July 13-24, 2017, 9am to 6pm all days
This summer, music, community, and nature join forces once again in the heart of the city during the twelve-day, outdoor extravaganza known as Flower Piano. Now in its third year, Flower Piano once again transforms San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG) into the city's own alfresco concert hall, and everyone is invited to play and listen.
From July 13 - 24 only, visitors will find twelve pianos tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within SFBG's 55 acres and are encouraged to play what they like, from chopsticks to Tchaikovsky. On weekend days, event partner Sunset Piano has invited professional pianists and a whole host of other musicians to perform throughout the Garden as well, and the public is welcome to watch and listen.
Performers take over all twelve pianos on the two Saturdays, July 15 and July 22, from 12-2pm. Many visitors make this a musical treasure hunt, strolling from one performer to the next to take each in. In addition to the wide ranging diversity of repertoire, from bossa nova to Brahms, visitors can expect poetry and music collaborations in the new Beatnik's Corner this year; eight-hand performances on dual pianos; and even a live painting performance in concert with well-known pianist Allison Lovejoy.
Performances are also scheduled in various locations throughout the day on the Sundays, July 16 and July 23. Other highlights this year include the appearance of the San Francisco Symphony, as well as youth performers from Oakland School for the Arts and the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in San Francisco. The Community Music Center hosts a Summer of Love sing-along of hits from 1967, and families can enjoy special family friendly theater activities by The Rabbit Hole Theatre Company and special music making materials in the Children's Garden.