"Play Me, I'm Yours" Project Fills Air With Piano Music

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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- There's music in the air in Los Angeles today. 30 pianists began playing Bach at 30 colorful pianos scattered across the city Thursday.

It was part of a public art project called "Play Me, I'm Yours," which began in London in 2008 and has now been in 22 cities worldwide.

The pianos, many of which are decorated by local artists, were placed in public places from downtown Los Angeles to the Santa Monica Pier.

Pianists simultaneously played Johann Sebastian Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier at noon. The pianos will remain in their places until May 3 for anyone to play.

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra put on the event to celebrate their music director's 15-year anniversary at the helm of the orchestra.

"We really want people to experience the joy of music making," said Nicolette Atkins, marketing director for the Orchestra. "We wanted to come outside of the concert hall and make it available to people where they are, where they live."

The worldwide project was created by British artist Luke Jerram, and has now reached more than two million people, according to its website.

The website for the Los Angeles version of the project is www.streetpianosla.com.


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