Flower Piano is a musical event and attraction that provides open access to music and pianos within the natural, outdoor environment of San Francisco Botanical Garden.
Participants are invited to explore the Garden’s global living plant collections as they seek out the 12 pianos spread out across the 55-acre living museum. At each of the pianos, there will be scheduled professional performances, open play time for participants, and community partner performances – reflecting a range of genres, ages, and cultures
Flower Piano 2022
September 16-20, 2022 | 10am to 6pm
San Francisco Botanical Garden
1199 9th Ave., Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Free for SF Residents with valid ID, free before 9am for all, otherwise $13 (weekdays), $17 (weekends) admission for adults, $7 for seniors (65+), $7 for youth (12-17) and $3 for kids (5-11) – Advanced tickets recommended (even for SF Residents)
Advanced tickets are recommended for all Garden visitors including members as well as residents. There will be expedited entry for members and advanced ticket holders on weekends and holidays. Onsite ticket purchases are also available.
All visitors receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits) are offered free general admission. Free admission for up to four people may be redeemed by presenting a valid EBT card upon entry. Full-priced admission to special exhibitions, events, and programs still applies. More info
Flower Piano Events Schedule 2022
OPENING NIGHT / Wednesday, September 14 – 5pm – 6pm, Great Meadow | Fall and Fly: Special Flower Piano Opening Event
Like the opening ceremony for the Olympics, a groundbreaking commissioned work created for twelve grand pianos will be performed on the Garden’s Great Meadow just before Flower Piano. San Francisco-based composer Benjamin Gribble has written Fall and Fly, an incredible 23 minute sonic journey in three movements, exploring the textures of a twelve-piano choir. Stanford Symphony director Paul Phillips will personally conduct this one-of-a-kind performance. Special guest speakers Rebecca Solnit, Gary Kamiya, and poet Agneta Falk will contextualize the evening with themes of transformation, renewal, and regrowth.
Special $35 event ticket required – buy here >>
Friday, September 16
- 10am – 12pm, Great Meadow | Noe’s Garden: Noe’s Garden brings a special good morning concert, ideal for children 0 – 7 and their families. Sing, dance, and move your body along to beloved folk songs from around the world, as well as Noe’s own nature-inspired originals. Celtic harp, acoustic guitar, and puppetry make this a concert the whole family will enjoy.
- 12pm – 1pm, Zellerbach Garden | Tom Jonesing: Pop Renovations, Remodeling, and Demolition
- 1pm – 2pm, Garden of Fragrance | Suzanne Ramsey: Cabaret Originals, Unexpected Covers, Nostalgic Flapper Rock
- 3pm – 7pm, Celebration Garden | Beat Corner: Avante Garden Music and Poetry
- Bay Area Poets hosted by Agneta Falk
- Music by Mauro, Dean, Antony, Paulo, and others
- Angela LaFlamme and Friends, Tribute to Tom Waits
- 3pm – 4pm, Conifer Lawn | SFJAZZ High School All-Stars: Four-hands performance by Alex and Lucas Perry
- 4pm – 5pm, New Zealand Collection | Ian Scarfe: Masterpieces of Bach, Chopin, List, and Barber
- 4pm – 5:30pm, Great Meadow | Community Music Center Latin Jazz Kick-off: Community Music Center, celebrating more than a century of music for everyone, hosts a fresh and festive jam session, or descarga, with Eduardo Corzo, pianist and CMC faculty member, with an all-star array of guest musicians. Enjoy music in the open air where the outdoors are your dance floor.
- 5pm – 6pm, Zellerbach | Tin Yi Chelsea Wong: Drama and Rituals: Bach, Ligeti, Crumb, Liszt
- 6pm – 7pm, Redwood Grove | Jill Tracy: Mystical, Elegant, Dark, Cinematic, Haunting Sonic Spells
Saturday, September 17
- 10am – 12pm, Great Meadow (starting point) | Rabbit Hole Theater Magical Scavenger Hunt: Find magical characters during a family-friendly scavenger hunt through the Garden
- 12pm – 4pm, Celebration Garden | Duo Piano Program
- 12pm – 1pm | Ian Scarfe and Elektra Schmidt: Ravel, Poulenc, Gustavino, and PDQ Bach
- 1pm – 2pm | Regina Myers and Sarah Cahill: Recent Works by Riley Nicholson, Errollyn Wallen, and others
- 2pm – 3pm | Jennifer Peringer and Lauren Cony: Mozart, Dolores White, Germaine Tailleferre and Gabriela Lena Frank
- 3pm – 4pm | Allison Lovejoy and Kymry Esainko: Saint-Saens “Carnival of the Animals” with a chamber orchestra featuring members of the Classical Revolution, and Niki Ulehla and her original Puppets!
