Street Pianos, Spontaneous Breaking Into Song Starts Today


Remember all those pianos coming to New York? It’s your day to find one and listen to someone far more skilled than you make some pretty, pretty tunes for your enjoyment. Today begins Make Music New York — a borough-wide event featuring free concerts in public spaces from 11 a.m. to 10 at night. The streets will be alive with the sound of you-know-what.

Don’t be alarmed if you see musicians of all sorts (hip hop, opera, rock, jazz) performing on streets, sidewalks, stoops, in parks, everywhere, not to mention those 60 street pianos being played by professionals around NYC (you’ll get your chance to tickle the ivories after today — the pianos will be free for anyone to walk up and play until July 5).

This year is the fourth for Make Music New York. Other fun projects within the event include a New Orleans-style Second Line parade, interactive music in the Meatpacking District, avant garde percussion in Central Park (which you can listen to from rowboats in the lake), and Take Your Musician to School Day. Or, you can just put your headphones in and walk around like a zombie to your own private symphony like you always do, but that’s not very social, now, is it?

Check here for the schedule of events.