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Saturday, July 14, 2018 - All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free for San Francisco Residents with proof of ID. $8 for adults, $6 for youth 12-17 and seniors, $2 for children 5-11, and free for kids 4 and under.

San Francisco Botanical Garden | 1199 9th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122


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 5-16, 2018, pianos are placed in beautiful garden settings for anyone to play, with performances by brilliant local musicians scheduled on weekends.

Flower Piano 2018
July 5-16, 2018
Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Avenue, SF
Free for SF Residents (with proof of residency; otherwise it’s $8 for regular entry.) Please note that Night Garden (July 12-14) is a paid, ticketed event.

Flower Piano 2018 Schedule of Performances and Events

Piano Location Codes
GM : GREAT MEADOW
TC : THOMAS CHURCH PAVILION, EXHIBITION GARDEN
GF : GARDEN OF FRAGRANCE
RN : RHODODENDRON GARDEN
AP : ANCIENT PLANT GARDEN
NZ : NEW ZEALAND
SA : SOUTH AFRICA GARDEN
CN : CALIFORNIA NATIVE GARDEN
RG : REDWOOD GROVE
CL : CONIFER LAWN
MV : MOON VIEWING GARDEN
ZG : ZELLERBACH GARDEN

Travis Lange / SF Botanical Garden

Thursday, July 5 – Opening Day


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

Friday, July 6, 4-6pm, Great Meadow


Flower piano kick-off sing-along with Community Music Center’s Maestro and Nola Curtis

Saturday, July 7


9-10am, Great Meadow – Yoga In The Garden

10-11:30am, Garden’s Adjacent To Main Gate
Rabbit Hole Theater Company: Come along on a family-friendly character scavenger hunt at several piano locations near the main gate, concluding with a song and photos at the Great Meadow

10am to Noon, Ancient Plant Garden & New Zealand
Oakland School For The Arts: Performances by Oakland School For The Arts Students

Saturday 7/7 12-2pm, Twelve Piano Extravaganza #1

Simultaneous performances at all pianos

GM : Duo Piano Program * 12-5 pm (See Program Below)
TC : Sarah Cahill : Music By Terry Riley And Meredith Monk
GF: Daniel Sullivan : Dance-Along Ballet Divertissement Montage
RN : Sandra Simich : Classics (Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy…)
AP : Jill Tracy : Elegant, Haunting, Noir Conjurings And Originals
NZ : Antony Ty : Beat, Gospel, Punk, And Chopin
SA : Jimmy Kraft : Progressive Blends Of Vocal Jazz & Neo-Soul
CN : Kitten On The Keys : Flapper, Pop, Punk, Cabaret, Shenanigans
RG : Martha Cooper & Friends : Cabaret Opera, Pianos Solos And Musical Theatre
CL : Paulo Sultanum & Casulo : A Brazilian Bossa-Folknova Experience
MV : Harry White : Improvisation Inspired By The Garden
ZG : Yu-Chi Tai : Let’S Dance!

* Duo Piano Program At Great Meadow
12pm Esther Aeschbach & Benjamin Gribble : Original Compositions for 2 Pianos/4 Hands by Benjamin Gribble
1pm Allison Lovejoy, Kymry Esainko And Elektra Schmidt : French Music By Milhaud, Ravel, Debussy and others.
2pm Allison Lovejoy And Kymry Esainko Perform Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals with members of the Classical Revolution Orchestra.
3pm Colin Farish : Jazz Inspired Improvisations With Guest Pianists Kymry Esainko, Allison Lovejoy and others.
4pm Duo Improvisational Hour with Special Guests.

1-4pm, Children’s Garden
Bean Sprouts Family Days presented by Kaiser Permanente:
Family Program with Garden Activities, Crafts, and Miniature Pianos

2-4pm, Garden Of Fragrance
Members of the San Francisco Symphony

Saturday 7/7 2-5pm, Featured Artists At Zellerbach Garden

  • 2pm Tom Jonesing : (Dean Mermell & Steffanos X) Rock and Pop Remodeling and General Improvements
  • 3pm Kash Killion & Killion’S Trillions : World Music
  • 4pm Quinta Tango : Classic Tangos from 1930s to 1950s
  • 2-5pm, Ancient Plant Garden & New Zealand – Oakland School For The Arts: Performances by Oakland School for the Arts students

Saturday 7/7 3:30 – 5:30pm, Beat Corner
Avant Garden Poetry, Music, and More : Various Performers, Hosted By Mauro and Dean

5-6pm, New Zealand – Moving Meditation with Charity Kahn

Travis Lange / SF Botanical Garden

Sunday July 8


9-11am, Garden Of Fragrance
Charity Kahn: Interactive Music, Movement and Mindfulness for Families. Two Shows: 9am and 10am.

