NEW HAVEN — The pianos will be playing for you.

But first, the pianos need your help.

And just so you know, the goal, according to organizers of the Free Keys CT Piano Trail, is to ensure “the sound of piano music wafting through the breeze across Connecticut this summer.”

To accomplish this, Free Keys CT Piano Trail will place 13 pianos painted by local artists in pop-up, outdoor locations across the region, according to a release.

“The Free Keys CT Piano Trail is designed to provoke people into engaging, activating, and claiming ownership of their community through music, and provides an interconnected resource for the public to express themselves through making, listening to, and enjoying music,” The release explained. “It places pianos painted by local artists in pop-up, outdoor locations across the region. The public can play the pianos and participate in sheet music lending ‘libraries’ housed in the piano benches of each instrument. The New Haven Symphony Orchestra, a co-producer of the project, will perform chamber music concerts at New Haven piano sites across the course of the summer.”

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But first, the Free Keys CT Piano Trail is seeking:

- Donations of upright pianos

- Artists to volunteer time and talent to paint a piano at the historic C. Cowles Co. factory building located at 83 Water St., New Haven the week of June 17

- Volunteers to sand and prime the pianos

Anyone who is interesting helping should email FreeKeysCT@Gmail.com.

Then, starting on International Make Music Day, (or Fête de la Musique) June 21, the 13 pianos, placed in public, outdoor spaces in New Haven, Branford, Guilford, and Madison, will become the Free Keys CT Piano Trail, the release said.

The public will be able to view the pianos and meet the artists at an open house on at 11 a.m. June 20, presented in collaboration with the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. The pianos will be placed at their sites in New Haven, Branford, Guilford, and Madison beginning on June 21 and will remain in place until the end of the summer.

“The Free Keys CT Piano Trail is an expansion of the Free Keys CT Project, which was presented in the Summer of 2018 by the Friki Tiki in the shoreline Connecticut towns of Branford, Guilford, and Madison,” the release said. “Free Keys was founded and supported by Carly Callahan, Greg Nobile and The Friki Tiki.”

For more about the Free Keys CT Piano Trail, including piano site announcements and NHSO concert dates, visit Facebook.com/FreeKeysCT and Instagram @FreeKeysCT.

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The 2019 Free Keys CT Piano Trail receives support from the Could Be Fund, the Friki Tiki, the Shops at Yale, and U-Haul.

Connecticut Media Group