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Billy Joel Donates $250K Piano to Long Island, NY, University

Image courtesy of BillyJoel.com (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of BillyJoel.com (via ABC News Radio)

Billy Joel is busy preparing for his big New Year's Eve show in Brooklyn, New York, and his residency at Madison Square Garden next year, but he still found time in his schedule to give back and help aspiring musicians.  He's donated a piano worth $250,000 to the music department of Stony Brook University, located on Long Island, New York, where he lives.

The piano is a Bosendorfer Imperial Grand Piano, considered the "Rolls Royce" of that particular instrument, according to the university. Perry Goldstein , the chair of the school's music department, said in a statement that he happened to run into Joel over the summer and thanked him for a Baldwin piano he had donated several years ago.  That's when the Piano Man told Goldstein that he'd "heard very good things about the music program at Stony Brook," and added that "he might have another piano" for the school.  It arrived several months later.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer made the donation through his Joel Foundation, which provides music scholarships, gifts and endowments to schools across the East Coast.

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