OJ Editor: I’m gonna play ALL those pianos!

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Original Story, Jan. 16

UPDATES and videos HERE

Hat-tip to my good friend Art Pedroza, over at the New Santa Ana Blog – How else would we have known about the Pacific Symphony’s trippy and ambitious project “OC Can You Play?” If Art hadn’t done his story I mean.

I’m not sure exactly why, but they have paid twenty artists (including an ex-wife of mine) to paint twenty pianos that have been located at twenty different locations throughout Orange County, and are there from yesterday (Sunday the 16th) until February 6.  And I feel that it’s incumbent on me as Orange Juice Editor to not only play all those pianos, but get videos made proving it.

Yesterday Art met me at Santa Ana Artists’ Village, and filmed me doing my version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” – my version of which incorporates Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus:

Later in the afternoon I managed to find the piano hidden in the middle of Fountain Valley’s Mile Square Park – they don’t make it easy!  I did meet Danny Trejo’s cousin Wilberto while playing there, but I’ve got no video proof so I’ll have to return.  I’m gonna hit every one of those pianos, though, and keep OJ readers apprised.  Here are the locations:

1. South Coast Plaza – Carousel Court (map)

2. South Coast Plaza – Jewel Court (map)

3. South Coast Plaza – Macy’s Home Store Wing (map)

4. Orange County Performing Arts Center (map)

5. Irvine Spectrum Center (map)

6. Orange County Great Park Balloon & Visitors Center (map)

7. No Square Theatre, Laguna Beach (map)

8. The Lab (map)

9. The Block at Orange (map)

10. Downtown Fullerton (map)

11. Brea Downtown (map)

12. San Juan Capistrano (map)

13. Downtown Disney (map)

14. Barclay Theater, University of California, Irvine (map)

15. OASIS Senior Center (map)

16. Hoag Hospital Irvine (map)

17. Downtown Santa Ana (map)

18. OC Parks – Mile Square Park (map)

19. Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center (map)

20. OC Parks — OC Zoo (map)

And you can get more information here;  there’s prizes involved;  you’re welcome to set up your own events etc;  they’re gonna auction off the pianos at the end.  If you figure this thing out better than I have, good for you!


About Admin

"Admin" is just editors Vern Nelson, Greg Diamond, or Ryan Cantor sharing something that they mostly didn't write themselves, but think you should see. Before December 2010, "Admin" may have been former blog owner Art Pedroza.