“Ekphrasis,” being painted and prepped as the first baby grand piano installed in a public place by the Play Me Again Pianos nonprofit, is to debut Aug. 24 in Alpharetta. PLAY ME AGAIN PIANOS

Alpharetta to debut baby grand ‘neighborhood piano’

Play Me Again Pianos, the nonprofit organization that’s been installing pianos in public places around metro Atlanta, announced plans to debut its fifth instrument in Alpharetta – and its first-ever baby grand.

The piano, “Ekphrasis,” will be introduced at a ribbon-cutting ceremony set for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Alpharetta Arts Center, 238 Canton St. Information: www.PlayMeAgainPianos.org

Ekphrasis joins four other “neighborhood pianos” in the city: Flannery at Cogburn Road Park, Oscar at Rock Mill Park, Morgan at the Wills Park Equestrian Center, and Barry at Webb Bridge Park.

The instrument had been donated to Alpharetta by Sam Bennett of PianoWorks in Duluth. The city gave the piano to Play Me Again for the public installation.

Artist Deanna Sirlin has been mentoring six participants of the Alpharetta Cultural Services High School Apprenticeship Program in designing and painting the piano. They are Kayla Barbee, Cole Gabriel, Thea Genet, Ellie Hegwood, Aaila Khan and Kaia Lee.

“We’re proud to continue our amazingly successful partnership with this 22nd piano in the Play Me Again Pianos family, and our very first public baby grand piano,” said Jason Brett, co-founder of Play Me Again Pianos. “It’s a beautiful design, and we can’t wait to hear the music the community creates here.”

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