Fourth Flower Piano blooms at SF’s Golden Gate Park

Fourth Flower Piano blooms at SF’s Golden Gate Park


Wandering around the sunny meadows and shade-dappled groves at the beautiful San Francisco Botanical Garden and suddenly encountering a piano you can plunk yourself down at to play? What a treat! Or you just might find yourself listening to somebody else’s impromptu rendition of a Beatles tune or a Chopin waltz.

For 12 full days beginning today July 5, the fourth annual Flower Piano extravaganza will be drawing nature and music lovers to the garden’s 55 acres in Golden Gate Park, where a dozen pianos will be tucked away in various nooks and crannies, open to anyone who feels the urge to play. — and history has already amply demonstrated that many of these volunteer keyboardists are very talented, indeed.

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The San Francisco Botanical Garden hosts the fourth annual Flower Piano event from July 5-16. (Natalie Ngo/Botanical Garden) 

Half the fun comes in the search for the instruments. On the weekends, pros have been recruited — this year’s guest list includes Latin jazz master Chuchito Valdes. And a special four-hand performance of Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals” is also on tap, with two pianists assisted by the Classical Revolution Orchestra.

Or check out the Night Garden performances July 12-16, which will include the Conspiracy of Beards vocal ensemble performing as usual from the Leonard Cohen songbook.

Details: Through July 16; daytime admission is free with $8 price of admission to the garden (free for San Francisco residents), Night Garden events are $45; sfbotanicalgarden.org/flowerpiano.



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