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San Francisco Botanical Garden is a public/private partnership between San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.

Sunset Piano and San Francisco Botanical Garden Present

Fifth Year Anniversary

Flower Piano

Thursday, July 11 - Monday July 22

San Francisco Botanical Garden

Golden Gate Park

Flower Piano Schedule

Pianos open daily 9:00am - 6:00pm with performances and events as scheduled below. 

Downloadable Week 1 Program PDF

Downloadable Week 2 Program PDF

Downloadable Map Graphic

Thursday, July 11

9:00am - 6:00pm | Opening Day 

 

4:00 - 6:00pm, Great Meadow | Sing-along with Community Music Center

We’ll kick off Flower Piano’s 5th year with a rousing and joyful sing-along in partnership with Community Music Center, led by Beth Wilmurt, accompanied by Cherie Chooljian

Download a Lyrics Book Here

Friday, July 12

6:00 - 8:30pm | Flower Piano at Sunset 

A NEW, family-friendly addition to the Flower Piano special event lineup.

Special ticket required. Children 12 and under are FREE. 

Downloadable Program Here

6:00 - 8:30pm | Sunset Piano Performances 


Redwood Grove | Daniel Sullivan: A Twilight Melange of Mirthful Medleys!
Conifer Lawn | Kitten on the Keys: Flapper, Rock, Blues, Pop, Cabaret, Phalanges Fun
California Native Plant Garden | Caroline Dahl: Boogie Woogie and Up Tempo Swingin’ Piano
New Zealand Collection | Eric Shifrin: Shuffling, Rhapsodic Medleys, Funky Loungy Saloon Classics.


6:00 - 6:45pm, Great Meadow | Meadowlark Music Class
Join Meadowlark Music’s Noe Veneble for a free Garden-inspired music class with original songs and activities that support a lifelong love of song for young and old alike. Infant – 5 yrs. 

6:15 - 8pm, Ancient Plant Garden | Young Talent Piano 
Celebrating our youngest talent, Flower Piano invites youth to step up to the piano and claim performance time during Flower Piano at Sunset. A limited number of 5-minute performance slots are open now for sign up by ages 12 and under, only.

Sign up here.

6:30 - 8:30pm, Great Meadow | Little Mission Studio Chorus and Chamber Ensemble 
Little Mission Studio presents a wide range of music, from contemporary classics to classical gems, featuring our talented students and faculty, including our Little Mission Chorus and Little Mission Chamber Ensembles. This family-friendly performance will celebrate the surrounding nature and joy of summer!

6:15 - 7:30pm , Garden of Fragrance | Charity Kahn of Charity Kahn and the JAMband 
Charity Kahn has been delighting San Francisco families for decades with original music that speaks to love, compassion, and mindfulness.

 

Saturday, July 13

9:00 - 10:00am, Great Meadow | Yoga with Kaiser Permanente

10:00 - 11:30am, Main Gate | Rabbit Hole Theater Scavenger Hunt 

Rabbit Hole Theater is back with another whimsical scavenger hunt through the Garden (10-11am) ending in song and movement for your little fairy, pirate, or wizard (11-11:30am). Scavenger hunt will launch from the Main Gate with a clue card to help families find hidden characters in nearby gardens.

10:00am-2:00pm, Main Gate | Plant Sale feat. Salvias, Shrubs, & Fuchsias

12:00 - 2:00pm | Twelve Piano Extravaganza

1.  Great Meadow | Paulo Sultanum & Guests: Brazilian Groove

2.  Heidelberg Hill | Jordan Feinstein: Songs and Improvisations

3.  Garden of Fragrance | Benjamin Gribble / Esther Aeschbach: 4 hands / 2 pianos: New Music by Benjamin Gribble

4.  Rhododendron Garden | Samantha Cho & Florin Parvulescu: Sonata Feast of Beethoven, Debussy & Grieg

Sandra Simich: Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Brahms, Debussy

5.  Ancient Plant Garden | Elektra Schmidt, Lewis Patzner & Friends: Chamber Music Masterpieces

6.  New Zealand Collection | Martha Cooper and Friends: Brahms, Bartok, & Very Weill Cabaret Opera

7.  South Africa Collection | Mark Techler: Bebop, Beatles, Chick, Duke, Gershwin, Rag, Rodgers

8.  California Native Plant Garden | Steve Abrams Trio: Jazz, Latin Jazz, Salsa, & Hard Bop

9.  Redwood Grove | Dawn Oberg: Songs About Plant Life and Other Stuff

Tom Jonesing: Pop Demolition and Remodeling

10. Conifer Lawn | Daniel Sullivan: Dance-along Ballet Extravaganza

11. Moon Viewing Garden | Eric Chase: Music from Beloved Composers and Improvisations

12. Zellerbach Garden | Monty Oxymoron: Classical Jazz Improv With a Touch of Psychedelia

 

1:00pm - 4:00pm, Children's Garden | Bean Sprouts Family Days Presented by Kaiser Permanente

Popular family Garden program, Bean Sprouts Family Days, will take on a musical twist as children and their caregivers explore various hands-on activities from visiting our composting worms to creating garden art.

