This year, Portland Piano International / SOLO celebrates Piano Day on March 29. Piano Day happens on the 88th day of the year because the modern piano has 88 keys. Last year 70+ individuals performed 1,590 minutes of music on Piano Day and helped raise more than $20,000. The hope is to surpass this milestone of persons, minutes and donations.
This marks the third year the organization has organized this celebration of the piano in Portland. Portland joins cities in other countries, including Japan, Australia, Russia, Slovenia, Germany, The Netherlands, Israel, Lithuania, France, the UK and Canada for a day of public piano performances.
Funds raised through the day support Portland Piano International’s educational programs – from underwriting student tickets to our signature SOLO Series to presenting master classes for young pianists and their teachers.
This year PPI has expanded to eight locations, and is open to local musicians of all ages and skill levels. Events are free, open to all and will be streamed online to a global audience.
How It Works
Those who want to sign up to participate in Piano Day should start here: pianodaypdx.org.
Participants will play on grand pianos to celebrate the piano and raise funds for Portland Piano International’s educational programs. Performers choose the music they play; there are no restrictions on what can be played. Participants are asked to raise at least $10 per minute that they play. These eight locations in the Portland Metro area will be home to Piano Day performances:
Portland City Hall, 10am-3pm, 1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland
Washington Park MAX Station, 12pm-3pm, located outside the entrance to the Oregon Zoo
Legacy Emanuel Hospital, 12pm-5pm, 801 N Gantenbein Ave, Portland
OHSU, Center for Health and Healing, 11am-3pm, 3303 SW Bond Ave, Portland
OHSU Hospital, 11am-3pm, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd, Portland
OMSI, 10am-3pm, 945 SE Water Ave, Portland
Title Wave, 10am-3pm, 216 NE Knott St, Portland
Providence, 11am-2pm, 9205 SW Barnes Road, Portland
“We hope that the community will join in the celebration as performers, supporters and listeners,” said executive director Ellen Bergstone Wasil.