Pianos placed around Portland for all to play

A piano at Saturday Market, part of the Piano! Push! Play! event in Portland, July 22, 2013 (KOIN 6 News/Matt Bell)
A piano at Saturday Market, part of the Piano! Push! Play! event in Portland, July 22, 2013 (KOIN 6 News/Matt Bell)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Musicians and wanna-be musicians have venues to showcase their talents as pianos were placed in open-air spots around Portland for the two-week program, “Piano! Push! Play!”

Beginning at 5 p.m. Monday, the pianos will be located in Pioneer Courthouse Square, McCall Waterfront Park, 13th & West Burnside, near American Apparel and the Saturday Market, and near Bill Naito Legacy Fountain.

The program, put on by the Snowman Foundation, gives both professional and amateur pianists the chance to play for the public. There’s no cost to play. Just wait your turn, sit down and pound the ivories.

There are also some scheduled performances through the Snowman Foundation.

In 2012, the program began as a pop-up concert series and had one piano on one street corner. It expanded this year, and the pianos will be donated to kids, organizations and schools after the two-week period.

The Snowman Foundation worked with Portland Piano Company and West Coast Piano Moving and Storage, and partnered with the Portland Police Bureau, to put this together.

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