Arts/Entertainment

Pianos on Parade

Pianos on Parade is music to our eyes.

A program of Keys 4/4 Kids, a local nonprofit organization that sells donated pianos and uses the profits to fund charitable programs, Pianos on Parade kicks off this weekend. May 23 kids and local artists Charlie Podrebarac, Allan Winkler and Madeline Galluci (Hotel Phillips’ most recent artist in residence) will transform pianos at Union Station’s Sprint Festival Hall. Stop by to see them in action and enjoy live entertainment and children’s activities.

Sunday, May 24, the musically inclined can take part in a community play-along before Celebration at the Station. And no, you don’t have to be Beethoven reincarnated to participate—check out the Pianos on Parade website for the playlist, which includes selections for every talent level and free sheet music for the songs.

After the festivities, the rock star instruments are officially on the road. Look out for them at outdoor fairs, festivals, restaurant patios and sporting events; other instruments will be sent to locations around town in public spaces, turning them into mini concert halls where anybody can play. We suggest making it your goal to see all 100 featured.