UNION CITY, Tenn. (April 27, 2019) — Discovery Park of America will receive a high-tech boost this weekend as the museum will feature two of the world’s most technologically advanced pianos during their “STEAM Saturday” event: the Yamaha Clavinova CSP digital piano and Disklavier ENSPIRE reproducing piano.

Focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, education specialists will be set up throughout the museum at different learning stations throughout the day beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The CSP will be showcased at the dinosaur-themed “Sound, Vibrations and Wavelengths” station where museum-goers will experience the world’s first instrument that can scan audio songs in a music library on a smart tablet and produce a piano score taught via interactive “Stream Lights” above each key. This technology will allow participants to play the theme to Jurassic Park from the moment they touch the keys.

Later in the day, the UT Martin Jazz band will present the “All that Jazz” concert in Dinosaur Hall. Performing from the UT Martin campus nearly 20 miles away, the band will be using a Yamaha Disklavier ENSPIRE which will enable highly nuanced performance data — the actual key strokes and subtle pedal movements made by the performing artist — to be transmitted in real time to the similarly-equipped Disklavier in Dinosaur Hall. As the band plays, viewers will be able to watch their live performance on a big screen TV in Dinosaur Hall, with the video perfectly in sync with the movement of the piano’s keys and pedals.

Both pianos were provided by Memphis-based piano dealer Circle Music.

“Discovery Park of America’s mission is to inspire children and adults to ‘see beyond’ and provide a greater understanding of our world, not just through the hard sciences but also through art and music,” said Andrew Gibson, assistant director of education, Discovery Park of America. “The more I learned about these pianos, the more I realized how important it is for Discovery Park of America to offer the opportunity for children and adults to experience the gift of music.”

“Music unlocks creativity and self-expression and adds a new dimension to a person’s life that they may not have otherwise known existed,” said Chuck Taylor, manager of Circle Music. “Circle Music is honored to have supplied these pianos to Discovery Park of America and hope that they open the door to a lifelong pursuit of music.”

For more information about Discovery Park of America, please visit https://discoveryparkofamerica.com/about-discovery-park/

For more information about Yamaha pianos, please visit https://yamaha.io/2rBfI7o


About Discovery Park of America
The mission of Discovery Park of America, a premier world-class museum and heritage park located in Union City, Tennessee, is to inspire children and adults see beyond. Included is a 100,000-square-foot museum featuring 10 interactive exhibit galleries with additional space for temporary exhibits from around the world and a 50-acre heritage park. Discovery Park of America is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations including its principal funder, the Robert E. and Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation.

About Yamaha
Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is one of the largest subsidiaries of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement, commercial installation and home entertainment products to the U.S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and NEXO commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, MusicCast wireless multi-room audio systems, Blu-ray/CD players, earphones, headphones, home-theater-in-a-box systems, sound bars and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, music, professional audio installation and consumer markets.

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