Piano Experiment Tunes up at Main Beach


No Square Theatre and Pacific Symphony invite the public to tickle the ivories during “OC Can You Play?” Sunday, Jan. 16 – Sunday, Feb. 6.

The three-week project features 20 colorfully painted pianos on display throughout Orange County for everyone to play and enjoy, including one in Laguna Beach. Kicking off the event, the public is invited to Main Beach, at 1 p.m., to see what happens.

“OC Can You Play?” offers a variety of contests—from a “Piano Scavenger Hunt” (visit all 20 pianos for a chance to win season tickets—or visit three pianos for 20 percent off a ticket purchase) to “Best Video” (capture a performance on video and win tickets to an upcoming concert). Keep up with all the contests, scheduled performances and activities at www.pacificsymphony.org/OCCanUPlay where you can also see what’s scheduled at the No Square piano, or sign up to play it at a particular time.

More into the ‘flash mob’?  Just show up, sit down and start playing!  Shoot your own video, or take photos and post them.

Local musicians and students are invited to “create their own piano performance” on the piano at the beach. Come, play, videotape a performance and share it on YouTube and the Symphony’s Facebook page.

Our No Square Theatre piano is a community project in itself.  It was donated by Phil Taylor, prepared and tuned by piano technician David Stoneman, and local artist Philip Womack has painted it.  No Square Theatre raised money for the program with an open mic led by Saif Eddin, and received a generous donation for underwritten from Ken and Nancy Frank.

For a list of all the pianos, see more at lbindy.com in Arts.

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