So you only know how to play chopsticks or maybe after years of piano lessons you can play a mean Chopin. Well this summer, in July to be specific, you can be a maestro in the Upper Valley thanks to Hand On Pianos. Colorfully decorated pianos will be turning up at bus stops, parks, sidewalk plazas, farm stands, general stores and other unexpected places throughout the region for the month of July available for people of all ages to engage in music making. This “street piano” project will kick off the Hop’s 50th Anniversary Season with the pianos being transformed into eye candy by local artists. There are four ways to get involved:
You can offer a piano for donation.
You can offer a partner piano.
You can decorate a piano.
Volunteer as a piano “angel”. Helps assure the pianos stay healthy while outdoors by signing up to check on one (or two) daily.
This is a chance for the individual to try their hand at all 50 pianos and for all the donated pianos to have their proud finale before they hit that “Great Steinway Store in the Sky”. At the end of the project, the donated pianos will be mined for usable and recyclable parts. You can stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, practice getting your fingers moving on our 1895 Hazelton parlor grand. What a great summer weekend project – visit as many spots that harbor a piano in a weekend. And how about a picture or video of you tickling the ivories.