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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