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Celebrity Series brings Street Pianos back to Boston

”Play Me, I’m Yours,” the touring art installation comprising dozens of public pianos, is returning to Boston.
”Play Me, I’m Yours,” the touring art installation comprising dozens of public pianos, is returning to Boston.(Robert Torres)

After drawing in more than 500,000 fans in discrete performances across the city three years ago, the city’s biggest musical act in years is making a comeback. Please give it up for . . . well, yourself.

“Play Me, I’m Yours,” the touring art installation comprising dozens of public pianos, is returning to Boston for a two-week encore starting Sept. 23, hosted by Celebrity Series of Boston. The project, conceived by British artist Luke Jerram and locally known as Street Pianos Boston when it appeared here in 2013, commissions local artists to decorate the
instruments, which are then placed everywhere from airport terminals to public squares for passersby to tickle.

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This year, Celebrity Series will present the installation as part of its “Arts for All!” community engagement program, which includes other free concerts and arts workshops around the area.

“Street Pianos Boston is a perfect fit for this program, bringing visual and performance art into the community,” Celebrity Series president and executive director Gary Dunning said in a press statement. “Street Pianos Boston proves art truly is everywhere and everyone can participate.”

Organizations looking to host a piano have until May 12 to apply (www.streetpianosboston.com), while artists looking to adorn one have until May 25. Performers, of course, don’t have to apply — but it wouldn’t hurt to start practicing now.


Joe Incollingo can be reached at joe.incollingo@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jk_inco.