In celebration of the 75th season, the Celebrity Series of Boston will partner with British artist Luke Jerram to bring his public piano installation, Play Me I’m Yours to Boston from Friday, September 27 to Monday, October 14, 2013. Celebrity Series will install 75 pianos throughout the Boston and Cambridge area to commemorate the anniversary season, bearing the simple instruction, “Play Me, I’m Yours.” Located in public spaces throughout Boston and Cambridge, the pianos are available for any member of the public to play and enjoy.
Dozens of local partner organizations such as the City of Boston, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Arts Academy, Harvard Office of the Arts and the Prudential Center will host pianos for the public to enjoy. A wide range of local artists and community-based organizations will decorate the pianos, and the Celebrity Series will schedule several solo or ensemble performances.
Reaching over two million people worldwide, more than 700 pianos have now been installed in cities across the globe, from New York to Sydney.
“I’m thrilled to work with the City of Boston and our partner organizations to bring this public event to life,” said Gary Dunning, Celebrity Series President and Executive Director. “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.”
“I want to congratulate Celebrity Series of Boston on 75 years of bringing the world’s greatest performing artists to our city,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino said. “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.”
There are still opportunities to donate, host, play or keep a festival piano. To learn more about Play Me I’m Yours, visit celebrityseries.org or streetpianosboston.com. Exact locations and a map of the pianos will be announced by mid-September and the public is encouraged to upload and share video clips, photos and comments.
Participating Medford artists include Lou Lim, Victoria Valente, Miranda Aisling, and Benjamin Warren.
Warren working on his piano
- Information and photos from Street Pianos Boston