Play Me, I'm Yours

Berlin Wall Segments, 5900 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, California
Thursday, April 12, 2012 - Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Wende Museum's original Berlin Wall segments, on permanent display at 5900 Wilshire Blvd. (The Variety Building), were selected as one of 30 sites across the Southland for the city-wide installation project, Play Me, I'm Yours, organized in collaboration with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the British artist Luke Jerram.
 
We commissioned LA-based artist Evan Skrederstu (uglarworks.com) to paint the piano that was at our site. The piano is now a part of The Wende Museum's Collection as a generous gift from the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
 
On April 12, 2012, pianists at every site officially opened the installation with a simultaneous concert of Bach’s Prelude in C from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 and a selection of pieces of their own choosing. LACO and The Wende also encouraged performers of all kinds – singers, actors, dancers, instrumentalists – to take advantage of the instruments and stage their own impromptu performances. Pianos were on display and accessible for the public to play 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
 
This art project, a special tribute to Jeffrey Kahane’s 15th season as conductor of LACO, was installed for three weeks from April 12 through May 3. For more information, please visist streetpianosLA.com, the virtual hub and participant-generated documentary of the project, accepting uploads of photos, videos and verbal comments.
 
Sponsors Include Wells Fargo Foundation; Faucett Family Foundation; and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; with in-kind support from LA INC. and Discover the Arts LA; Los Angeles County Arts Commission; City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs; The Ratkovich Company; Hollywood Piano Company; and media sponsorship from Los Angeles Times and Classical KUSC 91.5 FM


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