Friday afternoon saw the return of Flower Piano to the San Francisco Botanical Garden from Golden Gate Park. While it’s not a matter of two weeks like in previous years, there are still twelve full pianos located in the Botanical Garden, with a busy schedule of musicians performing until 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and until 5 p.m. pm and Monday and Tuesday.
The Botanical Garden has provided a printable PDF schedule and map to help you plan your picnic and musical enjoyment. Valet bike parking will be provided and Andytown Coffee Roasters will be on hand selling coffee and pastries.
Usual appearances by members of the SF Symphony and the SF Ensemble are on the list, but with a number of eclectic additions. Sets will pay homage to everyone from Chopin to Elton John, popular local pianists Jill Tracy and Kitten on the Keys are scheduled, and other sets include “Martuni’s Piano Bar: Standards, Pop, Sing-alongs!” and âEarth, wind and flowers: chamber music of various stylesâ.
Admission is free for San Francisco residents, although pre-registration for RSVP is encouraged. For non-residents, admission is between $ 3 and $ 10 depending on age, and families are admitted for $ 21. Advance Flower Piano tickets are available here.
As in previous years, everyone is allowed to step onto the bench and play the piano themselves between sets. But this year there is a new twist. As KGO reports in the video above, this year there will be hand sanitizer stations at every piano.
Flower Piano will take place from September 17 to 22, with twelve pianos open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Schedule here, tickets and RSVP here.