Best Place for an Impromptu Performance

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Sitting outside of Hunter Bay Coffee on Higgins Avenue is a piano draped in a blue cover, waiting for a passerby to find it worthy of a musical moment. For another season, this Play It Missoula! piano will join the sounds of the streets–along with a few other pianos placed around downtown–in acommunity project to showcase visual art and music. Beginning in 2014 as a partnership between the Downtown Business Improvement District and the University of Montana Keyboard Society, these pianos allow Missoulians to connect with one another and the community through each stroke of a key. Designed to enhance the culture that is Missoula, the pianos are revealed in early June as hand-painted works of art and are available to anyone to play, whether it’s Chopin’s “Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor” or “Hot Cross Buns.”

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