For the fourth year, street pianos return in May

File photo Mark Arabia, a new resident to Nashua, plays one of the Nashua street pianos located in front of the future Performing Arts Center – formerly Alec’s Shoes.

NASHUA – For the fourth straight year, the artistically painted Nashua street pianos will grace Main Street. They will be accessible to anyone, regardless of age or skill.

Presented yearly since 2016, the program is a partnership between Darrell’s Music Hall, Great American Downtown and North Main Music and is aimed at making the pianos, and music in general, readily available to anyone in the community from May through October.

The program began with two pianos, and was inspired by British artist Luke Jerram’s “Play Me, I’m Yours” street piano project. Jerram’s internationally touring pianos include 1,900 street pianos across 60 cities around the globe. Nashua’s street pianos provide an interconnected resource for the public to express themselves and get to know each other.

With the pianos previously placed at Bicentennial Park, the future Performing Arts Center – previously Alec’s Shoes and on the corner of Main and East Pearl streets, they provide the community access to musical instruments, while giving musicians the opportunity to share their creativity with the public.

Through the program, the pianos have been able to attract a wide-range of hidden musicians, giving them the ability to sit down at the keys and exhibit their artistic sides to the public, while being available to those without their own musical instruments.

“We love seeing a passerby stop at the pianos, and start to play,” Darrell’s Music Hall Vice President Adam Darrell said. “It’s amazing how many people have the hidden talent of music, and the street pianos gives anyone a public stage to perform on.”

Great American Downtown Executive Director Paul Shea said the presence of the pianos not only enhances the areas of the city that they are placed, but they also help members of the community connect with each other.

“From the sounds flowing through in the air, to the visual quality enhanced by temporary public art, to the way the focal point invites strangers to connect – in placing pianos out into various corners of the Downtown, we change the character of the space, and they way people relate to the urban environment and one another.”

“We are very excited to partner with Darrell’s Music Hall and North Main Music to bring this creative element of living art to back to Main Street again this year,” Shea added.

The program’s ability to give back to the community through music is key to its organizers.

“There are people out there who don’t have access to a piano at home, but have an interest in music and a desire to express themselves musically,” Mike McAdam, founder and director of North Main Music, said. “It feels good to be working with other local businesses and organizations to bring music, art, and community together in this way.”

The program started with two pianos in 2016, and promptly added a third in its second-year run. In 2017, the program received it’s third piano as well as an added purpose when Tracy Lee Carroll of Hudson got involved as a way to honor of her late daughter, Amber.

Those interested in being a partner in this fun, unique, and inviting community-building program, please contact Sarah Roy, marketing and public relations person for North Main Music, atcommongoodcrtv@gmail.com.