South Carolina Philharmonic


September 07, 2010

Painted Pianos to raise money for SCP

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A collaboration among area businesses is bringing a public art project popular in places like London and Denver to Columbia soon to raise money for the South Carolina Philharmonic.

“Painted Pianos” is a result of a partnership that includes Rice Music House, the Village at Sandhills’ Village Artists and the SCP. Not unlike the SCP’s Painted Violins fundraisers of past seasons, instruments – pianos in this case – were donated by Rice Music House for artists to transform into works of art.

However, the twist with Painted Pianos is that the 10 pianos will be playable and, as in other cities, located in public spaces to enable passersby to display whatever piano skills they have before being auctioned off to raise money for the SCP at its Saturday, Nov. 13 Masterworks concert.

Rice Music House recruited nine artists for the project. Several come from among the Village Artists group at the Village at Sandhills, where Rice Music House operates a store, as well as some other Midlands-based artists. Artists were selected by Rice Music House and the Village at Sandhills. They are: Ann Anrrich, Barbara Blackman, Gail Cunningham, Dawn Faber (two pianos), Dylan Fouste, Mary Hartfield, Joanne McDermott, Howard Hunt and Barbie Mathis.

The 10 finished pianos will debut at the Koger Center in Columbia during “Song & Dance,” the SCP’s first Masterworks concert of the 2010/2011 season, on Thursday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. For the rest of September, the pianos are to be displayed throughout the Village at Sandhills at such places as Belk and Bi-Lo.

During October and early November, the pianos are to be transferred to shops and restaurants throughout the Midlands, including Cloud Nine Market, Mellow Mushroom, Sly Fox and the Thirsty Fellow in Columbia’s Vista; the Richland County Public Library main branch, the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, with other locations to be announced soon.


Jason Rapp, Communications Director
South Carolina Philharmonic
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