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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Flower Piano Extravaganza Returns to S.F.’s Botanical Garden

Jun 15, 2018
The annual Flower Piano extravaganza will take place at San Francisco’s Botanical Garden, from July 5-16, as twelve pianos return to the far corners of the Garden for all comers to play for just the price of admission (free for SF residents!).

The twelve-day, outdoor extravaganza transforms the Garden into the city’s own alfresco concert hall, and everyone is invited to play and listen for just the price of Garden admission. The pianos are tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within SFBG’s 55 acres and are available to anyone to play each day

At the heart of Flower Piano are the thousands of Bay Area residents who show up, often with sheet music in hand, and just play for the sheer delight of it, but as always, on weekend days, Sunset Piano has invited scores of professional pianists and a whole host of other musicians to perform throughout the Garden as well, and the public is welcome to pack a picnic and enjoy the shows. Several performers are new to Flower Piano this year including Latin jazz master Chuchito Valdés. The schedule has also been expanded to include more four-hand performances on dual pianos including one of Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals by critically acclaimed pianist Allison Lovejoy, together with Kymry Esainko and members of the Classical Revolution Orchestra.

Weekend days also feature poetry and music collaborations in the Beat Corner and the always popular takeover of all twelve pianos by invited performers both Saturdays, July 7 and July 14, from 12-2pm. Many visitors make this a musical treasure hunt, strolling from one performer to the next to sample the wide-ranging diversity of repertoire, from ragtime to Rachmaninoff. Weekends also include several family-friendly events including a character scavenger hunt by Rabbit Hole Theater, music-themed Story Times, special Bean Sprout Family Days with mini pianos in the Children’s Garden, and an interactive music, movement, and mindfulness program for families. Adults can also join special Flower Piano yoga and moving meditation classes as well.

And due to popular demand, NightGarden Piano, a special evening version of Flower Piano that sold out last year, is back and expanded to three nights, July 12-14. Beautifully lit pathways guide visitors to pianos aglow with performances by Sunset Piano all-stars and open pianos to play. Not to be missed this year are Jill Tracy’s Sonic Séance, Sarah Cahill performing music by Terry Riley and Meredith Monk, and the a cappella men’s choir Conspiracy of Beards singing the songs of Leonard Cohen. Food and drink are also available for purchase. Tickets are $45 each with proceeds helping to fund Flower Piano.

A full schedule of performances and programs with links for ticket purchase to select events is available at sfbg.org/flowerpiano.


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