Flower Piano IV : SF Botanical Garden, July 5-16, 2018

Sunset Piano, in partnership with San Francisco Botanical Garden, will once again bring over a dozen grand pianos to the spectacular 55 acre Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park for the fourth incarnation of our 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 2017, and celebrated human civilization at its best. Flower Piano is free to SF residents with ID, and only $9 (the regular Garden entry fee) for non residents.  NightGarden Piano (July 12, 13, and 14), a fabulous night time ticketed event with adult refreshments, snacks, outrageous lighting, and Sunset Piano performers, has expanded this year from one night to three! Tickets available here: NightGarden Piano Tickets

See the video ('way down below) for some Flower Piano highlights, and check out the Garden's Website for more information. Here is this year's schedule of outrageous performers, the most diverse group of musicians and genres we've ever had. This schedule will continue to evolve right up to Flower Piano, so stay "tuned"!   [Photo L-R:  Brendan Lange, David Möschler, Mauro ffortissimo, Allison Lovejoy, Dean Mermell @ Flower Piano II, July 2016]


PIANO LOCATION CODES
GM :
 GREAT MEADOW
TC : THOMAS CHURCH PAVILION, EXHIBITION GARDEN
GF : GARDEN OF FRAGRANCE
RN : RHODODENDRON GARDEN
AP : ANCIENT PLANT GARDEN
NZ : NEW ZEALAND
SA : SOUTH AFRICA GARDEN
CN : CALIFORNIA NATIVE GARDEN
RG : REDWOOD GROVE
CL : CONIFER LAWN
MV : MOON VIEWING GARDEN
ZG : ZELLERBACH GARDEN

Thursday, July 5, 9am-6pm
Opening Day: Pianos open to all. No scheduled performances or events 

Friday, July 6, 4-6pm, Great Meadow
Flower Piano Kick-Off Sing-along with Community Music Center's Maestro and Nola Curtis

Saturday, July 7

9-10am, Great Meadow
Yoga in the Garden

10-11:30am, Garden's adjacent to Main Gate
Rabbit Hole Theater Company: Come along on a family-friendly character scavenger hunt at several piano locations near the Main Gate, concluding with a song and photos at the Great Meadow

10am-12pm, Ancient Plant Garden & New Zealand
Oakland School for the Arts: Performances by Oakland School for the Arts students

Saturday 7/7 12-2pm, Twelve Piano Extravaganza #1
Simultaneous performances at all pianos

GM : Duo piano program  * 12-5 (see program below)
TC : Sarah Cahill : Music by Terry Riley and Meredith Monk
GF : Daniel Sullivan : Dance-Along Ballet Divertissement Montage
RN : Sandra Simich :  Classics (Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy…)
AP :  Jill tracy :  Elegant, haunting, noir conjurings and originals
NZ : Antony Ty : Beat, Gospel, Punk, and Chopin
SA :  Jimmy Kraft : Progressive Blends of Vocal Jazz & Neo-Soul
CN : Kitten on the Keys : Flapper, Pop, Punk, CabAret, Shenanigans
RG : Martha Cooper & Friends :  Cabaret Opera, Pianos Solos and Musical Theatre
CL : Paulo Sultanum & Casulo :   A Brazilian Bossa-Folknova Experience
MV : Harry White : Improvisation Inspired by the Garden
zG : Yu-Chi Tai : Let’s Dance!

* Duo Piano Program at great Meadow
12 Esther Aeschbach & Benjamin Gribble : Original compositions for 2 pianos/4 hands by Benjamin Gribble
1pm Allison Lovejoy, Kymry Esainko and Elektra Schmidt : French music by Milhaud, Ravel, Debussy and others.
2pm Allison Lovejoy and Kymry Esainko Perform Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals with members of the Classical Revolution Orchestra.
3pm Colin Farish : Jazz inspired improvisations with guest pianists Kymry Esainko, Allison Lovejoy and others..
4pm-5pm  Duo improvisational hour with special guests.

1-4pm, Children's Garden
Bean Sprouts Family Days Presented by Kaiser Permanente: 
Family program with garden activities, crafts, and miniature pianos! 