- 12pm – 2pm | Twelve Piano Extravaganza
- 12pm – 1pm
- 1. Great Meadow | Rob Dehlinger’s Alpha Rhythm Kings: Swingin’ King Size Classic Sounds
- 2. Celebration Garden | Ian Scarfe and Elektra Schmidt: Ravel, Poulenc, Gustavino, and PDQ Bach
- 3. Garden of Fragrance | Kevin Gerzevitz Trio: Monkish Bebop and Soul Jazz
- 4. Rhododendron Garden | Robbie Dehlinger: Original Piano Music Which Honors the Classics
- 5. Ancient Plant Garden | Trio Poema: Argentine tango Music
- 6. New Zealand Collection | Amy Norman: Swingin’ Tunes & Sultry Songs
- 7. South Africa Collection | Samer Fanek: Contemporary Music With an Arabic Flair
- 8. California Native Garden | Berkeley Academy of Music: 20th Anniversary, Polished Classical and Jazz
- 9. Redwood Grove | Marisa Lenhardt and Paul Caccamo: Tells Stories and Sings, Bringing Context to Opera
- 10. Conifer Lawn | Kymry Esainko: Melancholy Moods to Soothe the Savage Skeptic
- 11. Moon Viewing Garden | Penelope Keep: Bach, Scriabin, Gershwin, Chopin, & LEHRER!
- 12. Zellerbach Garden | Classical Revolution: Chamber music for strings and piano
- 1pm – 2pm
- 1. Great Meadow | Mr Lucky and The Cocktail Party: Ellington, Mancini, Bacharach, Withers…!?
- 2. Celebration Garden | Regina Myers and Sarah Cahill: Recent Works by Riley Nicholson, Errollyn Wallen, and others
- 3. Garden of Fragrance | Rob Reich Trio: Crystalline melodic discoveries, interrupted by improvisational flights
- 4. Rhododendron Garden | Dawn Oberg: Music That Cares About You, The Listener!
- 5. Ancient Plant Garden | Betty Roi Trio: Authentic Parisian Chanteuse Cabaret sings Cabaret & Jazz
- 6. New Zealand Collection | Joe Mag, Martuni’s: Pop, Show Tunes, and Sing-a-Longs
- 7. South Africa Collection | George Brooks, Frank Martin: Original compositions inspired by Jazz, Indian Classical
- 8. California Native Garden | Gail Dobson Quintet & Vocal Students: Love’s in Need of Love Today
- 9. Redwood Grove | Caroluna and Ian Scarfe: Glorious Opera Arias, Art Songs, and More!
- 10. Conifer Lawn | Patti Weiss & Bobby Bralove: Beautiful Melding of Improvisational Piano and Violin
- 11. Moon Viewing Garden | Esther Aeschbach: Bach, Rameau, Brahms, Debussy, Ravel, Gribble
- 12. Zellerbach Garden | Earth Wind Flowers: Chamber Music of Various Styles!
- 3pm – 4pm, Zellerbach Garden | Martin Luther McCoy with Paisley Hinton: Mix of classic Beatles and British favorites as well as soul music and songs of protest involving the works of Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan and Sam Cooke
- 4pm – 6pm, Fountain Plaza | Awesöme Orchestra is a full orchestral ensemble that rehearses and then plays famous works with featured performers.
- 4pm – 5pm | Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor (first movement) with Elektra Schmidt, soloist
- 5pm – 6pm | Pines of Rome for full orchestra by Ottorino Respighi, guest conducted by Dr. Sixto F Montesinos Jr
Sunday, September 18
- 11am – 6pm, Zellerbach Garden | Featured Artists
- 11am | Tammy Hall and Leberta Lorál: In Gratitude and Acknowledgement of Nature’s Power
- 12pm | Musica Cubana Quintet: Musica Cubana
- 1pm | Allison Lovejoy: Romantic, Impressionist, and Modern Masterpieces
- 2pm | Kev Choice Trio: African-American Piano Music from Classical to Hip-Hop
- 3pm | Serene: An Epic Adventure
- 4pm | Mariah Parker: Indo Latin Jazz Quintet
- 5pm | The Orange Sunshine Experience: Psychedelic Jazz with Drummer Fabio Reis
- 11am – 6pm, Great Meadow | Featured Artists
- 11am | Elektra Schmidt: Schumann Kreisleriana and Anna Muravitskaya : Arias and Folk Songs
- 12pm | Sumi Lee Levy: Current Argentine Tango Music from Buenos Aires
- 1pm | Kash Killion & Killion’s Trillions: World Music, Sun Ra, Jazz, Reggae, Tango
- 2pm | Alon Nechustan Trio: 21st Century Piano Adventures in Rhythm
- 3pm | Lavay Smith: Classic Jazz, Blues, and Early R&B
- 4pm | Van-Anh: Old World Chopin to New World Disney
- 5pm | Christian Tumalan’s Trio: Jazz, Brazilian, and Remarkable Hispanic Classics
- 1pm – 3pm, Conifer Lawn | Little Mission Studio: A fun-loving music school based in the Mission inspiring creativity and cultivating musicianship in the community. Join Little Mission Studio as they present curated performances of both solo and chamber piano music from Little Mission students, ensembles, and faculty members featuring a wide variety of musical styles and genres.
