Boston schools HQ shows off new piano — a gift from Barry Manilow
It’s no Copacabana, but the Boston public schools headquarters building in Dudley Square is perfectly suited for a brand new piano given as a gift by pop superstar Barry Manilow.
The Yamaha P22 upright piano will serve as a centerpiece for the lobby of the newly renovated administrative offices in the Bolling Municipal Building, where the plan is to host community events and invite students to perform on the instrument.
The piano was donated by The Manilow Music Project, a foundation that provides instruments to middle and high school students across the United States and Canada.
“I know firsthand how invaluable music education is,” Manilow said in a statement. “It is a privilege for me to help bring the gift of music to these kids.”
Manilow donated the piano to kick off an instrument drive he hosted for Boston public schools during his stop at the TD Garden on his One Last Time! tour earlier this year.
For each city on his tour, Manilow offers a pair of free show tickets to anyone who donates a new or gently used instrument to the The Manilow Music Project. The instruments are then given to city schools.
Boston public schools also received about a half-dozen other instruments through the drive, along with the piano, according to Boston public schools spokesman Richard Weir.
“It gives us opportunities at Bolling to have an ongoing display of the work that our students are doing at our school,” said Myran Parker-Brass, executive director for the arts for Boston public schools.
Parker-Brass said administrators are excited to showcase student talent to visitors and plan to invite groups to perform in the lobby every Friday in December. Plans for a holiday concert are also in the works.
Aside from that, Parker-Brass said visitors will be able to sit down at the piano, or listen to others play.
“It’s just nice to have that creative opportunity in the building,” Parker-Brass said.