The City’s Cultural Arts Commission announces the return of its “Sit a Spell and Play a Tune,” three public pianos at Rotary Plaza, Adella Plaza, and the Coronado Ferry Landing. The Commission is recruiting musicians of all ages and skill levels to participate in the opening concerts in May.
“Sit a Spell and Play a Tune” is an interactive, artistic and musical public art program that places three brightly wrapped pianos at outdoor locations around Coronado. The pianos are open to be played by anyone. The program is in its third year. The pianos were donated by residents and wrapped in artwork by local artists Jody Esquer, Tina Christiansen and Karrie Jackson. Businesses and organizations adjacent to the pianos volunteer to open and close the pianos daily. They can be played from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The pianos provide access to musical opportunity, foster creativity, and build a sense of community among the public and, in the process, raise awareness for public art and music initiatives.
A series of opening pop-up concerts are planned at all three venues. The first concert is planned for Saturday, May the 4, and will be a Star Wars themed event at the Coronado Ferry Landing Piano from 2 to 4 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to wear Star Wars costumes, and there will be Star Wars theme crafts and snacks.
Two additional concerts are planned on Saturday, May 11, at Rotary Plaza at 2 p.m. and on Saturday, May 18, at Adella Plaza, at 2 p.m. If you’re interested in performing, please contact Arts Education and Musical Arts Commissioner Mariah Gillespie at email@example.com.
About the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission: The Coronado Cultural Arts Commission was established by the Coronado City Council in 2011. It is a seven-member commission charged with providing recommendations and taking action to “foster the development and enjoyment of performing, visual, cultural, and other arts in Coronado.” For more information: www.coronadoarts.com. The Commission meets on the first Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The meetings are open and the public is invited to attend. Agendas and minutes of current and previous meetings are posted and available on the City’s website: www.coronado.ca.us