18 Pianos, 18 Pianists, 17 Artists, 1,584 Keys Set for Kretzer Piano's KEYS TO THE CITIES Kick-Off Today
Public Display & Play in Palm Beach County
From November 2-17, the 18 gorgeous pianos will be on public display throughout the county. Among the various locations where visitors can see - and even play! - the "artified" instruments are Arts Garage in Delray Beach, on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, the Cultural Council headquarters in Lake Worth, Downtown At The Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens, Kretzer Piano in Jupiter, and at assorted spots in West Palm Beach, including City Center, CityPlace, Clematis Street by Palm Beach Dramaworks, the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium and the Waterfront.
"Professional pianists and music groups are scheduled to perform concerts on the pianos while they are on display, but the most fun will be in children (up to age 94) sitting down and plunking away. Our main message is that everyone is invited and everyone can play," says Kretzer, who developed the program after learning of similar successful campaigns in London and New York City.
"This KEYS TO THE CITIES campaign fits perfectly with the mission of the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation, which is to provide music lessons and performing opportunities to everyone, especially underprivileged children," she adds.
A "piano buddy" at each site will cover the instruments at night and during inclement weather. At the conclusion of the public display period, all of the pianos will be donated to local children's charities and community organizations where they will continue to enrich the lives of people for years to come.
The 18 used pianos were donated for this campaign by the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation and by Carlos Aquino, Jackie Badome (in memory of her husband Frank),the family of Gary Carter, Cheryl Harrigan, Nancy Sale Johnson, the Lighthouse for the Blind, Opportunity, Inc., Sheryl Purcell, Paula Rodgers, Jamie Romeo, Karen Sade, Tony Tamaccio and Jan Young.
For more information and a chance to glimpse some of the 18 designed pianos, check out "Keys to the Cities" on Facebook.
Pictured: "The Kid" - the Gary Carter Piano designed by Frank Navarrete.