Pianos, Coming to a Street Near You

05/21/2010 11:33 AM |

Takin it to the streets!!
  • Takin’ it to the streets!!

Last year, artist Luke Jerram put 30 pianos out on the streets around London town and let the locals have at them; by at least one account, it was fun. It was a project he had brought to several cities around the world; this summer, he’ll be bringing it, finally, to the streets of New York.

On June 21, 60 pianos will be placed in spots around the city, from Times Square to the Coney Island boardwalk. All five boroughs should get at least half a dozen pianos each. Presuming they are not destroyed by misoauralists, the pianos will be donated to schools and hospitals at summer’s end.

Unintentionally, it could become a powerful rebuke to the city’s leading classical music institutions, whose plans for al fresco summer outreach have been scaled back for the third year in a row. If all goes well, New Yorkers can prove to their premiere opera and philharmonic that they can play their own music for each other, thank you very much, reviving a tradition before recorded music, when friends and families would gather around a piano to listen and sing songs together.

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