Flower Piano : SF Botanical Garden, July 13 - 24, 2017

Once again, Sunset Piano, in partnership with San Francisco Botanical Garden, will bring a dozen pianos to the spectacular 55 acre Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park for the third incarnation of the interactive music festival, Flower Piano. Pianos are placed in beautiful garden settings for anyone to play, with performances by brilliant local musicians scheduled on weekends. Over forty thousand people experienced music of every genre from both sides of the keyboard in 2016, and celebrated human civilization at its best. See the video ('way down below) for some highlights, and check out the Garden's Website or Facebook page for more information. We'll leave this schedule from 2016 up a while longer so you can see some of the great performers and events we had. We have some surprises in store for Flower Piano 2017. Hope you can join us!

Performance Schedule

Saturday 7/9/16 from 12pm to 2pm (Piano Extravaganza #1) :

1. Great Meadow - Francisco Rosales : Old Afro Cuban, solo and w. bass, percussion, singers
2. FOUNTAIN Plaza - SANDRA SIMICH : CHOPIN, DEBUSSY, BEETHOVEN, BRAHMS, SCHUMANN’S CARNIVAL
3. EXHIBITION GARDEN - thomas church pavilion - MARTHA COOPER :  SOLOS & SINGERS, WEILL, CLASSICAL, SHOW TUNES
4. Garden of Fragrance - Paulo V. Sultanum : Bossa Nova Standards & Classical Selections
5. Rhododendron Garden - Freddi Price :  H. Nilsson, R. Newman, L. Russell, H.Carmichael...
6. ANCIENT PLANT GARDEN - MAURO FFORTISSIMO : BACH, BEETHOVEN, AND BRAHMS
7. ZELLERBACH Garden - SERENE HAN : OLD & NEW : BACH, BEETHOVEN, RAVEL, BOLCOM, LIGETI  
8. MOON VIEWING GARDEN - ESTHER AESCHBACH : DEBUSSY, BEETHOVEN, CHOPIN, SCHUMANN
9. REDWOOD GROVE - JOSHUA RAOUL BRODY & ZOLTAN DI BARTOLO : TANGOS, NEAPOLITANS, STANDARDS...
10. CA NATIVE garden - KITTEN ON THE KEYS :  20’S, STANDARDS, BLUES, CABARET, PUNK ROCK
11. SOUTH AFRICA garden - ANTONY TY : PUNK, ALLEN GINSBERG BEAT, GOSPEL, CHOPIN
12. new zealand garden - JOE MAGDALENA : STANDARDS, POP, SINATRA, HAPPY STUFF

3 - 4pm : Zellerbach garden  - Featured Performer : Van Anh Nguyen
Classical & classical crossover arrangements of Chopin,  Piazzolla, Brahms, John Legend & more. 


Sunday July 10 Zellerbach garden

11am       Sarah Cahill & Kate Stenberg, violin : Lou Harrison, Ruth Crawford, and Henry Cowell
12-2pm   Danny Sullivan :  Alice in Wonderland Dance Suite & More
2pm        Mauro ffortissimo and Kash Killion : Piazzola, Villalobos, Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms
3pm        Allison Lovejoy : Romantic, Impressionist, and Modern, live painting to debussy by Peggy Gyulai
4pm        Cellista & The Juxtapositions Chamber Ensemble : Quartet for the End of Time
5pm        Tom Jonesing : Rock and pop standards and non standards

Sunday July 10 great meadow

11am    DIVA MARISA LENHARDT & KYMRY ESAINKO : Lieder, arias, anD interludes
12pm    Antony Ty  : Punk, Allen Ginsberg Beat, Gospel, Chopin
1pm      Eric Chase & Ashley Roof : Opera, Art songs, Church music, Schubert, Mozart
2-3pm  Francisco Rosales :  Old Afro Cuban, solo and w. bass, percussion, singers


