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Springfield, Painted Pianos
July 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The summer tradition of the Springfield Cultural Partnership’s colorful Painted Pianos across Springfield is back for another warm and sunny season! With three new pianos and three returning pianos joining the streets of Springfield as part of Fresh Paint Springfield, summer is looking brighter than ever. The Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s Conductor Kevin Rhodes will grace the keys of the piano at 1350 Main Street on July 12 from noon to 1pm. Come join us for this special Painted Piano performance.
An array of talented local musicians will be offering a total of 23 lunchtime concerts rotating between the Painted Pianos on Fridays. Musicians include Paul Arslanian, Timothy Ballan Michele Feldheim, Daniel Monte, Stephen Page, Mara Penatzer, Larry Picard, Michael Rheault, and Liz Simmons.
Three pianos painted by Jack Delvin, Sheldon Smith, and Robert Markey have returned to the city. Delvin’s sleek aqua and silver design is located at the Springfield Museum’s G.W.V. Smith Museum grand porch (“loggia”) and is sponsored by Noel and Carol Leary. Smith’s blue and green jazz inspired work is located at Monarch Place adjacent from Starbucks. Markey’s rainbow creation has taken up residence at 1350 Main Street across from Court Square.
Three new pianos are also in place in their new homes. These instruments will bring a vivacious feel to the streets, each painted by a local artist. These Springfield artists, Marc Austin, Dr. Gloria Caballer-Arce, and Rebecca Fite, bring new style and creative life to the city. Austin’s piano is at Forest Park Library’s Reading Garden on Belmont Avenue. Fite’s work is set up at the Shops at Marketplace and sponsored by the Springfield Business Improvement District. Caballer-Arce’s piano found a home within MassMutual to be thoroughly enjoyed by employees and is sponsored by MassMutual. Please visit the returning and new masterpieces.
Summer Painted Piano concerts will be rotating between the downtown piano locations filling Friday lunch hours with music. Many of these concerts will coincide with the Business Improvement District’s Farmer’s Market in Court Square and MGM’s Food Truck Fridays. Fridays are a great day to eat local and stroll the walkable and art-filled streets of downtown Springfield and enjoy a free piano concert.
Additional information and concert schedules will be posted at each piano location and on http://springfieldculture.org/projects.
The Painted Piano Project 2019 is sponsored by our generous community partners the Springfield Business Improvement District, MassMutual, Mass Cultural Council, and Noel and Carol Leary. Pianos were donated by the Community Music School of Springfield and two generous local families.