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VIDEO: Piano at El Portal Says 'Play Me, I'm Yours'

For three weeks the instrument will available to anyone who wants to step up and play.

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:

Counterpoint the point: 30 pianos, 30 locations, one J.S. Bach prelude make for an L.A. arts oddity

'Play Me, I'm Yours' takes pianos to the streets of Los Angeles County for three weeks

Jack M April 13, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Great! Nice to see that the NoHo Arts District is becoming more and more people friendly.
EVELYN DEVERAUX April 14, 2012 at 05:43 PM
WONDERFUL TO SEE A COMMUNITY INVOLVE THE PUBLIC WITH THE ARTS. Many CHILDREN HAVE NEVER TOUCHED A PIANO OR HEARD A CLASSICAL PIECE OF MUSIC BEFORE. THESE TYPE OF EVENTS CREATE A SENSE OF PEACE AND HARMONY IN OUR SMALL ART DIDSTRICT. THE EL PORTAL THEATER IS SPECIAL ALL OVER THE WORLD FOR IT'S HISTORY. THANK YOU

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