- 2pm – 4pm, Garden of Fragrance | SF Symphony: Performances by SF Symphony musicians
- 4pm – 5pm, Conifer Lawn | San Francisco Conservatory of Music: Pre-College pianists
- 4pm – 5pm, Celebration Garden | Oscar Cervarich: Spanning the Romantic era to the Blues, Oscar will play your favorites including Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin and more
Monday, September 19
- 12pm – 1pm, Great Meadow | Danny Sullivan: Mad Scene Medley Explosion!
- 1pm – 2pm, Great Meadow | Kevin Navarro w. Joshua Hughes, Bass-Baritone: Broadway Musical Theater & Great Moments in Opera
- 2pm – 3pm, Celebration Garden | Erick Peralta in partnership with Community Music Center: The Neo-Creolism of the Peruvian Piano with Erick Peralta: Bringing together his myriad of musical experience and influences, Erick Peralta presents a personal perspective on his native music from Peru, through the voice of the piano. This musical journey will highlight compositions from the música criolla songbook of Peru, blending the traditional sounds with contemporary elements, with the intent of proposing a “nuevo criollo”: the neo-creolism of Peru.
- 3pm – 6pm, Celebration Garden | Beat Corner: Avante Garden Music and Poetry
- Bay Area Poets hosted by Jessica Loos
- Music by Mauro, Dean, Antony, Paulo, and others
- 3pm – 4pm, Zellerbach Garden | Eric Shifrin: Swinging Standards, Bouncy Latin, and Rumpa Chunka
- 4pm – 5pm, Conifer Lawn | FPM: Vocal/Piano Duo Playing NOLA Jazz Originals
- 5pm – 6pm, Conifer Lawn | Mena Ramos & Laura Harris: Afrocuban Folkloric Percussion Meets Classical and Jazz
Tuesday, September 20
- 12pm – 1pm, Great Meadow | The Cottontails: 20’s/30’s Jazz, 40’s Swing, 50’s/60’s R&B
- 1pm – 3pm, Zellerbach Garden | Ensemble SF: Formed in 2013 by members of the San Francisco Ballet and Symphony, Ensemble SF is dedicated to inspiring a more inclusive world through art. Elizabeth Schumann on piano, Angela Lee on cello, Matt Young on viola, and Jessica Fellows on violin.
- 2pm – 4pm, Celebration Garden | Colin Farish & Victoria Theodore: Spontaneous Jazzical Compositions in Serendipitous Coincidence
- 3pm – 4pm, Zellerbach Garden | Sandra Simich: Debussy, Brahms, Chopin, Beethoven
- 4pm – 5pm, New Zealand Collection | Eric Chase: Mozart’s Concerto Interiors: Meditations Searching for Tranquility
- 5pm – 6pm, Garden of Fragrance | Steve Abrams & Heath Proskin : Hard Bop, Swing, Latin Jazz and Salsa
Schedule Subject To Change
About Sunset Piano
Mauro ffortissimo and Dean Mermell together launched Sunset Piano in 2013 when ffortissimo covertly rolled an old grand piano onto the bluffs over Half Moon Bay. As word spread through social media, the crowds grew way beyond the occasional dog walker. Thousands came to hear the music before the county ordered the piano removed. Since then, Sunset Piano has expanded this impromptu musical and social experiment, temporarily placing pianos in a wide variety of unexpected natural and urban settings around the Bay Area every year, from the top of Montara Mountain to Market Street. Flower Piano, a collaboration with San Francisco Botanical Garden, is Sunset Piano’s largest and most ambitious undertaking. Mermell’s documentary about Sunset Piano is entitled Twelve Pianos.