10:30am, Helen Crocker Russell Library
Story Time and Family Walk, Flower Piano Style: Family program with music-themed story time followed by a family walk to nearby pianos

Sunday 7/8 Featured Artists At Zellerbach Garden And The Great Meadow

Zellerbach Garden 11am – 5:30pm

  • 11 Larisa Migachyov, Dale Hadley : The Softer Side Of Ragtime
  • 12 Lisa Spector : Romantic Music for Left Hand Alone
  • 1 Allison Lovejoy, W. Dan Fabricant, Bass & Michael Laderman, Flute : Chopin, Ravel, and Claude Bolling
  • 2 Michael Mcintosh & Karina Deniké : Early Jazz, Torch Songs, Vintage Soul
  • 3 Van-Anh Nguyen : Romantics – Origin Form & with a Twist
  • 4 Chuchito Valdes : Chuchito Valdes

Great Meadow 11am – 4pm

  • 11 Harry White : Improvisation Inspired by the Garden
  • 12 Benjamin Gribble : New Gribble Pieces, Janceck, Glass, Milhaud, Prepared-Piano!!!
  • 1 Dizzy Victrola & Co. : Boogie and Jazz Parlor
  • 2 Daniel Sullivan : Brahms, Debussy, Gershwin
  • 3 Leslie Harlib : Leslie Harlib shares The Great American Songbook

Saturday July 14


10-11am, Great Meadow – Yoga In The Garden

10-11:30am, Gardens Adjacent To Main Gate
Rabbit Hole Theater Company: Come along on a family-friendly character scavenger hunt at several piano locations near the main gate, concluding with a song and photos at the Great Meadow

Saturday 7/14 12-2pm, Twelve Piano Extravaganza #2

Simultaneous performances at all pianos

GM : Francisco Rosales : Musica Cubana
TC : Joe Magdalena : Standards, Pop, Sinatra, And Happy Stuff
GF : Joshua Raoul Brody with or without friends: Originals, Aboriginals, Standards, And Substandards
RN : Caroline Dahl : Boogie Woogie and American Roots Piano
AP : Gerry Basserman / Colleen Torianne : Pianoforte from Porch To Parlor
NZ : Eric Shifrin : Bouncy Chestnuts, Gringo Latin, and some originals
SA : Leslie Harlib : Leslie Harlib shares The Great American Songbook
CN : Roberto Zular (Piano) & Felipe Bueno (Guitar) : Brazilian Music and Poetry
RG : Joseph Wilcockson & Friends : Classical, Standards, Blues and Jazz
CL:: Derek Sup : Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Original Compositions, and more
MV : Eric Chase : Classical Favorites and Classical Improvisations
ZG : The Kevin Gerzevitz Trio : Monkish Bebop and Soul Jazz

2-4pm, Zellerbach Garden
Members of the San Francisco Symphony

1-4pm, Children’s Garden
Bean Sprouts Family Days presented by Kaiser Permanente:
Family Program with Garden Activities, Crafts, and Miniature Pianos

Saturday 7/14 3:30 – 5:30pm, Beat Corner
Avant Garden Poetry, Music, and More : Various Performers, Hosted by Mauro and Dean, with Special Guest Drummer George Marsh

5-6pm, New Zealand
Moving Meditation with Charity Kahn

Natalie Jenks / SF Botanical Gardens

Sunday July 15


9am-11am, Garden of Fragrance
Charity Kahn: Interactive Music, Movement and Mindfulness for Families. Two Shows: 9am and 10am.

10:30am, Helen Crocker Russell Library
Story Time and Family Walk, Flower Piano Style, Family Program with music-themed story time followed by a family walk to nearby piano.

Sunday 7/15 Featured Artists at Zellerbach Garden and Great Meadow

Zellerbach Garden, 11am – 5pm

  • 11am: Sarah Cahill : MusicBy Terry Riley and Meredith Monk
  • 12pm: Serene : An Epic Virtuoso Journey
  • 1pm: Tammy Hall, Piano & Denise Perrier, Voice : Sonorous. Sensual. Fun. Moving. Liberating. Warm. Loving.
  • 2pm: The Kevin Gerzevitz Trio : Monkish Bebop and Soul Jazz
  • 3pm: Craig And Macgregor Band : Jazz

Great Meadow, 11am – 4pm

  • 11am: Harry White : Improvisation Inspired By The Garden
  • 12pm: Derek Sup : Classically Trained Songwriter Confronts Love And Loss
  • 1pm: E.M.T. : Classic Rock and EDM Piano Covers
  • 2pm: Joshua Raoul Brody with or without friends: Originals, Aboriginals, Standards, And Substandards
  • 3pm: Francisco Rosales : Musica Cubana

Night Garden : July 12-14 (8-11pm) – $45


Join us for one, two, or three magical nights filled with beautifully lit pathways, food and drink for purchase, and pianos aglow with performances by Sunset Piano all-stars, as well as open pianos to play all while providing support for daytime Flower Piano events.

Monday, July 16 9am-6pm – Closing Day


Closing Day – Pianos Close at 6pm.
No scheduled performances or events.


Event Details


Cost: FREE*
*Free for San Francisco Residents with proof of ID. $8 for adults, $6 for youth 12-17 and seniors, $2 for children 5-11, and free for kids 4 and under.
Categories: *Top Pick*, Live Music, Nature, Outdoors, San Francisco
Address: 1199 9th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122
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