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Weekday Piano Performances Return in May

Live lunchtime concerts are back at the Upper Terrace featuring acclaimed pianists.

Angelito Jusay

Piano in Bryant Park, the popular lunchtime series featuring talented and engaging pianists, returns for its 15th season beginning Monday, May 1 on the Upper Terrace. The program continues each weekday, 12:30pm – 2:30pm, through September 29.

We have established a number of great traditions at Piano in Bryant Park, and we’ll keep them going this year. Terry Waldo, protégé of Eubie Blake, kicks off the season with a week of performances, and he’ll be followed by a full slate of returning crowd favorites. The lineup includes Roy Eaton, who played at Carnegie Hall in 1937, Deanna Witkowski, winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, Daryl Sherman, named Best Jazz Vocalist by Hot House Magazine, Victor Lin, a Kenny Barron-trained Columbia University instructor, and Todd Robbins, performing his signature ragtime and classic Tin Pan Alley. Legendary pianist, musical director, and composer Frank Owens will also return for annual week at the keyboard beginning August 28.

Last year, we introduced Tap-A-Long, at which audience members were encouraged to “Tap-A-Long” to music performed by Ayako Shirasaki. It proved a success, and Ms. Shirasaki will mark National Tap Dance Day with the second Tap-A-Long on May 25. Accompanying her, and showing the audience how it’s done, will be the inimitable Toes Tiranoff.

The popular Sing-A-Long Thursdays also returns this year during the run of Broadway in Bryant Park. Each Thursday from July 6 – August 10, the starting time for Piano moves to 2pm, and those in attendance will be encouraged to sing along to irresistible Broadway classics.

Piano in Bryant Park is produced in partnership with Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians, Sam Ash Music, Jazz Center of New York, the Council for Living Music, and the Music Performance Trust Fund. For the full schedule, click here, where you will also find audio clips of each of our participating pianists.     

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