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

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 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. See the video ('way down below) for some Flower Piano highlights, and check out the Garden's Website or Facebook page for more information. Here's the schedule from 2017's Flower Piano.

Performance & Event Schedule

Thursday, July 13 : 9am-6pm  
Opening Day - Pianos open to all at 9am. No scheduled performances or events. 

Saturday, July 15

10-11:30am - Rabbit Hole Theatre
Family-friendly theater activity will focus on pianos and locations nearest Friend (North) Gate

12-2pm - Piano Extravaganza #1
1. Great Meadow : Joshua Raoul Brody, w. or w/o Friends : Standards, Substandards, Originals, Aboriginals
2. Exhibition Garden - Thomas Church Pavilion : Duo Pianos
     Esther Aeschbach & Benjamin Gribble : Original Compositions for 4 Hands
     The CMC Piano Marathoners : Classical 2, 4, and 8 Hands, featuring The Danse Macabre
3. Garden of Fragrance : Paulo Sultanum & guests :  bossa-nova, tango, classical and pop
4. Rhododendron Garden : Holly Mead and Friends : Originals, Classical, Jazz, and Improvisations
5. Ancient Plant Garden : Antony Ty : Beat, Gospel, Punk, and Chopin
6. New Zealand Garden : Jonathan Miller : Chopin & Scriabin
7. South Africa Garden : Ander Meyer, Piano & James Argo, Tenor Sax : Jazz Standards, Original Compositions
8. California Native Garden : Kitten on the Keys : Flapper, Rock, Originals, Punk, Blues, Standards
9. Redwood Grove : Kevin Gerzevitz Trio : Monkish Bebop and Soul Jazz
10. Conifer Lawn : Sandra Simich : Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schumann, Chopin, Debussy
11. Moon Viewing Garden : Eric Chase : Classical Music From Beloved Composers and Improvisations
12. Zellerbach Garden : Allison Lovejoy, Piano and Peggy Gyulai, Live Painting


2-3 Pm Zellerbach Garden
Caroluna, Soprano & Jennifer Lee, Piano : Romantic, Impressionist, & Contemporary Art Songs, Arias.

3-6pm Zellerbach Garden
San Francisco Symphony performances : Performances by SF Symphony’s Chorus Group and Alumni from their Youth Orchestra 

3-5pm - Beatnik’s Corner  
Mauro ffortissimo, Dean Mermell & Guests : Open & Prepared Pianos, Poetry, avant garden Improvisations

7pm – Twelve Pianos - Documentary Film Screening
Enjoy a special screening of Dean Mermell's documentary film Twelve Pianos, followed by Q&A with Dean Mermell and Mauro ffortissimo at San Francisco County Fair Building, Auditorium. Ticket purchases benefit Flower Piano 2017. Space is limited.  

Twelve Pianos Film Trailer: www.twelvepianos.com
Tickets available here : Twelve Pianos


Sunday, July 16

10-11am - Story Time and Family Walk , Regularly scheduled Family Program in the Library

12–3pm - Exhibition Garden - Thomas Church Pavilion: Duo Pianos
Esther Aeschbach and Benjamin Gribble : Original Compositions
Allison Lovejoy, Serene, Kymry Esainko : rach 2, Works by Saint-Saens, Milhaud and others.

Zellerbach Garden

11am Dawn Oberg: Currently Playing Ugly Truths and Difficult Beauties
12pm Tom Jonesing: Rock & Pop Remodeling & General Improvements
1pm Michael McIntosh, Piano & Karina Deniké, Vocals: Early Jazz, Torch Songs, Vintage Soul
2pm Cellista & the Juxtapositions Chamber Ensemble: The New Classics
3pm Van-Anh Nguyen: Chopin, Schubert, Tchaikovsky & Piazzolla with a twist.
4pm Kash Killion and Killion’s Trillions: World Music, Jazz, Blues and Tango

Great Meadow Piano

11am Diva Marisa Lenhardt, Pianist Kymry Esainko: Arias and Interludes
12pm Serene: pure liszt insanity
1-2:30pm Tango No. 9ish : Tangos, Waltzes, Milongas & Art Songs - Then & Now
2:30-4:30pm Francisco Rosales: Musica CubanA


