piano adorns the stage of the Holland Theatre this week as Windmill Productions gears up for a one-man show on the life of flamboyant entertainer Liberace.

Playing the part of the glitzy pianist in Liberace: The Man Behind the Grand is Dean Altstaetter, an area pianist and former piano instructor at Ohio Northern University.

Although he was not a huge Liberace fan before being approached by Windmill board members Linda MacGillivray and Becky Engel about taking the role, Mr. Altstaetter said he has come to respect the musician and entertainer more and more as he learned about his life and musical style.

“To me it is a big honor,” the pianist said. “He’s mostly remembered for glitzy outfits and showmanship and the way he worked the crowd, but he was a great pianist. When he started, he played all the hard repertoires and he had a great background and classical training.

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