2:00pm - 4:00pm, Ancient Plant Garden and New Zealand Garden | Oakland School for the Arts

For the third year, Oakland School for the Arts' incredible youth return to take the stage at Flower Piano. Support young, emerging musicians as most of them experience playing in their first outdoor venue!

2:00pm - 5:00pm, Fountain Plaza | Awesome Orchestra Collective - David Möschler, Conductor

A full symphony orchestra that will work through and perform two major piano concertos. Awesöme Orchestra strives to make orchestra adventures accessible to everyone.

2:00pm | Frédéric Chopin - Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante in E-flat major, Op. 22 (1834), featuring Allison Lovejoy, Piano

3:00pm | Sergei Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 (1909) featuring Serene, Piano

5:00pm - 6:00pm, Garden of Fragrance | Moving Meditation with Charity Kahn

Transition from Flower Piano bliss to real life with a free moving meditation session by Charity Kahn.

 

Sunday, July 14

9:00 - 10:00am, Great Meadow | Yoga with Kaiser Permanente

10:15 - 11:15am, Garden of Fragrance | Moving Meditation with Charity Kahn

Prepare for Flower Piano bliss with a free moving meditation session by Charity Kahn.

10:30 - 11:30am, Library | Story Time and Family Garden Walk 

Story Time and Family Walks are extra special during Flower Piano as walks end with a song at a nearby piano! Best for children ages 4-8 years old.

11:00am - 6:00pm, Zellerbach Garden | Featured Artists

11:00am - 12:30pm | Sarah Cahill: Music by Hélène De Montgeroult, Florence Price, and Vítězslava Kaprálová

12:30 - 2:00pm | Kash Killion & Killion’s Trillions: Exotic world instruments presentation and World Music

2:00 - 3:00pm | Craig and Macgregor Band: Jazz to Satie plus unique originals

3:00 - 4:00pm | Diva Marisa Winter and Elektra Schmidt: Soprano operatic arias with a contextual storytelling narrative

4:00 - 5:00pm | Kevin Gerzevitz Trio: Monkish Bebop and Soul Jazz

5:00 - 6:00pm | Mariah Parker: Indo Latin Jazz

 

11:00am - 4:00pm, Great Meadow |  Featured Artists 

11:00am - 12:00pm | Sandra Simich : Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Brahms, Debussy

12:00 - 1:00pm | Caroluna & Paul Smith: Sehnsucht - Arias and art songs elucidating ineffable desire 

1:00 - 2:00pm | Kat Downs: Classically Inspired Pop Originals

2:00 - 3:00pm | Antony Ty (MC Sightsee): Gospel, Beat and Other Cuts of Meat

3:00 - 4:00pm | Francisco Rosales Ensemble: Musica Tradicional Cubana 

1:00pm - 5:00pm, Garden of Fragrance | Duo Piano Program

1:00pm | Benjamin Gribble & Esther Aeschbach: 4 Hands / 2 Pianos: new music by Benjamin Gribble

2:00pm | Allison Lovejoy With Elektra Schmidt & Members of Awesome Orchestra, Carnival of the Animals, With Marionettes by Niki Ulelha, Puppeteer. Plus, Improvisations With Marc Capelle

3:00pm | Ann Wu & Yu-chi Tai: Mid-summer Days Fantasy

4:00pm | Emergency Room: Indie, Edm & Pop Covers

Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19

12:00 - 1:00pm, Ancient Plant Garden and Garden of Fragrance | Lunch Time Concerts Presented by San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Bring a picnic lunch and blanket and enjoy special lunch time concerts by Conservatory of Music students and alumni. 

