Flower PIANO : music by you & for you

Flower Piano is back for its third year, celebrating music, nature, and creativity. In collaboration with Sunset Piano the Garden will once again be filled with music, for you and by you!

Flower Piano is a special 12–day long community event from July 13-24 only, where 12 pianos are placed at dramatic, picturesque locations throughout the Garden’s 55 acres for anyone to play. All 12 pianos will be available for the public between 9am and 6pm each day, except during performances. Flower Piano is free following regular admission to the Garden (free for members and San Francisco residents with proof of residency, $8 for non-resident adults).

This year’s program has many exciting ways you can experience the magic of the pianos including:

NightGarden Piano – Saturday, July 22, 7:30-10:30pm – Purchase Tickets ($40 each)
NEW this year, NightGarden Piano is a special evening event on Saturday, July 22. Beautifully lit pathways guide visitors to pianos aglow with performances by Sunset Piano all-stars and open pianos to play. Food and drink available for purchase. All proceeds help to fund Flower Piano.

Twelve Pianos Film Screening – Saturday, July 15, 7pm – Purchase Tickets ($12 each)
The Garden will host a ticketed screening of the documentary film Twelve Pianos, followed by a Q&A with Dean Mermell and Mauro ffortissimo, co-directors of Sunset Piano, on Saturday, July 15 with proceeds benefiting Flower Piano as well.

Flower Piano is for and by the People! This amazing program is free to all San Francisco residents and included in general admission costs for non-residents. To keep it that way, please support this creative community program.

Crowdfunding Campaign 
Simply and easily donate to the Flower Piano crowdfunding campaign to help make it happen! Special events are associated with giving levels, so donate today and tell your friends. Thank you!

Member Event – Thursday, July 20, 6-8pm – Become a Member
While Flower Piano happens once a year, membership to the Garden provides benefits year round! Consider becoming a Garden member today, and harvest the benefits – skip the weekend lines with expedited member entry at the Main Gate, bring a complimentary guest on every visit, and enjoy exclusive access to the pianos with complimentary drinks and snacks at the Flower Piano Member Night on Thursday, July 20th.

Sponsorship Opportunities 
Sponsorship opportunities are still available for Flower Piano 2017 – contact Elisa Heikkila, Associate Director of Development at eheikkila@sfbg.org for details.

Press
For press inquiries please contact Nina Sazevich at press@sfbg.org.

Again, see below for the full schedule of performance and events. We hope you’ll join us for a truly unique San Francisco event in the Garden!

Event Sponsors

Special thanks to generous anonymous donors for making Flower Piano 2017 possible. Additional support is provided by Garden donors, members, foundations, and through the money raised by NightGarden Piano and Twelve Pianos film screening.

Media Sponsors

Flower Piano 2017 Schedule of Performances and Events

Thursday, July 13

9am-6pm – Opening Day
Pianos open to all at 9am. No scheduled performances or events.

Saturday, July 15

10-11:30am – Rabbit Hole Theatre
Family-friendly theater activity will focus on pianos and locations nearest Friend (North) Gate

12-2pm – Piano Extravaganza #1

1. Great Meadow
Joshua Raoul Brody, w. or w/o Friends : Standards, Substandards, Originals, Aboriginals

2. Exhibition Garden – Thomas Church Pavilion: Duo Pianos
Esther Aeschbach & Benjamin Gribble : Original Compositions for 4 Hands
The CMC Piano Marathoners : Classical 2, 4, and 8 Hands, featuring The Danse Macabre

3. Garden of Fragrance
Paulo Sultanum and Guests : Original repertoire of bossa-nova, tango, classical and pop

4. Rhododendron Garden
Holly Mead and Friends : Originals, Classical, Jazz, and Improvisations

5. Ancient Plant Garden
Antony Ty : Beat, Gospel, Punk, and Chopin

6. New Zealand Garden
Jonathan Miller : Chopin & Scriabin

7. South Africa Garden
Ander Meyer, Piano & James Argo, Tenor Sax : Jazz Standards and Original Compositions

8. California Native Garden
Kitten on the Keys : Flapper, Rock, Originals, Punk, Blues, Standards

9. Redwood Grove
Kevin Gerzevitz Trio : Monkish Bebop and Soul Jazz

10. Conifer Lawn
Sandra Simich : Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schumann, Chopin, Debussy

11. Moon Viewing Garden
Eric Chase : Classical Music From Beloved Composers and Improvisations

12. Zellerbach Garden
Allison Lovejoy, Piano and Peggy Gyulai, Live Painting

1-4pm – Bean Sprouts Family Day
Mini-pianos and music-making materials in the Children’s Garden

2-3pm – Zellerbach Garden
Caroluna, Soprano & Jennifer Lee, Piano : Romantic, Impressionist, & Contemporary Art Songs, Arias.

