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Flower Piano: 12 Hidden Pianos in Golden Gate Park

Sunset Piano, in partnership with San Francisco Botanical Garden, will once again bring over a dozen pianos to the spectacular 55 acre Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park for the fourth incarnation of our interactive music festival, Flower Piano.

Flower Piano is free to SF residents with ID, and only $9 (the regular Garden entry fee) for anyone else.

For twelve days only, July 11-22, 2019, pianos are placed in beautiful garden settings for anyone to play, with performances by brilliant local musicians scheduled on weekends.

Flower Piano 2019
July 11-22, 2019
Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Avenue, SF
Free for SF Residents (with proof of residency; otherwise it’s $9 for regular entry.) Please note that Night Garden (July 18-20) is a paid, ticketed event.

The annual twelve-day-long Flower Piano is one of the Bay Area’s most highly anticipated musical events of the summer and celebrates its fifth year at the Garden with a special anniversary edition.

Featuring new opportunities for the public to play, more performances by professional musicians, special events for families including the new evening-time Flower Piano at Sunset, a community sing-along, free piano lessons, and three evenings of Flower Piano at Night, a special after dark event with food trucks and outdoor bars.

Flower Piano 2019 Full Schedule of Performances & Events

Piano Location Codes

  • GM | Great Meadow
  • HH | Heidelberg Hill
  • GF | Garden of Fragrance
  • RH | Rhododendron Garden
  • AP | Ancient Plant Garden
  • NZ | New Zealand
  • SA | South Africa
  • CN | California Native Garden
  • RG | Redwood Grove
  • CL | Conifer Lawn
  • MV | Moon Viewing Garden
  • ZG | Zellerbach Garden

Thursday, July 11 – Opening Day


Opening Day, 9 am to 6 pm: Pianos open to all. No scheduled performances or events

Friday, July 12, 6 pm-8:30 pm – Flower Piano at Sunset


A new, family-friendly addition to the Flower Piano special event lineup.

Special ticket required. Children 12 and under are free.

Saturday, July 13 – Great Meadow


9 am – 10 am: Great Meadow – Yoga with Kaiser Permanente

10 am – 11:30 am: Main Gate – Rabbit Hole Theater Scavenger Hunt

Rabbit Hole Theater is back with another whimsical scavenger hunt through the Garden (10-11am) ending in song and movement for your little fairy, pirate, or wizard (11-11:30am). Scavenger hunt will launch from the Main Gate with a clue card to help young children find hidden characters in nearby gardens.

10 am-2 pm: Main Gate – Plant Sale feat. Salvias, Shrubs, & Fuchsias

Noon – 2 pm: Piano Location Codes | Twelve Piano Extravaganza

  • GM | Paulo Sultanum & Guests: Brazilian Groove
  • HH | Jordan Feinstein: Songs and Improvisations
  • GF | Benjamin Gribble / Esther Aeschbach: 4 hands / 2 pianos: New Music by Benjamin Gribble
  • RH | Samantha Cho w. Florin Parvulescu: Sonata Feast of Beethoven, Debussy & Grieg
    Sandra Simich: Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Brahms, Debussy
  • AP | Elektra Schmidt, Lewis Patzner & Friends: Chamber Music Masterpieces
  • NZ | Martha Cooper and Friends: Brahms, Bartok, & Very Weill Cabaret Opera
  • SA | Mark Techler: Bebop, Beatles, Chick, Duke, Gershwin, Rag, Rodgers
  • CN | Steve Abrams Trio: Jazz, Latin Jazz, Salsa, & Hard Bop
  • RG | Dawn Oberg: Songs About Plant Life and Other Stuff
    Tom Jonesing: Pop Demolition and Remodeling
  • CL | Daniel Sullivan: Dance-along Ballet Extravaganza
  • MV | Eric Chase: Music from Beloved Composers and Improvisations
  • ZG | Monty Oxymoron: Classical Jazz Improv With a Touch of Psychedelia

1 pm – 4 pm: Children’s Garden | Bean Sprouts Family Days Presented by Kaiser Permanente

Popular family garden program, Bean Sprouts Family Days, will take on a musical twist as children and their caregivers explore various hands-on activities from visiting our composting worms to creating garden art.

2 pm – 4 pm: Ancient Plant Garden and New Zealand Garden – Oakland School for the Arts

For the third year, Oakland School for the Arts incredible youth return to take the stage at Flower Piano. Support young, emerging musicians as most of them experience playing in their first outdoor venue.

2 pm – 5 pm: Fountain Plaza – Awesome Orchestra Collective – David Möschler, Conductor

A full symphony orchestra that will work through and perform two major piano concertos. Awesöme Orchestra strives to make orchestra adventures accessible to everyone.

2 pm: Frédéric Chopin – Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante in E-flat major, Op. 22 (1834), featuring Allison Lovejoy, Piano

3 pm:  Sergei Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 (1909) featuring Serene, Piano

5 pm –  6pm: Garden of Fragrance – Moving Meditation with Charity Kahn

Transition from Flower Piano bliss to real life with a free moving meditation session by Charity Kahn.