Tuesday, July 18, 4-6pm
Oakland School for the Arts Student Performances
Performances by Oakland School for the Arts students across piano, guitar, and jazz programs at the Great Meadow and Garden of Fragrance

Wednesday, July 19, 4-6pm 
Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts Student Performances
Performances inspired by the Garden from students of the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts at the Great Meadow

Thursday, July 20, 6-8pm
Flower Piano Member Event
join the garden and come to this special member evening. The Garden will remain open at dusk exclusively for members to experience the magic of the pianos in a special reception. 

Friday, July 21, 4-6pm
Community Music Center Summer of Love Sing-along
Join Community Music Center’s Billy Philadelphia at the Great Meadow for a lively sing-along with some of the top songs from 1967. 

Saturday, July 22

10-11:30am - Rabbit Hole Theatre : Family-friendly theater activity will focus on pianos and locations nearest Friend (North) Gate

12-2pm - Piano Extravaganza #2

1. Great Meadow : Rob Reich : Tribute to Ellington, Waller, and Monk
2. Exhibition Garden - Thomas Church Pavilion : mauro ffortissimo : Classics and tangos
3. Garden of Fragrance : Daniel Sullivan : Mad Tea Party - Mad Scenes, Sarchasms & Surprises
4. Rhododendron Garden : Colleen Torianne : Modern Edwardian Interpretations
5. Ancient Plant Garden : Gerry Bassermann : Music of Major Minimalists
6. New Zealand Garden : Kitten on the Keys : Flapper, Rock, Originals, Punk, Blues, Standards
7. South Africa Garden : Kat Downs : Originals, Classical, Pop Covers
8. California Native Garden : Joseph Willcockson & Friends : Classical, Ragtime, Blues & Jazz Standards
9. Redwood Grove : Joshua Raoul Brody, w. or w/o Friends : Standards, Substandards, Originals, Aboriginals
10. Conifer Lawn : Dizzy Victrola & Co. : Boogie and Jazz Parlor
11. Moon Viewing Garden Joe Magdalena : Standards, Pop, Sinatra, Happy Stuff
12. Zellerbach Garden : Benjamin Gribble : Original Compositions with Prepared Piano and More

2-4pm Exhibition Garden - Thomas Church Pavilion
Sarah Cahill : Tribute to Lou Harrison rare and unpublished works by Lou Harrison

3-5pm  Beatnik’s Corner :
Mauro ffortissimo, Dean Mermell & Guests : Open & Prepared Pianos, Poetry, avant garden Improvisations

7:30-10:30pm – NightGarden Piano

Let beautifully lit pathways guide you to pianos aglow at a special evening event featuring twelve performances by Sunset Piano all-stars, open pianos to play, food, drink, and more. Your ticket purchase for NightGarden Piano goes directly to supporting Flower Piano 2017.

Performers include:
Allison Lovejoy
@ Zellerbach
serene @ Exhibition garden, thomas church pavilion 
kitten on the keys @ garden of fragrance
joe magdalena @ ancient plant garden
daniel sullivan @ moon viewing garden
jill tracy @ redwood grove

click here to Purchase tickets For Nightgarden piano


Sunday, July 23

Zellerbach Garden

11am Daniel Sullivan : Pas De Deux: Dream Sequences & Psychedelic Reveries
12pm Allison Lovejoy and Guests : Solo and chamber music
1pm Jill Tracy : Elegant, Eerie Noir, Haunting Post-Classical Originals
2pm Craig and MacGregor Group : Jazz
3pm Serene : pure liszt insanity
4-6pm Paulo Sultanum & Casulo : A Brazilian Bossa-Folk-Nova Experience

Great Meadow PIano

12pm Jonathan Miller : Chopin & Scriabin
1pm Kat Downs : Originals, Classical, Pop Covers
2-4pm Francisco Rosales : Musica CubanA 


Monday, July 24 9am-6pm – Closing Day - Pianos close at 6pm.
No scheduled performances or events.


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

Banner Photo by Francesca LeeAnn