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La Grange

Piano in downtown La Grange encourages impromptu concerts

LA GRANGE – The tradition of impromptu summer concerts continues as a colorful piano made its debut near the outdoor fountain by La Grange Village Hall.

An old upright piano turned into a work of art was placed there through Aug. 31 for performances by local musicians and music lovers. The piano is available for all ages, abilities and types of music. Everyone is encouraged to play.

In September, the piano will be moved to the outside of the Stone Avenue Metra station, where it will stay through the West End Arts Festival, held near there Sept. 7 and 8.

Scheduled performances on the outdoor piano when it is near the fountain include:

• 7 p.m. Aug. 15: Students from Sato Music School

• 7 p.m. Aug. 22: Adam Chlebeká

• 7 p.m. Aug. 29: Salt Creek Chamber Wind Quintet

The piano not only sparks gathering by the community, but calls attention to the vibrant art scene in La Grange and compliments the annual summer art exhibit organized by the La Grange Business Association, this year called “Fun and Games.” The exhibit features 30 hand-painted game tables displayed in front of local businesses. The art project is sponsored by the Park District of La Grange.

The piano was designed and painted by Matt Schiavone and the children of The LeaderShop, an organization that strives to empower youths to become community-minded individuals through diverse programs that build confidence, knowledge and leadership. Schiavone is a team leader at The LeaderShop and enjoys creating art when he can.

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