Friday July 15 Fountain plaza

3-5pm : Mauro ffortissimo, Dean Mermell, and friends
Liberated and Prepared Piano, compositions and improvisations


Saturday 7/16/16 from 12pm to 2pm (Piano Extravaganza #2)

1. GREAT MEADOW - FRANCISCO ROSALES : OLD AFRO CUBAN, SOLO AND W. BASS, PERCUSSION, SINGERS
2. FOUNTAIN PLAZA - KEVIN GERZEVITZ: JAZZ STANDARDS, MODERN IMPROVISATIONS, AND MORE
3. EXHIBITION GARDEN - THOMAS CHURCH PAVILION - ERIC CHASE: BACH, BEETHOVEN, SCHUBERT, MOZART AND OTHERS
4. GARDEN OF FRAGRANCE - HOLLY MEAD: ORIGINALS, CLASSICAL, JAZZ
5. RHODODENDRON GARDEN - COLLEEN MURRAY: MODERN EDWARDIAN INTERPRETATIONS
6. ANCIENT PLANT GARDEN - MAURO FF & ROBERT SOPER: PIAZZOLA, VILLALOBOS, BACH, BEETHOVEN, AND BRAHMS
7. ZELLERBACH GARDEN - SARAH CAHILL : RAVEL, DEBUSSY
8. MOON VIEWING GARDEN - BENJAMIN GRIBBLE: ORIGINALS, PREPARED PIANO, BACH, SHOSTAKOVICH, SATIE, GLASS
9. REDWOOD GROVE - KITTEN ON THE KEYS : TIN PAN ALLEY, SHOW TUNES, CABARET, PUNK
10. CA NATIVE GARDEN - JOSHUA RAOUL BRODY: ORIGINALS, ABORIGINALS, STANDARDS, SUBSTANDARDS
11. SOUTH AFRICA garden - GERALD BASSERMAN: BOWIE BARDO AND MORE
12. NEW ZEALAND GARDEN - ANDER MEYER: PIANO LOUNGE, CLASSIC JAZZ SELECTIONS

Saturday 7/16/16 Fountain Plaza :  the Awesöme Orchestra, full 80 piece concert orchestra, conducted by david mÖschler  - Work through & Performance

2-3pm : Allison Lovejoy on piano, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #4 in G Major opus 58
3-5pm : LUIS Manuel AND ALEX CONDE ON PIANO, Alex Conde’s Piano Concerto, Barrio del Carmen

Saturday 7/16/16  :  Zellerbach garden

 4-6PM : Esther Aeschbach, BENJAMIN GRIBBLE, Allison Lovejoy, Kymry Esainko : PIANO DUETS (2 PIANOS)


Sunday July 17 Zellerbach garden

11am      Danny Sullivan : Psychedelic, Romantic, Opera/Ballet Garden themed medleys
12-2pm  ESTHER AESCHBACH, BENJAMIN GRIBBLE, ALLISON LOVEJOY, KYMRY ESAINKO - Duets on 2 pianos
2pm        Serene Han : Lisztomania and More
3pm        Alex Conde : Spanish Classical and Originals
4-6pm    Ander Meyer and the JaZzflower Florchestra, closing celebration


short film of Flower Piano:  July 9 - 20, 2015  

We want to thank all of the pianists and other musicians who gave scheduled performances in 2015:  Lara Downes, Steve Nieve, Sarah Cahill, Mauro ffortissimo, Martha Cooper, Freddi Price, Joshua Raoul Brody, Esther Aeschbach, Allison Lovejoy, Serene Han, Eric Chase, Kitten on the Keys, Ander Meyer, Joe Magdalena, Heather Yager,  Benjamin Gribble, Tom Jonesing (Dean Mermell and Steffanos X), Colleen Torianne, Rupa, Gerry Basserman, Ashley Roof, Alex Conde, Ander Meyer and his Orchestra. Additional thanks to the SF Botanical Garden and Black Rock Arts Foundation for their generous support of the project. 

Banner Photo by Kathryn Rummel