3-5pm – Beatnik’s Corner
Mauro ffortissimo, Dean Mermell & Guests : Open & Prepared Pianos, Poetry, Improvisations

3-6pm – San Francisco Symphony performances
Performances by SF Symphony’s Chorus Group and Alumni from their Youth Orchestra at Zellerbach Garden

7pm – Twelve Pianos Documentary Film Screening
Enjoy a special screening of Dean Mermell’s documentary film Twelve Pianos, followed by Q&A with Dean Mermell and Mauro ffortissimo at San Francisco County Fair Building, Auditorium. Ticket purchases benefit Flower Piano 2017. Space is limited.
Tickets available here.
Twelve Pianos Film Trailer: www.twelvepianos.com

Sunday, July 16

10-11am – Story Time and Family Walk
Regularly scheduled Family Program in the Library

12–3pm – Exhibition Garden – Thomas Church Pavilion: Duo Pianos
Esther Aeschbach and Benjamin Gribble : Original Compositions
Allison Lovejoy and Kymry Esainko : Works by Saint-Saens, Milhaud and others.

11am–4pm – Zellerbach Garden

11am Dawn Oberg
12pm Tom Jonesing: Rock & Pop Remodeling & General Improvements
1pm Michael McIntosh, Piano & Karina Deniké, Vocals: Early Jazz, Torch Songs, Vintage Soul
2pm Cellista & the Juxtapositions Chamber Ensemble: The New Classics
3pm Van-Anh Nguyen: Chopin, Schubert, Tchaikovsky & Piazzolla with a twist.
4pm Kash Killion and Killion’s Trillions: World Music, Jazz, Blues and Tango

11am-4:30pm – Great Meadow

11am Diva Marisa Lenhardt, Pianist Kymry Esainko: Arias and Interludes
12pm Serene: Liszt, Ravel, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and more
1-2:30pm Tango No. 9ish : Tangos, Waltzes, Milongas & Art Songs – Then & Now
2:30-4:30pm Francisco Rosales: Musica Cubana
Tuesday, July 18

4-6pm – Oakland School for the Arts Student Performances
Performances by Oakland School for the Arts students across piano, guitar, and jazz programs at the Great Meadow and Garden of Fragrance

Wednesday, July 19

4-6pm – Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts Student Performances
Performances inspired by the Garden from students of the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts at the Great Meadow

Thursday, July 20

6-8pm – Flower Piano Member Event
Come tickle the ivories at this special member evening. The Garden will remain open at dusk exclusively for members to experience the magic of the pianos in a special reception.

Friday, July 21

4-6pm – Community Music Center Summer of Love Sing-along
Join Community Music Center’s Billy Philadelphia at the Great Meadow for a lively sing-along with some of the top songs from 1967.

Saturday, July 22

10-11:30am – Rabbit Hole Theatre
Family-friendly theater activity will focus on pianos and locations nearest Friend (North) Gate

12-2pm – Piano Extravaganza #2

1. Great Meadow
Rob Reich : Tribute to Ellington, Waller, and Monk

2. Exhibition Garden – Thomas Church Pavilion
Mauro ffortissimo : Classics and Tangos

3. Garden of Fragrance
Daniel Sullivan : Mad Tea Party – Mad Scenes, Sarchasms & Surprises

4. Rhododendron Garden
Colleen Torianne : Modern Edwardian Interpretations

5. Ancient Plant Garden
Gerry Bassermann : Music of Major Minimalists

6. New Zealand Garden
Kitten on the Keys : Flapper, Rock, Originals, Punk, Blues, Standards

7. South Africa Garden
Kat Downs : Originals, Classical, Pop Covers

8. California Native Garden
Joseph Willcockson & Friends : Classical, Ragtime, Blues & Jazz Standards, Favorites

9. Redwood Grove
Joshua Raoul Brody, w. or w/o Friends : Standards, Substandards, Originals, Aboriginals

10. Conifer Lawn
Dizzy Victrola & Co. : Boogie and Jazz Parlor

11. Moon Viewing Garden
Joe Magdalena : Standards, Pop, Sinatra, Happy Stuff

12. Zellerbach Garden
Benjamin Gribble : Original Compositions with Prepared Piano and More

1-4pm – Bean Sprouts Family Day
Mini-pianos and music-making materials in the Children’s Garden

3-5pm – Beatnik’s Corner
Mauro ffortissimo, Dean Mermell & Guests : Open & Prepared Pianos, Poetry, Improvisations

7:30-10:30pm – NightGarden Piano
Let beautifully lit pathways guide you to pianos aglow at a special evening event featuring twelve performances by Sunset Piano all-stars, open pianos to play, food, drink, and more. Your ticket purchase for NightGarden Piano goes directly to supporting Flower Piano 2017. Purchase tickets for this one-of-a-kind evening in Garden today and support Flower Piano!

Sunday, July 23

11am-6pm Zellerbach Garden

11am Daniel Sullivan : Pas De Deux: Dream Sequences & Psychedelic Reveries
12pm Allison Lovejoy and Guests : Solo and chamber music
1pm Jill Tracy : Elegant, Eerie Noir, Haunting Post-Classical Originals
2pm Craig and MacGregor Group : Jazz
3pm Serene : Liszt, Ravel, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and more
4-6pm Paulo Sultanum & Casulo : A Brazilian Bossa-Folk-Nova Experience

12-4pm Great Meadow

12pm Jonathan Miller : Chopin & Scriabin
1pm Kat Downs : Originals, Classical, Pop Covers
2-4pm Francisco Rosales : Musica Cubana
Monday, July 24

9am-6pm – Closing Day
Pianos close at 6pm. No scheduled performances or events.

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