Together, the North End Music and Performing Arts Center and The Old North Church Foundation will help kick off the 75th year of the Celebrity Series of Boston season by co-hosting a piano for the, “Play me, I’m Yours!” street piano festival here in Boston. The piano will be held in the Old North Church courtyard and is available to the public for playing during the festival, September 27th to October 14th, 2013.
The excitement began when NEMPAC was first given the street piano this past summer. The piano was launched at the NEMPAC family night on July 18th, 2013 and painted by North End artist and resident Giovanni DeCunto to represent his view of a modern, Italian American community. The piano has since been moved to its outdoor home, the Old North Church courtyard so that members of the North End community and tourists alike can enjoy the piano.
Each year, only a handful of cities worldwide are selected to host pianos as part of this international festival. As described by the Celebrity Series, “Touring internationally since 2008, Play Me, I’m Yours! is an artwork by artist Luke Jerram that places pianos in public spaces for the enjoyment of the community. By creating a place of exchange Play Me, I’m Yours! invites the public to engage with, activate and take ownership of their urban environment.” Boston shares the 2013 honors with Monterey, Munich, Geneva, Paris, Cleveland and Omaha.
In the North End? Come check out our street piano and be part of this international festival and event! All our community members are invited and encouraged to stop by the courtyard, checkout and play this piano!
Want more information on the festival? Check out: http://streetpianos.com/boston2013/
In the photos, a NEMPAC class plays the North End piano.
One Reply to “Come Play the NEMPAC / Old North Church Foundation Street Piano”
Really liked your focus on some very young performers involved in the “Play Me, I’m Yours” piano installation! It’s amazing how programs like this make the arts accessible in major cities. Sing for Hope did it this past summer in New York City, and there’s a great music video by pianist Gregg Kallor playing the 88 pianos placed around the five boroughs of NYC as part of the program! It’s a beautiful ode to these piano programs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qFwF8DKkwo
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