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Golden Pianos Brighten Up Cleveland for 50th Anniversary Celebration

Cleveland’s Streets Come Alive with Music for the Cleveland International Piano Competition’s 50th Anniversary

In celebration of the Cleveland International Piano Competition’s (CIPC) 50th anniversary, Piano Cleveland has adorned the city with six golden pianos in some of Cleveland’s most iconic and unexpected locations. This musical initiative, titled “50 Days of CIPC,” leads up to the competition’s grand finale—the Final Concerto Round with The Cleveland Orchestra. Thanks to KeyBank’s generous sponsorship, these golden pianos will host weekly pop-up concerts, transforming everyday spaces into vibrant concert venues.

Marissa Moore, Executive Director of Piano Cleveland, shared her enthusiasm: “We’ve seen the transformative power of music with similar projects in 2013 and 2021. Bringing piano music out of the concert hall and into the city allows everyone to experience its magic.”

Pop-Up Concerts and Public Performances

To celebrate this golden milestone, Piano Cleveland is organizing 30-45 minute pop-up concerts featuring local pianists at each golden piano site. These performances invite everyone to experience live music in the heart of the city. When the pianos aren’t being used for scheduled concerts, Piano Cleveland encourages pianists of all levels to play and share their performances using the hashtag #PianosInTheCity.

Golden Piano Locations and Performance Times:

  • Cleveland City Hall: Thursdays at noon
  • Playhouse Square’s Connor Palace: Fridays at 6 PM
  • Tower City (outside The Eatery): Thursday, July 18 at noon
  • Market Hall at Van Aken District: Sundays at 9 AM
  • Pivot Center: Sundays starting July 14 at 1 PM
  • Cleveland Public Library Main Branch: Saturdays at noon

Note: Some locations, such as City Hall and Tower City, are booking additional performances.

A Citywide Musical Celebration

This golden piano initiative not only celebrates the CIPC’s 50th anniversary but also underscores Piano Cleveland’s mission to make music accessible to all. By placing these pianos in nontraditional spaces, Piano Cleveland brings music into the daily lives of Clevelanders, transforming mundane moments into memorable musical experiences.

For more information about the Cleveland International Piano Competition, including its history, past and present contestants, competition dates, and performance venues, visit pianocleveland.org.

About Piano Cleveland

Piano Cleveland promotes Cleveland as a premier piano destination through world-class programming, community engagement, and education initiatives. The organization’s major programs include:

  • Cleveland International Piano Competition
  • CIPC for Young Artists
  • A mixed-genre piano festival
  • Year-round education and community engagement programs

Celebrate the harmony of community and music with Piano Cleveland and experience the magic of golden pianos throughout the city.

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Kyle

Kyle is a content creator with a passion for exploring and telling stories. When he's not at his computer, you can find him in the city with his wife Kaitie, and/or his two kids. You'll enjoy reading about his experiences and insights if you're all about The Land, through clevelandvibes.com, The Cleveland Tea Newsletter, and some of the posts on Cleve or Leave.

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