What an idea! The charitable organization, Sing for Hope, organizes a city wide festival in the summer, placing eighty-eight pianos (matching the number of keys on a piano) in public spaces.
The pianos are decorated, some by celebs, some by artists, and some by community and youth groups. Anyone can go play one of these pianos.
And, there are also scheduled concerts—free, of course—that run the gamut from opera to jazz to kid music.
When Will Sing For Hope Pianos Be Made Public?From June 1-16, 2013, for 2 weeks, you wil find 88 pianos distributed across 5 boroughs.
The idea? Their vision is that "all New Yorkers have access to the arts.".
After the two week event, the pianos are donated to schools and hospitals.
2013 SCHEDULE TO BE ANNOUNCED. BELOW IS 2011 SCHEDULE (Get an idea of where to look for them...)
- 1-1:30pm: Brooklyn Bridge Park: Enjoy Mid 20th Century Classics by Lois Berseth. Hear love songs from the 40s and 50s, such as These Foolish Things, Body & Soul, Because of You, When I Fall in Love, and Deep Purple.
- 6-6:30pm: Under the BQE @ Park and Washington Avenue (Clinton Hill): The High and Mighty Brass Band play New Orleans-style funk and R&B with a gorgeous baby grand piano.
- 6-7pm: DUMBO Archway: Mixed media fun! Elaine Kwon performs throughout the evening wearing a custom outfit matching her piano. Both are wearing crochet work.
- 1-1:30pm: Coney Island: Jazz and Blues wiht Sarah LeMieux.
- 1-1:30pm Shore Road Park: Concert by Valerie Kraft.
- 6-6:30pm: Prospect Park Carousel: Hear Tunes while Kids Chalk: Great local pianists will play the piano in tune with the carousel, while the kids can make chalk art.
6-6:30pm: Prospect Park: Grand Army Plaza: Piano music by Ellie Aaron.
Learn more about Sing for Hope.