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Watertown piano exhibit intrigues music lovers

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"Keeping Time" is the name of the exhibit that allows visitors to play on pianos that composers from the 1700's also played.

"It sounded really cool, and it was fun playing it," said Isaac Peterson. Peterson toured the exhibit, and he also got to play on some of the pianos.

Music has been a part of Steve Misener's life since he was 10 years old. He's been collecting pianos for over 45 years, and now he is sharing his hobby with others. "Music is so much ingrained in us as humans. This is a way of expression where that would have come out. Everyone would have had a piano at some point in time," Misener said.

Every piano has a story behind it. The oldest piano at the display is not really a piano, but a cabinet organ dated back to 1690, 10 years before the first piano was created. The exhibit has around 32 pianos. This is only one-fourth of Miseners's personal piano collection of 130.

"It was fun to see all those old pianos, and they were pretty old and that was pretty cool," said Lily Gums. Gums also toured the exhibit.

The exhibit is at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Watertown. It will be held until June 15. Tours are scheduled Monday through Friday at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Misener says appointment's are not necessary.
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