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San Ramon: City Center places grand piano for visitors to play in Alexander Square

Communal piano inspired by 'Play Me, I’m Yours' street piano movement

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In order to expand both the cultural and entertainment offering found at City Center Bishop, City Center executives have announced that an upright grand piano has been placed in the center’s Alexander Square, open to any resident who wishes to play some tunes or just sit back and listen.

The piano itself is an Andrew Kohler piano from the early 1900s and is one of the few pianos that was made in San Francisco. City Center executives have said that the piano will remain open indefinitely -- pending good weather -- so long as there are visitors who enjoy it and do not mind playing for strangers.

“Many people love live music and the special ambiance it creates during a great meal with friends on the outdoor patio or as shoppers are strolling through the center,” said Alexander Mehran Jr., president and chief operating officer of Sunset Development Co., the center’s owner and operator. “Our community is brimming with talented people, what better way to share that talent and love for music than on the City Center community piano.”

Mehran added that the musical addition to San Ramon’s retail shopping complex and community gathering place, was inspired by the “Play Me, I’m Yours” street piano movement, which consists of pianos being strategically placed in community areas.

The program encourages the public to gather together in these communal areas, engage with one another and share a love of music.

“While we aren’t officially affiliated with the movement, we did use it as an inspiration for building our own program and customizing it for the Tri-Valley community,” Mehran said. “We know it will be as fun for those playing as it is for the guests who get to be serenaded.”

City Center’s communal piano is open to all takers at Alexander Square, 6000 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

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Posted by Confused?
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 20, 2019 at 4:06 pm

I love that an upright piano has been placed at the city center. But, just in case you were wondering, there is no such thing as an upright grand piano. There are upright pianos and there are grand pianos. Two very different and distinct entities.

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