World Piano Day celebrated in NYC with traveling piano, pianist’s new album

Source:Xinhua Published: 2019/3/31 17:33:40

A traveling piano placed in a transparent cargo van voyaged through New York on Friday, making stops at various locations throughout the city and inviting people to play it to mark the annual World Piano Day.

From Midtown Manhattan's Lincoln Center and Bryant Park to downtown's Union Square and Chinatown, the piano attracted passersby who happened to be amateur pianists or piano lovers to get inside the van and show off their musical talent and passion.

Many people were attracted toward the van by the piano's beautiful melodies, taking photos and cheering for the performers.

Launched by Universal Music Group, a US global music corporation, the event also celebrated the global release of Chinese pianist Lang Lang's new album Piano Book, a collection of pieces he has loved and played since childhood.

As the first new album in three years from the globally celebrated piano virtuoso, Piano Book aims to bring classical music to a global audience and spread the message that classical music is universal, according to a press release.

The traveling piano echoed Lang's ambition to share the joy of making music and inspire people from all backgrounds to fall in love with the musical instrument, as he believes that "music makes life better."

In 2015, German pianist Nils Frahm declared the 88th day of the year as the World Piano Day, as modern standard pianos have 88 keys. It has been celebrated in dozens of cities around the world over the past years.

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