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About Pianos in the Parks
Pianos in the Parks encourages you to discover your local parks, your musical talent, your inner performer and your community.
Want to know where each piano will be each day? Check here for a map and description of each park and the artist that painted the piano.
Check here for a schedule for performances and activities each day at the parks.
Pianos in the Parks is a true public-private partnership, involving many of our area’s leading music and arts organizations. The idea came out of this question: “What can we do that is fun, connects our community, and provides a platform for discovering the great things going on in our local parks?”
The Pianos in the Parks campaign combines the great talents, missions and efforts of the Bellevue Parks, City of Bellevue Arts, City of Mercer Island Parks, Classic Pianos, Classical King FM, Gage Academy of Art, KEXP, King County Parks, PlayNetwork, Port of Seattle, Seattle Center, City of Music, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Symphony, Ten Grands, Urban Artworks and is made possible by Laird Norton Wealth Management.
In addition to the primary partners, Pianos in the Parks has received generous support from local artists, musicians, companies and community organizations – making Pianos in the Parks a truly collaborative effort aimed at discovering local parks.More About Our Partners
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What’s Your Favorite Park – Video by PlayNetwork
What is your favorite park? Listen as those involved in the program discuss their favorite parks. Get out and check them out!
The Artists and Their Pianos – Video by PlayNetwork
Listen and watch the various artists discuss and showcase the pianos they designed and created.
Why Pianos in the Parks – Video by PlayNetwork
Listen to Bob Moser, CEO of Laird Norton Wealth Management, Ben Klinger from Classic Pianos, Tom Mara from KEXP and artists involved in the program discuss what Pianos in the Parks means to them.
July 16: Special Performance and KING FM’s “Instrument Petting Zoo” at Chism Beach
Music, Art and Fun in the Sun!
Ever wonder how heavy a trombone is? Or how light a violin bow? Today, kids of all ages can explore all sorts of musical instruments, thanks to Classical KING Fm’s Instrument Petting Zoo. It all takes place on Saturday, July 16, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. So pack a picnic and a swimsuit and get ready to make some music! The wonderful piano, “Imaginary Piano” by artist Karina Kudinova will also be available for everyone to play from 10 am to 7 pm.
And don’t miss the performance at noon by Andrew Gu, KING FM Young Artist Award Winner!
July 14: Tango with Us on Mercer Island
Are you ready to tango? On Thursday, July 14 at noon — at Luther Burbank Park — the Mercer Island Center for Arts (MICA) has made possible a noon concert by pianists Connie Wible and Suzanne Zahniser.
Suzanne and Connie will play these four pieces by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla: Fuga Y Misterio; Milonga del Angel; Libertango (possibly his most famous) and Tangata.
Piazzolla actually played the bandoneon, a type of accordion. The two-piano (four-hands) arrangement was written by Pablo Ziegler, a pianist who played with Piazzolla himself in one of his quintets.
“We love this music because it is so passionate and thrilling!” says Suzanne. Both she and Connie are Mercer Island residents, musicians and heavily involved in the Mercer Island arts community.
They will be playing on piano entitled “Crossings” by artist, Cynthia Wessling.
Any time on July 14, visit the MICA info booth near the piano and learn what MICA is up to. It’s a lot. To give you the scoop on that, we talked with Sharon Perez, who is heading the fundraising effort that should allow MICA to open its doors in 2019. (more…)