Pianos in Parks rolls out across Kelowna despite mid-June downpour – Kelowna News

Even a heavy downpour couldn’t dampen the excitement as Pianos in Parks returned to Kelowna strong for the first time since the pandemic began.

The 2022 season sees seven pianos placed in high foot traffic areas and other important community locations, for everyone to play and listen to, by mid-September.

“After 2 years of calm and caution during the pandemic, we are thrilled to once again place beautiful pianos in our city,” confirms Renata Mills, General Manager. “As in the 7th year of the program, we are very grateful to not only announce new artists creating musical artwork, but also to welcome Wentworth Music as a new presenting sponsor. A longtime supporter of Pianos in Parks, Wentworth Music stepped up even more this year to ensure the program would return to its full glory, thanks to Nori Wentworth and her team.

One of the instruments was rolled out along the waterfront promenade in Stuart Park on Monday, with the help of Elmer Epp of Okanagan Piano Services, who keeps the pianos in tune and has been involved with the program since its inception.

“This one is directed by Jaide Bateman of the UBCO Fine Arts program,” said project coordinator Saturday Sazaran. “And she will also be at Arts on the Avenue selling prints of her work in the market there.”

The other artists of 2022 are Kimberly Brayman, Sara Richardson, Emmah Farrell and Sazaran.

You’ll find art and music installations in downtown Kelowna, throughout the Cultural District, and in downtown Rutland, and there’s even one in Kelowna’s Memorial Park Cemetery.

“We will have a map on our festivalskelowna.com website, but otherwise we definitely encourage people to go out and look for them on their own,” adds Sazaran.

The program began in 2015 as a way for Festivals Kelowna to enliven outdoor public spaces through arts and culture.

In addition to Wentworth Music as presenting sponsor, the program is supported by local organizations called “Piano Ambassadors” who not only contribute to the financial cost of the pianos, but also monitor their condition. Festivals Kelowna once again welcomes the Rotary Center for the Arts, Downtown Kelowna Association, Uptown Rutland Association, City of Kelowna and Kiwanis Club of the Central Okanagan as partners.

Images of pianos from this year and previous years are available on FestivalsKelowna.com.