PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) –Calling all piano players!
Portlanders can show off their musical skills for all to enjoy with rescued pianos placed across the city.
It’s part of the annual Piano Push Play event, which is now in its 7th year.
Found and director Megan McGeorge started the tradition after she was inspired to play piano on the streets by a cellist 8 summers ago.
“I went to a piano store after seeing that and came out with some friends and left with this idea of ‘I want to make a pop-up concert just a few blocks from your store — what do you think about that?'” she said. “And to my surprise, they said ‘We will roll out a piano on a dolly and when you want we can roll it out and you can play for people.'”
She said it surprised her to hear so many people saying “thank you” to her performances.
“…and it was really heartfelt and meaningful to people. They were getting this live music in this urban environment and it seemed to really touch them,” McGeorge said.
Since then, McGeorge has been rescuing donated pianos and putting them to good use.
Various artists take 4-6 weeks to make the pianos into what you see around town. They will be available to play all of July and into August.
When summer is over, the pianos are taken to schools and community centers for everyone to play all year.