Sergei Wright, of Mission Hill, has been playing the piano for 10 years. He started playing when he was 16 years old.
Wright said he knows the area of Mission Hill and Brigham Circle and he tries to stop by to play the piano at least once a day.
Anish learned classical music when he commenced learning piano. Once he reached high school, however, he said he strayed from classical music and focused on pop music. “The beautifulness of piano that it gives so many songs today is what keeps me playing.”
J.C. Howard, of Boston, was walking through Brigham Circle with his two children when he was stopped by their attraction to the piano. Here he is showing his daughter what he is playing.
Kristy Liao stopped by the street piano outside of the Museum of Fine Arts as she left the museum.
“I saw so many people playing it and it was interesting,” she said. Liao is from south China, but on Monday she was visiting from New York where she goes to school at Queens College (Queens, N.Y.) “Playing piano makes me happy. Whenever I feel bad, playing piano can release my emotions.”
“When I am playing, I am in another world; I forget about everything that bothers me,” said Wright after he played to passerby in Brigham Circle, some applauding when he would rest for a couple of seconds. “Thank you,” he would say, smiling.
Sixty pianos adorned the streets of Boston for two weeks until today as a part of the “Play Me, I’m Yours” global artwork project, presented by Celebrity Series of Boston.
“Boston is one of the coldest cities in the world, it is so segregated, but things like the street pianos bring people together,” said Eric Lepovetsky, of Mission Hill (Boston).
Lepovetsky sat by the piano in Brigham Circle, across the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority train stop, for hours and encouraged people to play the piano. He applauded whenever someone finished playing.
“It is so cool. One minute you can be talking to a student, the next a lawyer. This brings people out and together,” he said.
As people would walk by the Brigham Circle and MFA pianos, some would press a couple of keys and smile while others would sit down and play for several minutes.
“At first my mom really wanted me to play classical music. It was her dream through me,” said Anish, 17, of Walpole, Mass., after he played while his dad recorded a video of him from the side. “The love for current music made me want to keep playing piano. It’s just so appealing to me. The beautifulness of piano that it gives so many songs today is what keeps me playing.”
Today marked the last day of this year’s installment of the street pianos. The program was first launched in 2013, according to its website.
“I come here at least once a day just to play,” said Sergei Wright, of Mission Hill. “I love it. When I’m playing I’m in another world; I forget about everything that bothers me.”