Today I was privileged to be a part of the "Ribbon Cutting Ceremony" for my painted piano. To use a musical phrase, this ceremony was the elision* to the largest public art program in New York City: Each and every one of the 50 Sing for Hope Pianos has been permanently homed in an NYC public school after their musical sojourn through the City's parks and public spaces. These pianos will now go on to have a new and resounding life supporting kids who love to learn music.
The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony began with a song sung by the RHS choir. They performed "Take Me Home" by Pentatonix - with a raw interpretation full of urgent anticipation and crisp harmonics. Then, Sing for Hope's representative Paula Nemerson introduced the students to what Sing for Hope is all about: bringing the power of music and the arts to places where it's needed the most.
Then I explained the story behind my piano - just before cutting the ribbon - and volunteer musician David Chang performed "Castle In The Sky" from Hayao Miyazaki's beloved anime film. After this brief but meaningful ceremony the students told me they'd "name the piano Christine" after my sister.
* elision: when the last note of one phrase serves as the first note of the next phrase