Five years ago, Sunset Piano and San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG) joined forces to offer the public a uniquely interactive experience of music in nature, placing twelve pianos in some of the Garden’s most beautiful locations and inviting anyone to come and play what they like.
Now, the annual twelve-day-long Flower Piano is one of the Bay Area’s most highly anticipated musical events of the summer and celebrates its fifth year at the Garden with a special anniversary edition, featuring new opportunities for the public to play, more performances by professional musicians, special events for families including the new evening-time Flower Piano at Sunset, a community sing-along, free piano lessons, and three evenings of Flower Piano at Night, a special after dark event with food trucks and outdoor bars.
Flower Piano transforms the Garden into the city’s own alfresco concert hall for twelve days, and everyone is invited to play and listen for just the price of regular Garden admission. The twelve pianos are tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within SFBG’s 55 acres and are available to the public to play each day July 11-22 from 9am – 6pm, except during select performances.
Flower Piano at Sunset (July 12): A NEW, family-friendly addition to the Flower Piano special event lineup, Flower Piano at Sunset features performances by Little Mission Studio Chorus and Chamber Ensemble, Charity Kahn, music classes for toddlers by Meadowlark Music Class, and a young talent showcase that offers musicians ages 12 and under a chance to sign up and perform as a featured guest artist that night. There will also be performance by Sunset Piano all stars: Daniel Sullivan, Kitten on the Keys, Caroline Dahl, and Eric Schifrin. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Picnics are also welcomed and encouraged. Children 12 and under are free!