On Thurday all around Los Angeles, the was one of 30 locations that took part in a unique public art project called "Play Me, I'm Yours."
Sponsored by the L.A. Chamber Orchestra, 30 pianists playing 30 pianos all performed Bach's Prelude No. 1 at noon around Los Angeles, including the El Portal, which is hosting one of the two pianos in the San Fernando Valley. The pianos will now be available for the next three weeks for anyone who wants to step up and play.
The streetspianos.com website explains the project:
Touring internationally since 2008, Play Me, I’m Yours is artwork by British artist Luke Jerram. For three weeks beginning April 12, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra brings Play Me, I’m Yours to Los Angeles.
Thirty pianos, designed and decorated by local artists and community organizations, are featured across Los Angeles County and are available for everyone to play, in celebration of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane’s 15th anniversary as LACO music director. Visit laco.org to learn more about Jeffrey and the Orchestra.
Read these stories in the Los Angeles Daily News and Los Angeles Times to learn more: