Experience Cole Porter’s Beloved Piano, “High Society”

May 7, 2019 - January 2020

Hear Cole Porter's Beloved Piano Live!

We've got a delightful new guest at New-York Historical: The 1907 Steinway piano that once belonged to Cole Porter. The American songsmith extraordinaire composed many of his classic tunes on these very ivories, including “Anything Goes,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.” We're thrilled to be hosting the piano—nicknamed High Society—while its usual home, the legendary Waldorf Astoria New York, undergoes renovations. To celebrate, we're presenting a series of free, casual performances most Friday evenings in May and June from 6:30-7:30 pm. 

Performances kick off May 10, with a session by acclaimed pianist Daryl Sherman playing selections from the Cole Porter and American songbook. Swing by and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime music experience as you stroll around the museum's ground floor during our Pay-what-you-wish Fridays nights

Additional performances:
May 17
: Daryl Sherman
May 24: Adrianna Stoiber
June 14: Simon Mulligan
June 21: Simon Mulligan
June 28: Simon Mulligan

Daryl Sherman, a pianist and vocalist who has been part of the New York jazz and cabaret scene since the mid-1970s, had a stunning 14-year run playing Cole Porter’s piano at the Waldorf Astoria for countless guests and the late composer’s family.

Adrianna Stoiber has performed and conducted with numerous artists and ensembles in the U.S. and abroad. She was pianist for the three-time Grammy Award-winning Florentine Opera Company, the Chicago Summer Opera, and the College Light Opera on Cape Cod.

Simon Mulligan, an internationally acclaimed pianist and Steinway Artist, has performed for many notable figures including President Barack Obama, Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family, and the family of the late Cole Porter. A CD of his Cole Porter recordings is forthcoming under the Steinway label.

In addition to the piano, two other memorable artifacts from the Waldorf Astoria collection will be on display: the nine-foot-tall, two-ton World’s Fair Clock Tower from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago that sat in the hotel's lobby and John F. Kennedy’s famed rocking chair from the lavish Presidential suite.

Anbang Insurance Group, owner of the world-renowned Waldorf Astoria New York, is collaborating with the New-York Historical Society on this installation.

Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Seymour Neuman Endowed Fund, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor. 


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