Piano music will fill the fourth floor of the Atrium Building on Wednesday, May 23, as Rush hosts a Steinway grand piano as part of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO) Pianos in Public Spaces. Members of the Rush community are invited to play the piano, which will be in the Atrium from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The piano is available on a first-come, first-served basis to anyone who wants to play it.
“The idea is that somebody walking by the piano can come up to it and play or even just tap out a few notes,” says Ian Harwood, one of the team leaders of the Piano in Public Spaces project and a fellow of the League of American Orchestras.
“We know there are many talented amateur pianists at Rush, and we hope they will take advantage of this unique opportunity to share their abilities by stopping by the Atrium at some point on Wednesday and playing for people there,” says Alicia Smith, MHA, associate vice president, hospital operations.
Pianos In Public Spaces is a joint effort by the CSO and piano manufacturer Steinway & Sons to put pianos in about a dozen public areas in Chicago, including the lobbies of museums, office buildings and hospitals. The event kicks off the CSO’s Keys to the City Piano Festival, a series of CSO concert performances of compositions emphasizing the piano, and related events, taking place from May 23 to June 12.
Harwood observes that Pianos In Public Spaces complements Rush’s mission. “Music is part of the healthy lifestyle and is healing. It has a natural place inside the hospital environment,” he says.
For more information about the festival, please visit http://cso.org/kttcfestival.