July 15

12:00-1:00pm, Ancient Plant Garden | Ke Coco Chen

12:00-12:30pm, Garden of Fragrance | Zak Mustille

July 16

12:00-1:00pm, Garden Fragrance | Seulki Hong

July 17

12:00-1:00pm, Ancient Plant Garden | Yunyi Ji

12:00-1:00pm, Garden of Fragrance | Coco Xu Connor with Starla and Valery Breshears

July 18

12:00-1:00pm, Garden of Fragrance | Tin Yi Chelsea Wong and Lukáš Janata

July 19

12:00-1:00pm, Ancient Plant Garden | Tin Yi Chelsea Wong

12:00-1:00pm, Garden of Fragrance | Pablo Molano

Tuesday, July 16 - Thursday, July 18 

3:00 - 6:00pm, Great Meadow, Garden of Fragrance, and New Zealand | Community Music Center Piano Mini-Lessons 

Free 20 minute mini-lessons on pianos in the Garden. Designed for beginners ages 12 and up, the lessons will help “break the ice” and introduce you to piano basics. Reservations for lesson times are available now. Some lesson times will also be available for sign-up in person.

Sign up here.

Thursday, July 18

8:00 - 11:00pm | Flower Piano at Night

A special after dark event with food trucks and outdoor bars

Special ticket required

Performances are 8:30 - 10:30pm unless otherwise noted below

Ancient Plant Garden | Sarah Cahill: Music by Žibuoklė Martinaitytė, Germaine Tailleferre, and Frangiz Ali-zadeh

California Native Plant Garden | Elektra Schmidt, Carlyn Kessler & Friends: Solo Piano Masterpieces and Chamber Music Gems

Redwood Grove | Jill Tracy: a Sonic Séance of Elegant Dark Beauty

New Zealand Collection | Joe Magdalena: Standards, Pop, Sinatra, Happy Stuff

Garden of Fragrance | Byerself Trio: Synomatic Soul Jazz; Cellist Lead Trio

Conifer Lawn | Rob Dehlinger’s Alpha Rhythm Kings: Jumpin’ Jivin’ Piano Party!

Special Flower Piano at Night Performances just added! 

9:00pm - 10:30pm, Zellerbach Garden of Perennials | Chuchito Valdes 

With special guest, Mauro ffortissimo on the liberated piano.

Friday, July 19

8:00 - 11:00pm | Flower Piano at Night

A special after dark event with food trucks and outdoor bars

Special ticket required

Performances are 8:30 - 10:30pm unless otherwise noted below

Ancient Plant Garden | Allison Lovejoy & Friends: Satie Salon and Cabaret  
Redwood Grove | Serene: Post-romantic Synesthesia with Serene
New Zealand Collection | Joshua Raoul Brody: Originals, Aboriginals, Standards, Substandards &                                                      Beatles Songs.
California Native Plant Garden | Kitten on the Keys & MC Sightsee: Metal Is Tough & Other Garden                                                               Lullabies 
Conifer Lawn | Eric Shifrin & the in Crowd: Upbeat, Swingin', Jumpin', Groovin', Good Time Music
Garden of Fragrance | Paulo Sultanum & Casulo: a Brazilian Bossafolk Experience

Saturday, July 20

9:00 - 10:00am, Great Meadow | Yoga with Kaiser Permanente

10:00 - 11:30am, Main Gate | Rabbit Hole Theater Scavenger Hunt 

Rabbit Hole Theater is back with another whimsical scavenger hunt through the Garden (10-11am) ending in song and movement for your little fairy, pirate, or wizard (11-11:30am). Scavenger hunt will launch from the Main Gate with a clue card to help young children find hidden characters in nearby gardens.

12:00 - 2:00pm | Twelve Piano Extravaganza

1.  Great Meadow | Joshua Raoul Brody: Originals, Aboriginals, Standards, Substandards, and Beatles Songs.

2.  Heidelberg Hill | Eric Chase: Classical Music From Beloved Composers and Improvisations

3.  Garden of Fragrance | Kristina Foltz: From Bach to Brubeck:  a Musical Journey   

             Penelope Keep: a Mix of Classical and Jazz

4.  Rhododendron Garden | Thea Becker: Mozart, Schubert, Chopin : Favorites Not Often Performed

5.  Ancient Plant Garden | Alon Nechushtan: Stride, Stroll, & Roll (a Tribute)

6.  New Zealand Collection | Eric Shifrin: Confessions of a San Francisco Saloon Pianist

7.  South Africa Collection | Caroline Dahl: Boogie Woogie and American Roots Piano

8.  California Native Plant Garden | Rob & Petra Sullivan, Piano & Mandolin: Ragtime Era Classics, Waltzes, Tangos, Songs

9.  Redwood Grove | Kitten on the Keys: Flapper, Rock, Blues, Wave, Cabaret, Phalanges Fun.

10. Conifer Lawn | Dizzy Victrola & Co.: Tickling Tunes From the Grateful Dead & Queen

11. Moon Viewing Garden | Kimberly Hou: Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and More

12. Zellerbach Garden | Colin Farish: Classical and Jazz, Brazilian, Blues and Beatles

1:00pm - 4:00pm, Children's Garden | Bean Sprouts Family Days Presented by Kaiser Permanente

Popular family garden program, Bean Sprouts Family Days, will take on a musical twist as children and their caregivers explore various hands-on activities from visiting our composting worms to creating garden art.

