In the final days of summer and for the seventh time since 2015, Flower Piano will once again transform the San Francisco Botanical Garden into the city’s open-air concert hall where everyone is invited to play and listen.
Attendees are invited to explore the garden’s global living plant collections while searching for pianos spread throughout the 55-acre living museum. At each of the pianos, there will be scheduled professional performances, open play times for attendees and performances from community partners – reflecting a range of genders, ages and cultures.
Flower Piano is a musical event/attraction that offers free access to music and pianos in the beautiful outdoor environment of the Botanical Garden. It is accessible and encouraged for all.
New this year, at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, is a special opening event, “Fall and Fly,” where a groundbreaking work created to order for 12 grand pianos will be performed on the large garden meadow. SF-based composer Benjamin Gribble wrote the experimental work in three movements, exploring the textures of a 12-piano choir. Stanford Symphony director Paul Phillips will conduct this unique performance.
Performance highlights include Ian Scarfe, Jill Tracy, Regina Myers and Sarah Cahill, Allison Lovejoy and Kymry Esainko, Rob Reich Trio, Dawn Oberg, Twelve Piano Extravaganza, George Brooks and Frank Martin, Gail Dobson Quintet, Rob Dehlinger’s Alpha Rhythm Kings, Lavay Smith, Van-Anh, SF Symphony musicians, Martin Luther McCoy with Paisley Hinton, Awesöme Orchestra, Tammy Hall and Leberta Lorál, Kev Choice Trio, Mariah Parker Indo Latin Jazz, Kitten on the Keys, Bay Area Poets, T0m Waits Tribute with Angela LaFlamme, SFJAZZ High School All-Stars, Classical Revolution, Mr Lucky and The Cocktail Party, Betty Roi Trio, Musica Cubana Quintet, Sumi Lee Levy, Kash Killion, Eric Shifrin, Ensemble SF and many more.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from September 16 to 20.
Courtesy of SF Botanical Garden