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Piano Installation Hits Santa Monica Pier  

 

By Lookout Staff

April 11, 2012 -- If Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier is beyond your piano playing abilities, you still have time to tickle the ivories on simpler ditties on one of 30 grand pianos stationed across LA County this month, including the Santa Monica Pier.

The piano -- located just west of Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. on the pier -- is part of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's (LACO) “Play Me, I’m Yours” piano art installation in celebration of pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane’s 15th anniversary season as LACO music director.

The installation is set to launch Thursday at noon with a simultaneous play-in of Bach’s Preludes from TheWell-Tempered Clavier, one of the cornerstones of the keyboard repertoire.

The piano will remain at the pier for three weeks for visitors to plunk a few notes, take in the playing of others or maybe play an intricate fugue from Bach's masterwork.

“We are delighted to support the LA Chamber Orchestra and the local arts community," said Jim Harris, deputy director at Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation.

The world-famous Santa Monica Pier was chosen as one of 30 venues in the Los Angeles area to participate in “Play Me, I’m Yours,” an artwork installation by artist Luke Jerram.
That has been touring internationally since 2008.

All of the pianos are designed and decorated by local artists and community organizations.

For more details regarding Jeffrey Kahane and additional program information visit: www.laco.org and www.streetpianos.com/la2012/.

 


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