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Heirloom piano spotted in Marion home

Staff writer

During the tour of the home of Max and Barbara Jackson in Marion on Sunday, an heirloom upright piano was spotted in the music room.

Max Jackson said the Steinway piano was built in 1907 and had been owned by the historic McLean family of Wichita.

A descendant, Julianne McLean, became a well-known concert pianist who performed throughout the U.S. and in Europe. She studied at Juilliard in New York, was a friend of pianist Van Cliburn, and studied voice under choral director Robert Shaw.

For more than 30 years, McLean taught lessons on the piano now owned by the Jacksons. She died in August 2015.

Max Jackson said they had gone to Senseney Music Store in Wichita to buy music this past year when they spotted the piano and bought it. It had been assigned by McLean’s daughter to the store to offer it for sale.

“We were still in the finishing stages of our music room when we bought it,” Barbara Jackson said. “It is visually appealing and has a lot of historical value.”

Last modified Dec. 6, 2017