OC, Can You Play?

(PR) Whether your piano talents are closer to Chopin or Chopsticks, the Great Park wants to know: OC, Can You Play? Come play the piano and participate in a public arts happening at the Orange County Great Park, presented by the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. OC Can You Play? is a free interactive installation that encourages visitors to tickle the ivories on one of 20 artistically enhanced pianos placed at iconic destination locations across the county. The public piano project kicks off January 16 and runs through February 6.

"The mix of music and art in OC Can You Play? is a perfect fit for the Great Park," says Larry Agran, Chair of the Orange County Great Park Board Corporation. "Bringing art of all kinds into a public space is a key part of the Great Park vision. Events like these are a stepping stone to the Great Park becoming OC's new home for the arts."

The piano used at the Great Park for this event was decorated by Irvine artist and teacher Tom Brown, and features a landscape reminiscent of the El Toro area's agricultural heritage. The Great Park Visitors Center also houses a photography exhibition by The Legacy Group titled Phantoms Phorever: Art + Language at MCAS El Toro. On the way to the Great Park Visitors Center, guests will see the Palm Court and Squadron Complex under construction, which will house artists studios and an art gallery, slated to open in mid-2011.

OC Can You Play? is designed to promote by the Pacific Symphony's "Year of the Piano" project, which features a season of top pianists. All of the OC Can You Play? pianos are donated by presenting sponsor Yamaha and supporting sponsor Kawai, and the Piano Technicians Guild is providing significant support in preparing and tuning the pianos. Local Orange County artists donated their time and talent to paint the pianos, which will be donated or auctioned after the event.

The piano will be in the Great Park Visitors Center during normal operating hours, January 16 through February 6. The Park is open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Parking is free. For more information go to www.ocgp.org or www.pacificsymphony.org/occanuplay

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