The two pianos, a nine-foot Steinway D concert grand and a seven-foot Boston grand, were purchased using a grant from the Plough Foundation.
Ax will open the season with two performances on September 17 and 18, performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 9. Ohlsson will perform Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 as part of a Rachmaninoff Festival in October.
Other visiting pianists include Andr_-Michel Schub, playing Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto; Jorge Federico Osorio, playing Manuel de Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain; Orion Weiss, playing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21; and John Nakamatsu, playing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27.