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February 2, 2015

Pianos in the City, right at SickKids

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) will play a key role in the launch of a piano festival to be celebrated at five Toronto landmarks.

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s RBC Piano Extravaganza runs Feb. 4-14. It kicks off with “Pianos in the City” on Wed. Feb. 4 when Steinway pianos will be placed at the CBC Atrium, RBC Plaza, City Hall Rotunda, SickKids and Union Station between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (except for City Hall at 12:30 p.m.to 1:30 p.m.) People are invited to play the pianos, and GRAMMY® Award-winning pianist Emanuel Ax will stop in at each venue for a brief performance.

The event marks the debut of the TSO’s new New York Steinway grand piano.

The festival features an array of concerts and activities for all ages and interests. In a special program for young audiences, Pianorama at Roy Thomson Hall on Feb. 7, Music Director Peter Oundjian and a number of young pianists will share the podium to perform Saint-Saëns’s playful piece “The Carnival of the Animals” and other selections.

See TSO.CA/Piano

In addition to the Pianos in the City launch event on February 4, free events include a lunchtime concert featuring opera transcriptions for piano at the Four Seasons Centre (Feb 5); a piano marathon at Koerner Hall (Feb 8); a master class led by Emanuel Ax at The Royal Conservatory of Music (Feb 13); and a chance for piano students to play the TSO’s new New York Steinway grand piano on stage at Roy Thomson Hall (Feb 14).