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Flower Piano At The San Francisco Botanical Garden In Golden Gate Park

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 12, 2019 07:57pm | Post a Comment

Flower Piano

Amoeba Music is thrilled to be a sponsor of the fifth anniversary Flower Piano celebration at San Francisco Flower PianoBotanical Garden (SFBG) in Golden Gate Park, July 11th - July 22nd. Flower Piano transforms the Garden into the city’s own alfresco concert hall for twelve days, and everyone is invited to play and listen for just the price of regular Garden admission. Twelve pianos are tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within SFBG’s 55 acres and are available to the public to play each day, July 11-22, from 9am-6pm, except during select performances.

On weekend days, the public can enjoy a diverse schedule of performances from guest musicians and artists. Both Saturday, July 13th and Saturday, July 20th feature the always-popular Twelve Piano Extravaganza when all of the pianos are taken over by the pros between 12-2pm. Visitors can listen to a wide variety of genres from classical to cabaret over the course of two hours. On July 13th, this event includes a fun-for-all, dance-along ballet extravaganza led by Daniel Sullivan. July 13th also features a special program from 2-5pm by a full symphony orchestra known as the Awesöme Orchestra Collective that invites the audience to experience both the rehearsal and performance of two piano concertos. The following Saturday, July 20th, Sunset Piano performs poetry and music collaborations from 2-5:30pm, Bay Area Hawaiian dance supergroup Na Lei Hulu I ka Wekiu will perform innovative contemporary and traditional hula accompanied by piano from 2-4pm, and members of SF Symphony will perform from 3-5pm.

Sunday, July 14th and Sunday, July 21st also feature multiple performances throughout the day including the Francisco Rosales Ensemble with a program in Spanish of Cuban traditional music; Kash Killion with a world music program on a variety of fascinating instruments from around the globe; Tammy Hall’s tribute to Bay Area Black women in music; the Stanford University Ragtime Ensemble performing rarely heard Scott Joplin Rags; the very danceable Rob Reich Swings Left; and featured pianists Sarah Cahill, Van-Anh Nguyen, and more. Sunday, July 14th features special duo piano programs including award-winning pianist Allison Lovejoy with members of the Awesöme Orchestra Collective and puppeteer Niki Ulelha presenting Saint-SaënsCarnival of the Animals.

Weekends also include several family-friendly events from a character scavenger hunt by Rabbit Hole Theater to music-themed Story Times and special Bean Sprout Family Days in the Children’s Garden. Adults can also join special Flower Piano yoga led by Kaiser Permanente staff and moving meditation classes.

Flower Piano at Night, a special, ticketed evening version of Flower Piano, returns for July 18-20. Beautifully lit pathways guide visitors to pianos aglow with performances by Sunset Piano all-stars and open pianos to play. Performers, who vary each evening, include Jill Tracy and her Sonic Séance, a jumpin’ jive piano party with Rob Dehlinger’s Alpha Rhthym Kings, Brazilian Bossafolk with Paolo Sultanum and Casulo, and more. Food and drink are available for purchase from a variety of food trucks and outdoor bars. Tickets.

Other evening events include a new, ticketed Flower Piano at Sunset for families and others that features performances by the Little Mission Studio Chorus and Chamber Ensemble, Charity Kahn, music classes for toddlers by Meadowlark Music Class, and a young talent showcase that offers musicians ages 12 and under a chance to sign up and perform as a featured guest artist that night. Tickets.

Check out the full schedule of Flower Piano events and more HERE!

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