Sweet sounds of public art music

Public art and music collide in Claremont this month.

Claremont’s Rhino Records was selected as one of 30 venues across Los Angeles County to take part in “Play Me, I’m Yours,” a public art display that takes decorated pianos and scatters them in cities throughout the world for all to play and enjoy.

Three weeks of 24-hour piano playing available to the public, sponsored by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), kicked off Thursday.

“It celebrates the true spirit of music and encourages people to take a part in that,” said Michelle Weger, director of institutional giving for LACO. “It is a great way to involve people in music making, and make our orchestra visible in places where we don’t normally perform.”

The traveling piano displays have gained international acclaim, from Austin to Australia. Since it was first introduced in 2008, British artist Luke Jerram’s “Play Me, I’m Yours” has brought more than 500 pianos to public spaces across the world. Claremont now joins its ranks, the only city in the San Gabriel Region to do so.

The chamber orchestra has brought the exhibition to Los Angeles in celebration of Music Director Jeffrey Kahane’s 15th anniversary with LACO. The public art display is the perfect marriage of Mr. Kahane’s love for the piano and his passion for bringing music to the public, according to Ms. Weger.

See our full story with photos Saturday.


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