Bay Area Beats: Pianos in the Park Returns to GG Park

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Peaceful & serene; colorful & lively, both would be accurate descriptions of Flower Piano, an event held at the San Francisco Botanical Garden for the second year, due to popular demand. For 12 days, July 7- 18, there will be 12 pianos scattered amongst the flowers open for anyone who wishes to play.

There are also performances by both local artists and world renowned pianists; on Saturdays, there are simultaneous performances on all 12 pianos starting at noon.

It’s a surreal experience hearing notes twinkle through the garden; it feels unexpected, yet oh so right, as if the pianos were always there. As I strolled through the park I heard everything from the simplicity of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” to the complex arrangements of Masters like Bach, Beethoven & Mozart, and even the theme song from Game of Thrones. It was refreshing to see people of all ages sitting at the bench sharing some of their favorite pieces with total strangers.

Saturday’s afternoon performance was Van-Anh Nguyen, an award-winning and accomplished pianist who not only performs traditional classical pieces but also makes her own classical arrangements of modern pop songs.  Seated in the Zellerbach Garden, one of the most prominent and architecturally important gardens within the San Francisco Botanical Garden, Nguyen played her own classical arrangement of Beyonce’s “Halo.”

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(Van-Anh Nguyen, the award-winning and accomplished pianist.)

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Check out this heart whelming video of an older blind man just absolutely slaying his set. You can’t miss it:


Photo and story by Jenifer Keffer, video by Jason Low — Get more Bay Area happenings weekly on our events calendar or subscribing to our newsletter. It’ll keep you heavily in the know.

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