In less than 2 weeks, the international festival Play Me, I’m Yours, which is an artwork by artist Luke Jerram, will be hitting the streets of Boston for the first time. Since 2008, this amazing festival has been touring internationally and has been an outlet of entertainment and delight for all audiences. Thanks to the Celebrity Series of Boston celebrating its’ 75th anniversary, over 1000 sponsored pianos will have been placed upon display throughout 37 different cities over the past 6 years. These cities consist of Monterey, Munich, Geneva, Paris, Cleveland, Omaha, L.A., London, Salt Lake City, Toronto, Salem (Oregon), Stratford (Ontario), Toowoomba (Australia), Perth (Australia), Cambridge, Hangzhou (China), Adelaide, Austin, Tilburg, Malta, Barcelona, Bath, New York City, Blackburn & Burnley, Cincinnati, Belfast, San Jose, Pecs, Grand Rapids, Sydney, Bury St. Edmunds, Bristol and Birmingham.
So, on September 27th through October 4th, 75 of these lucky pianos will be placed in various public places around Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline and Boston.
Now, what’s so special and unique about these pianos?
Well, these pianos are sponsored by various people around the world who want to promote music. In addition, all pianos implemented in this festival are donated. The donated pianos are then sponsored by various individuals across the globe and local artists are invited to decorate them.
Then, once the pianos are decorated and placed in their selected locations across the globe what happens next?
Anyone can play them. There’s no sign-up sheet or organized time slots for people to play – if anyone is in the area and sees one of the pianos unattended… Sit down and give it a whirl!
I’ve provided several videos to better demonstrate how amazing this festival is! Thanks to the Cambridge University YouTube Channel [ , there is a quick video that shows some behind the scenes footage of piano decorating! In addition, there is a longer, but just as wonderful video from ‘s Youtube Channel that shows a short documentary by Azim Moollan and Chiara Frisone during the Chiara FrisonePlay Me, I’m Yours Festival from 2009. In addition, thank you to the http://www.celebrityseries.org/CS_performers_2013_14/streetpianos.htm website for the information on this festival and if anyone would like to learn more about these colorful pianos click on this link!