This coming fall, a total of 75 pianos will be installed in public areas across Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville. These pianos will be made available for anyone who wishes to play them. The “Street Pianos Boston: Play Me I’m Yours” public piano installation by British artist Luke Jerram will be celebrating the 75th season of the Celebrity Series of Boston. The series was founded in 1938 by Aaron Richmond, a pianist and impresario. Since then, it has brought orchestras, chamber ensembles, vocal, piano and jazz musicians, dance companies as well as other performers to the Boston concert halls.
These pianos will be hosted from 27th September all the way till 14th October by dozens of local partners. They include the City of Boston, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Arts Academy, Harvard Office of the Arts and the Prudential Center. The decorating part of the pianos will be handled by local artists and community-based organizations. The Celebrity Series of Boston also have plans to arrange for a number of solo and ensemble performances.
Since 2008, the “Play Me, I’m Yours” campaign has been touring globally. Since then, over 1,000 pianos have been installed across 37 cities worldwide, reaching an estimated four million people. “I want to congratulate Celebrity Series of Boston on 75 years of bringing the world’s greatest performing artists to our city. The public piano festival, ‘Play Me I’m Yours,’ will give residents and visitors a chance to make music in the streets of Boston through this exciting public art installation,” stated Mayor Thomas M. Menino.
The exact locations of the 75 pianos will be announced around mid of September. Organisers also encourages people to upload and share videos, photos and comments about the installations. There is also plans to celebrate the piano installations as well as kickoff the 75th season of the Celebrity Series. It has been scheduled to be on 5th October at the Galleria at 10 St. James Avenue. “I’m thrilled to work with the City of Boston and our partner organizations to bring this public event to life. Bringing music to Boston is the core mission of the Celebrity Series, and we thank the Mayor and his offices for their support of Play Me, I’m Yours,” said Gary Dunning, Celebrity Series President and Executive Director. For the full story, you can read it here.