2-4pm, Garden of Fragrance
San Francisco Symphony

Saturday 7/7  2-5pm, Featured Artists at Zellerbach Garden

2pm  Tom Jonesing : (Dean Mermell & Steffanos X) Rock and Pop Remodeling and General Improvements
3pm  Kash Killion & Killion’s TRillions : World Music
4pm  Quinta Tango :  Classic Tangos from 1930s to 1950s

2-5pm, Ancient Plant Garden & New Zealand
Oakland School for the Arts: Performances by Oakland School for the Arts students

Saturday 7/7  3:30 - 5:30 Beat Corner
Avant Garden Poetry, Music, and more : Various performers, Hosted by Mauro and Dean

5-6pm, New Zealand
Moving Meditation with Charity Kahn


Sunday  July 8

9-11am, Garden of Fragrance
Charity Kahn: Interactive music, movement and mindfulness for families. Two shows: 9am and 10am.

10:30am, Helen Crocker Russell Library
Story Time and Family Walk, Flower Piano Style: Family program with music-themed story time followed by a Family Walk to nearby pianos

Sunday  7/8 Featured Artists at Zellerbach Garden and the Great Meadow

ZELLERBACH garden 11- 5:30          
                                         

11  Larisa Migachyov, Dale Hadley : The Softer Side of Ragtime  
12  Lisa Spector : Romantic Music for Left Hand Alone
1   Allison Lovejoy, w. Dan Fabricant, bass & Michael Laderman, flute : Chopin, Ravel, and Claude Bolling
2   Michael McIntosh & Karina Deniké : Early Jazz, Torch Songs, Vintage Soul
3   Van-Anh Nguyen : Romantics - Origin form & with a twist
4   Chuchito Valdes  : Chuchito Valdes !   

Great MEADOW 11 - 4

11 Harry White : Improvisation Inspired by the Garden
12 Benjamin Gribble : New Gribble pieces, Janceck, Glass, Milhaud, Prepared-piano!!!
Dizzy Victrola & Co. : Boogie and Jazz Parlor
Daniel Sullivan : Brahms, Debussy, Gershwin
3 Leslie Harlib : Leslie Harlib shares the Great American Songbook


Tuesday, July 10 6:30-8:30pm, Great Meadow
Flower Piano Member Garden Party
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Saturday July 14

10-11am, Great MeadoW
Yoga in the Garden

10-11:30am, Gardens adjacent to Main Gate
Rabbit Hole Theater Company: Come along on a family-friendly character scavenger hunt at several piano locations near the Main Gate, concluding with a song and photos at the Great Meadow

Saturday 7/14 12-2, Twelve Piano Extravaganza #2  
Simultaneous performances at all pianos

GM : Francisco Rosales : Musica Cubana
TC : Joe Magdalena : Standards, Pop, Sinatra, and Happy Stuff
GF : Joshua Raoul Brody With or without friends: Originals, aboriginals, standards, and substandards
RN : Caroline Dahl : Boogie Woogie and American Roots Piano
AP : Gerry Basserman / Colleen Torianne  :  Pianoforte from Porch to Parlor
NZ : Eric Shifrin : Bouncy Chestnuts, Gringo Latin, and some originals
SA : Leslie Harlib : Leslie Harlib shares the Great American Songbook
CN : Roberto Zular (piano) & Felipe Bueno (guitar) : Brazilian Music and Poetry
RG : Joseph Wilcockson & Friends : Classical, Standards, Blues and Jazz
CL : Derek Sup : Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Original Compositions, and more
MV : Eric Chase : Classical favorites and classical improvisations
ZG : The Kevin Gerzevitz Trio : Monkish Bebop and Soul Jazz

2-4pm, Zellerbach Garden
San Francisco Symphony

1-4pm, Children's Garden
Bean Sprouts Family Days Presented by Kaiser Permanente: 
Family program with garden activities, crafts, and miniature pianos! 

