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'Pianos in the Parks' returns to Chicago until Aug. 1

'Pianos in the Parks' returns to Chicago until Aug. 1


Macbeth Harris, an instructor at Aspire Charter Academy's Visual and Performing Arts program, works with student Desyire Garza, 8, during a piano class Saturday at the academy. Kim Mazelle, who has lived in London for the past 25 years, attended Gary public schools and is a graduate of Columbia College in Chicago. The singer-songwriter was designated as “The First Lady of House Music“ of London, England. For the past 20 years, she has been a professional artist throughout Europe and the United Kingdom, and currently is serving as Aspire Charter Academy’s Artist-in-Residence from November 2017 through January 2018 while taking a break from her professional tours and visiting with family in Gary.

CHICAGO — Pianos are returning to Chicago's parks.

The "Pianos in the Parks " program to inspire neighborhoods to make music will run until Aug. 1.

The pianos will be available for free at Buttercup Park, Jackson Park, Washington Square Park, McKinley Park and Mozart Park. A sixth "piano on tour" will visit various parks during July.

Tarps will cover the instruments to allow them to remain outdoors through all weather conditions. Visitors are encouraged to play, decorate and have programs around the pianos.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the Chicago Park District is sponsoring the program along with the International Music Foundation, Make Music Chicago, Keys 4/4 Kids and the Chicago Public Library.

Those interested in the touring piano can learn about its schedule from signs at local parks and social media updates.

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