2:00 - 2:20pm, Garden of Fragrance | Na Lei Hulu I ka Wekiu

3:00 - 3:20pm, Great Meadow 

100 hula dancers performing traditional and contemporary hula over two performances and locations

2:00 - 5:30pm, Conifer Lawn | Club Flor

 

2:00 - 2:30pm | Beat Corner: Mauro & Dean, Musical Guests, Avant Garden Poetry

2:30 - 3:00pm | Eric Chase: Classical Music Inspired by Nature

3:00 - 3:30pm | Beat Corner: Mauro & Dean, Musical Guests, Avant Garden Poetry

3:30 - 4:00pm | Steve Holtzman: Slow Dancing With Trees, a Mindfulness Workshop

4:00 - 4:30pm | Beat Corner: Mauro & Dean, Musical Guests, Avant Garden Poetry

4:30 - 5:00pm | Mr Brandy: Dark Rock Tales

3:00 - 5:00pm, Zellerbach Garden | Members of San Francisco Symphony 

Musicians of the San Francisco Symphony perform chamber music in the open air.

8:00 - 11:00pm | Flower Piano at Night

A special after dark event with food trucks and outdoor bars

Special ticket required

Performances are 8:30 - 10:30pm unless otherwise noted below

Redwood Grove | Jill Tracy: a Sonic Séance of Elegant Dark Beauty

Ancient Plant Garden | Joe Magdalena: Standards, Pop, Sinatra, Happy Stuff

California Native Plant Garden | Daniel Sullivan: Night Fever: a Bacharach Bacchanal

Garden of Fragrance | Paulo Sultanum & Casulo: a Brazilian Bossafolk Experience

New Zealand Collection | La Mantia: Afro Caribbean Latin Argentinian Jazz Originals

Conifer Lawn | Mr Lucky and the Cocktail Party feat. Joshua Raoul Brody: Ellington to Bacharach & Beyond!

Sunday, July 21

9:00 - 10:00am, Great Meadow | Yoga with Kaiser Permanente

10:30 - 11:30am, Library | Story Time and Family Garden Walk 

Story Time and Family Walks are extra special during Flower Piano as walks end with a song at a nearby piano! Best for children ages 4-8 years old.

11:00am - 12:00pm, Garden of Fragrance | SFJAZZ High School All-Stars

The SFJAZZ High School All-Stars program is a pre-professional training program for current Bay Area high school age jazz musicians. Comprised of two ensembles - the Big Band and the Combo - the All-Stars rehearse and perform throughout the school year at the SFJAZZ Center, receive mentorship and clinics with leading jazz professionals, record a professional studio album, and appear at prestigious music festivals and competitions.

Piano - Luis Manuel Peralta

Bass - Isaac Coyle

Drums - Henry Plumb

 

11:00am - 6:00pm, Zellerbach Garden | Featured Artists

11:00 - 12:00pm | Lisa Spector: Left Hand Plus: Five to Ten Fingers!

12:00 - 1:00pm | Allison Lovejoy and Rebecca Kleinmann: Chopin, Debussy,  Ravel and Poulenc

1:00 - 2:00pm | Byerself Trio: Synomatic Soul Jazz; Cellist Lead Trio

2:00 - 3:00pm | Van-anh Nguyen: Bach Meets Bobby Mcferrin, Beethoven Meets Britney & More!

3:00 - 4:00pm | Tammy Hall: Tribute to Seven Goddesses

4:00 - 5:00pm | Serene: Post-romantic Synesthesia With Serene

5:00 - 6:00pm | Rob Reich Swings Left: Bold, Quirky Nod to Swing Era Jazz

 

11:00am - 4:00pm, Great Meadow | Featured Artists

11:00 - 12:00pm | Kristina Foltz: From Bach to Brubeck:  a Musical Journey

12:00 - 1:00pm | Stanford University Ragtime Ensemble: Scott Joplin Rags With Paul Phillips

1:00 - 2:00pm | Freddi Price & Robin Coomer: Singing From the Songbook of Pain & Dissolution

2:00 - 3:00pm | La Mantia: Afro Caribbean Latin Argentinian Jazz Originals

3:00 - 4:00pm | Francisco Rosales Ensemble: Musica Tradicional Cubana 

Monday, July 22

9:00am - 6:00pm | Closing Day 

All pianos open for everyone to play and listen. No scheduled performances.