There’s no shortage of inspiration to be gleaned from redwood trees. Folk singer Woody Guthrie sang of the redwood forest in his beloved tribute to the American landscape, This Land Is Your Land. In Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck waxed about the forest’s cathedral hush and the “need to bow to the unquestioned sovereigns.” And in Magnum, P.I., Tom Selleck said, “Son, never throw a punch at a redwood.” Wise words, all of them.
From July 7 – 18, 2016, in the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park, Sunset Pianos planted twelve pianos as part of the “Flower Piano” series. Hundreds of musicians took their cues from San Francisco’s original giants at the piano nestled into the amphitheater of the redwood grove.
“It’s fabulous to be able to play out in the open, almost like you’re in Big Sur or Mendocino,” said pianist Mike Lee after a flawless rendition of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major. “How many times in your life do you get to play like this?”