Play Them, They're Yours!

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A music student plays one of Boston's Street Pianos accompanied by Red Sox organist Josh Kantor

The Science Center Plaza is home to many things: a giant chess set, massive bean-bag chairs, tantalizing food trucks, and most recently an upright piano. Bearing the inscription “Play me, I’m Yours,” the piano is the latest installment in the long-running Street Pianos art project started in 2008 by artist Luke Jerram. The project places pianos in cities around the globe, seeking to change the way citizens interact with their space and each other.

The project came to Boston with the help of Celebrity Series of Boston, a group that brings in world-class artists to perform in the area. Celebrating its 75th season, the group is presenting “Play Me, I’m Yours - the Street Pianos Boston Festival” from September 27 to October 14. There are 75 pianos located in various Boston and Greater Boston neighborhoods, including 13 in Cambridge and Somerville.

The Science Center Plaza piano has already found a number of fans. From music concentrators who clearly know what they’re doing to small children banging on the keys, the instrument is open to anyone, regardless of talent. It’s a fun addition to the always-bustling plaza, and a great opportunity to practice your signature piece (Chopsticks, anybody?) without having to sign out a practice room. Be sure to sit down and play for a spell before the festival ends on October 14.



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