Saturday 7/14  3:30 - 5:30 Beat Corner
Avant Garden Poetry, Music, and more : Various performers, Hosted by Mauro and Dean, with Special Guest drummer george marsh

5-6pm, New Zealand
Moving Meditation with Charity Kahn


Sunday July 15

9am-11am, Garden of Fragrance
Charity Kahn: Interactive music, movement and mindfulness for families. Two shows: 9am and 10am. 

10:30am, Helen Crocker Russell Library
Story Time and Family Walk, Flower Piano Style! Family program with music-themed Story Time followed by a Family Walk to nearby piano

Sunday 7/15 Featured Artists at Zellerbach Garden and Great Meadow

ZELLERBACH Garden 11 -  5

11 Sarah Cahill : Music by Terry Riley and Meredith Monk
12 Serene : An epic virtuoso journey
1   Tammy Hall, piano & Denise Perrier, voice :  Sonorous. Sensual. Fun. Moving. Liberating. Warm. Loving.
2   The Kevin Gerzevitz Trio : Monkish Bebop and Soul Jazz
3   Craig and MacGregor Band :  Jazz

Great MEADOW  11 - 4

11 Harry White : Improvisation Inspired by the Garden
12 Derek Sup : Classically trained songwriter confronts love and loss
1   E.M.T. :  Classic Rock and EDM Piano Covers
2   Joshua Raoul Brody With or without friends: Originals, aboriginals, standards, and substandards
3   Francisco Rosales : Musica Cubana


NightGarden Piano : July 12, 13, and 14  :  8 - 11pm

                                                       NightGarden Piano Tickets

~ Thursday Night 7/12

GF : Elektra Schmidt and Friends : Duos for piano and strings
and Sandra Simich :  Classics (Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy…)

AP : Rob Reich : Tribute to Ellington, Waller, and Monk

RG : Sarah Cahill : Music by Terry Riley and Meredith Monk
And Allison Lovejoy : Nocturnes for Piano by Romantic & Contemporary Composers

CN : Joseph Wilcockson : Solo Piano Selections

NZ : Jimmy Kraft : Progressive Blends of Vocal Jazz & Neo-Soul

ZG : Joshua Raoul Brody With or without friends: Originals, aboriginals, standards, and substandards

~ Friday Night 7/13

NZ : Kitten on the Keys with MC Sightsee : Metal is Tough and other Garden Lullabies
And Mr. Brandy :  Dark Rock Cabaret Cacophonies (originals)

AP : Joe Magdalena :  Standards, Pop, Sinatra, and Happy Stuff

CN : Paulo Sultanum : A Trip to Brazil and more…
And Roberto Zular (piano) & Felipe Bueno (guitar) : Brazilian Music and Poetry

RG : Jill Tracy :  “Sonic Séance” of Elegant, Dark Beauty

Zg : Serene :  An epic virtuoso journey

GF : Conspiracy of Beards : A cappella mens choir singing songs of Leonard Cohen
And Penny Opry : Sea music steeped in old time Americana

~ Saturday Night 7/14

GF : tango corner :
Cuarteto Puentes : 
Traditional Argentine Tango for Listeners and Dancers
And Tango #9 : Tangos: Modern/classic, vocal/instrumental, and more
Additional performance by Crystie Schum (piano) and Victoria Stewart (vocals)
Tango program presented by CMC Faculty Sonja Riket

AP : Elektra Schmidt, piano and Lewis Patzner, cello : Bach, Piazzolla, Shostakovich, Ravel
and Sandra Simich :  Classics (Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy…)

CN : Kitten on the Keys with MC Sightsee : Metal is Tough and other Garden Lullabies
And Mr. Brandy :  Dark Rock Cabaret Cacophonies (originals)

NZ : Daniel Sullivan : Night Fever;  A Bacharach Bacchanal
and E.M.T. :  Classic Rock and EDM Piano Covers

RG : Paulo Sultanum & Casulo :   A Brazilian Bossa-Folknova Experience

Zg : Tammy Hall, piano & Denise Perrier, voice :  Sonorous. Sensual. Fun. Moving. Liberating. Warm. Loving.
AND Rob Reich :  Tribute to Ellington, Waller, and Monk

 

Monday, July 16 9am-6pm – Closing Day - Pianos close at 6pm.
No scheduled performances or events.