Sunday, July 14


9 am – 10 am: Great Meadow  – Yoga with Kaiser Permanente

10:15 am – 11:15 am: Garden of Fragrance – Moving Meditation with Charity Kahn

Transition from Flower Piano bliss to real life with a free moving meditation session by Charity Kahn.

10:30 am – 11:30 am: Library – Story Time and Family Garden Walk

Story Time and Family Walks are extra special during Flower Piano as walks end with a song at a nearby piano. Best for children ages 4-8 years old.

​11 am – 6 pm: Zellerbach Garden 

Featured Artists

  • 11 am – 12:30 pm: Sarah Cahill: Music by Hélène De Montgeroult, Florence Price, and Vítězslava Kaprálová
  • 12:30 pm – 2 pm: Kash Killion & Killion’s Trillions: Exotic world instruments presentation and World Music
  • 2 pm – 3 pm: Craig and Macgregor Band: Jazz to Satie plus unique originals
  • 3 pm – 4 pm: Diva Marisa Winter and Electra Schmidt: Soprano operatic arias with a contextual storytelling narrative
  • 4 pm – 5 pm: Kevin Gerzevitz Trio: Monkish Bebop and Soul Jazz
  • 5 pm – 6 pm: Mariah Parker: Indo Latin Jazz

11 am – 4 pm, Great Meadow

Featured Artists

  • ​11 am – 12 pm: Sandra Simich : Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Brahms, Debussy
  • Noon – 1 pm: Caroluna & Paul Smith: Sehnsucht – Arias and art songs elucidating ineffable desire
  • 1 pm – 2 pm: Kat Downs: Classically Inspired Pop Originals
  • 2 pm – 3 pm: Antony Ty (MC Sightsee): Gospel, Beat and Other Cuts of Meat
  • 3pm – 4 pm: Francisco Rosales Ensemble: Musica Tradicional Cubana

​1 pm – 5 pm, Garden of Fragrance – Duo Piano Program

  • ​1 pm: Benjamin Gribble & Esther Aeschbach: 4 Hands / 2 Pianos: new music by Benjamin Gribble
  • 2 pm: Allison Lovejoy With Elektra Schmidt & Members of Awesome Orchestra, Carnival of the Animals, With Marionettes by Niki Ulelha, Puppeteer. Plus, Improvisations With Marc Capelle
  • 3 pm: Ann Wu & Yu-chi Tai: Mid-summer Days Fantasy
  • 4 pm: Emergency Room: Indie, Edm & Pop Covers

Monday, July 15 – Friday, July 19


Noon – 1 pm: Ancient Plant Garden and Garden of Fragrance – Lunch Time Concerts Presented by San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Pull up a bench or a patch of grass and enjoy special lunch time concerts by Conservatory of Music students and alumni.

​July 15

  • Noon – 1 pm: Ancient Plant Garden | Ke Coco Chen
  • Noon – 12:30 pm: Garden of Fragrance | Zak Mustille

​July 16

  • Noon – 1 pm: Garden Fragrance | Seulki Hong

​July 17

  • Noon -1 pm: Ancient Plant Garden | Yunyi Ji
  • Noon -1 pm: Garden of Fragrance | Coco Xu Connor with Starla and Valery Breshears

​July 18

  • Noon -1 pm: Garden of Fragrance | Tin Yi Chelsea Wong and Lukáš Janata

​July 19

  • Noon -1 pm: Ancient Plant Garden | Tin Yi Chelsea Wong
  • Noon -1 pm: Garden of Fragrance | Pablo Molano

Thursday, July 18 – Saturday, July 20

Flower Piano at Night $55


Flower Piano at Night, a special evening version of Flower Piano, is back again this year for three nights, July 18-20. Beautifully lit pathways guide visitors to pianos aglow with performances by Sunset Piano all-stars and open pianos to play. Food and drink are also available for purchase.

Monday, July 22


9 am – 6 pm: Closing Day

Saturday, July 13

Yoga in the Garden | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, July 13 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free for San Francisco Residents with proof of ID. $9 for regular entry.
| San Francisco Botanical Garden
Yoga in the Garden | Golden Gate Park

Sunset Piano, in partnership with San Francisco Botanical Garden, will once again bring over a dozen pianos to the spectacular 55 acre Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park for the fourth incarnation of our interactive music festival, Flower Piano. Flower Piano is free to SF ...

Flower Piano: Twelve Piano Extravaganza Concert | GG Park
Saturday, July 13 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free for San Francisco Residents with proof of ID. $9 for adults.
| San Francisco Botanical Garden
Flower Piano: Twelve Piano Extravaganza Concert | GG Park

Sunset Piano, in partnership with San Francisco Botanical Garden, will once again bring over a dozen pianos to the spectacular 55 acre Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park for the fourth incarnation of our interactive music festival, Flower Piano. Flower Piano is free to SF ...

Monday, July 22

Final Day: 2019 “Flower Piano” | Golden Gate Park
Monday, July 22 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free for San Francisco Residents with proof of ID. $9 for regular entry.
| San Francisco Botanical Garden
Final Day: 2019 "Flower Piano" | Golden Gate Park

Sunset Piano, in partnership with San Francisco Botanical Garden, will once again bring over a dozen pianos to the spectacular 55 acre Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park for the fourth incarnation of our interactive music festival, Flower Piano. Flower Piano is free to SF ...


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