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Random Acts of Music


By Alison Hewitt

Published Apr 13, 2012 12:00 PM

In a performance-art project that turns passersby into performers, 30 pianos have been placed outdoors in Los Angeles County, available for anyone to play. At UCLA, an upright piano sits outside the main entrance to Royce Hall, where students are gathering to enjoy impromptu concerts. The piano will remain until the end of April for the "Play Me, I'm Yours" project, which brings "street pianos" to cities around the world. The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra brought the project to Los Angeles, and UCLA Performing Arts hosts the UCLA piano.


Dawson Jope, a fifth-year geography major, indulged the crowd with the "Peanuts" theme. (Photo courtesy of UCLA Today)


The piano outside UCLA's Royce Hall is one of 30 citywide as part of "Play Me, I'm Yours." (Photo courtesy of Jeanne Hart/UCLA Live)


Sophomore Angel Zhang, a mathematics/applied science and economics double major, indulges her passion in the piano. She heard another student playing while she walked through the quad and joined the audience before getting up the nerve to play. "It's a really nice atmosphere," she said. (Photo courtesy of UCLA Today)


Students gathered to hear the piano music echo around Royce Quad and applauded each performance. (Photo courtesy of UCLA Today)



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