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Pianos Pop Up around City Street Corners and Parks

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Pianist Brian Neff plays while New York City Housing Authority Youth Chorus director Larry Matthew conducts and turns pages. Pianist Brian Neff plays while New York City Housing Authority Youth Chorus director Larry Matthew conducts and turns pages. (Julia Furlan/WNYC)

Any desire for a quick round of "Heart and Soul" on your lunchbreak? Can do. Sixty decorated uprights and 28 grand pianos will be set up on street corners and parks across the city's five boroughs on Saturday as part of "Pop Up Pianos." The public art and music program, run by the Sing for Hope organization, is now in its second year.

Dilapidated pianos donated to the program were restored by the project's resident piano technician, Fred Patella, and then decorated by a host of volunteer artists, including big names like Diane Von Furstenberg and Isaac Mizrahi, who add their personal touches to the ebony and ivory. 

The program ends on July 2, at which point the pianos will be tuned up and donated to area schools and hospitals.

Check out a slide show of the New York City Housing Authority Youth Chorus kicking off the pianos program in the Financial District with a performance below.

The NYCHA Youth Chorus performs with its director, Larry Matthew, and pianist Brian Neff.
Julia Furlan/WNYC
The NYCHA Youth Chorus performs with its director, Larry Matthew, and pianist Brian Neff.
Ebony Johnson takes a solo. She's been with the chorus for seven years, since she was 13 years old.
Julia Furlan/WNYC
Ebony Johnson takes a solo. She's been with the chorus for seven years, since she was 13 years old.
Liz Berger, president of the Alliance for Downtown New York, takes a chance to play
Julia Furlan/WNYC
Liz Berger, president of the Alliance for Downtown New York, takes a chance to play "Heart and Soul" with pianist Brian Neff.
Sing for Hope founders Monica Yunus and Camille Zamora give an interview.
Julia Furlan/WNYC
Sing for Hope founders Monica Yunus and Camille Zamora give an interview.
15-year-old Daniele McCain plays some Anita Baker on the piano.
Julia Furlan/WNYC
15-year-old Daniele McCain plays some Anita Baker on the piano. "It's bigger than the one I have at home," she said.
After their official performance, the NYCHA Chorus performs an impromptu encore.
Julia Furlan/WNYC
After their official performance, the NYCHA Chorus performs an impromptu encore.

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