June 1-16 | 2 weeks | 88 pianos | 5 boroughs
This summer, the Sing for Hope Pianos proudly return to the streets, parks, and public spaces of New York City! With new pianos, artists, locations, and special events, the Sing for Hope Pianos will once again engage communities across the five boroughs and help achieve our vision that all New Yorkers have access to the arts.
This year’s project is being made possible in large part through the generous support of Chobani, Inc., maker of America’s #1 selling yogurt brand. ”As two entrepreneurial organizations united by a mission to provide equal access to everyone – whether it’s music or genuine food products – Chobani is proud to support Sing for Hope,” said Hamdi Ulukaya , president, CEO and founder of Chobani. “Through funding this inventive program and as members of the New York community, we are honored to be a part in deepening the role New York City plays as a thought leader in music and the arts.”
Want to get involved?
Sing for Hope is looking for the following:
Watch over the Sing for Hope Pianos during their time on the streets and help to ensure that each instrument stays protected and able to move on to its permanent home once the public installation is over.
Pianos Street Team
Join a dedicated group of outgoing music lovers in all five boroughs to help promote this summer’s most exciting public art project!
|“My girlfriend and I celebrated our one year anniversary on Monday. We decided to go and hang out in McCarren Park for the day. To our surprise we had a wonderful background of piano playing. I love this city and the artists it brings.”
— Luke, McCarren Park, Brooklyn
“Being able to play the piano in the middle of Herald Square was so liberating. I have stage fright, but I sat down at that piano and felt like I was just playing for myself, but with lots of things happening around me.”
— Maria, Herald Square, Manhattan
|“It’s a dream come true! I’ve been playing show tunes and classical music for seven years and when I heard about this I went berserk! A fabulous idea!”
— Sammy, Lincoln Center, Manhattan
“Last night, I had one of my most enjoyable moments in NYC since I moved here last summer. I think that this piano idea is brilliant and truly brings New Yorkers together.”
— Jamie M., St. Mark’s Church, Manhattan
|“During a summer-evening stroll, the notes of distant Beethoven seemed to blow in off the East River. Followed them up the boardwalk and joined the audience. We were attracted, like moths to light, to the grandest concert overlooking Manhattan on the tiniest piano this side of Margaret Leng Tan.”
— Ed Matthew, Gantry Plaza State Park, Queens
“I love how this piano brings people who have never seen or heard a piano or had the opportunity to hear one, and listen to music played by a complete stranger.”
— Randy Naraine, Rufus King Park, Queens
|“I love this idea very much. I feel that this would inspire many people to play the piano or people who can’t afford to have a piano to be able to play when they can.”
— Anonymous, Staten Island Ferry Terminal, Staten Island
“Thank you for doing this for the people and for the city. From where I see it, we can really use this kind of cheering up.”
— Doug, Grand Concourse, Bronx
|“My son and I live in Michigan, and he recently visited New York to stay with friends (visiting New York has been one of his dreams since he was a child). He called me tonight and told me there was a piano on the street, by the Brooklyn Bridge! He sat down to play and drew a crowd! He sounded happier than I have heard him in years.”
— Jon’s mom, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn
|“I was never so moved by such a seemingly simple thing as a piano in a park. ESPECIALLY at 135th St. St. Nicholas Park in Harlem. I have to be honest, I live in Harlem and blacks and whites don’t mingle much. This piano is appreciated by ALL races. I witnessed blacks and whites playing, listening, and ENJOYING TOGETHER.”
— Darryl Stith, St. Nicholas Park, Manhattan
|“In front of Tully Hall, around 300 people turned up to enjoy a 7-year-old who played Mozart, a seasoned pianist who played Broadway tunes, a dashing young banker who sang Sinatra, an opera singer who sang Carmen… It was one of the happiest moments (created by people who are complete strangers) that I have witnessed here in New York!”
— Rene Taylor, Lincoln Center, Manhattan
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