Outdoor Piano Concert @ SF Palace of Fine Arts

A first-of-its-kind outdoor piano concert (that aims to turn into a concert series), in one of the most attractive landmarks of San Francisco, the Palace of Fine Arts.

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This is a free cultural event, open to the public.

There are three objectives:
1. Bring access to free, live piano concerts to the San Francisco public, during the COVID-19 pandemic, in a safe, outdoor environment. 
2. Celebrate the union between classical piano music, and the architecture of the Palace of Fine Arts. While most outdoor concerts risks the danger of sound being lost to the surroundings, the open rotunda at the Palace of Fine Arts helps reflect the acoustics. It should be recognized as an optimal choice for outdoor concert venues, especially for acoustic, non-amplified instruments. 
3. This concert will be recorded with a high quality production level, and the recording will be marketed and distributed on multiple platforms. This helps support the culture of piano performance in the Bay Area, by expanding the reach of classical piano music - from conventional concert halls, to unconventional venues in daily lives. 

Covid-19 public health mandates
Since this is a concert held in a public space, all personals on site- crew, audience, observers - must wear face coverings at all times, and maintain a social distance of 6 feet. The concert will be held on a weekday to avoid the large crowds over the weekend. The film permit allows us to do crowd control, anyone not following the rules will be reminded. The ideal maximum amount of audience or passer-by will be capped at 30 people. An Eventbrite RSVP page will be used to estimate the size of our crowd, once the quota is reached, we recommend those who could not sign up to stay at home. Audience members will also be advised to not stay longer than 45 minutes, so it gives others a chance to enjoy the music as well. 
In the case of having more than one performer in the concert, a crew member will fully sanitize the keyboard, fall board, music stand, the two sides of the piano, and the piano bench, in between every performer. In the case of having more than one concert within the day, the public will be able RSVP for different concerts throughout the day, to maximize availability/audience capacity. 

Budget Breakdown
$1200 - Cost for moving piano to and from site. The pianist is providing her instrument, a 7.25 ft Bechstein grand piano, weighing 850 lbs. The piano movers need to go through 10 steps of stairs at the pianist's residence, and 1 minute walk from the unloading zone to the Palace's open rotunda.
$303 - Film permit fee towards the SF Parks and Recreations Department, allowing one day of shooting on a weekday plus crowd control. 
$1200 - Cost for film crew and production  
$200 - Cost for piano technician
$400 - Artist fee
Any funding raised beyond our goal, will go towards the cost of future concerts at the Palace of Fine Arts. 


A small thank you ahead...
2020 has been a long year. While San Francisco is leading the rest of the country in their COVID-19 response, thanks to the diligence and awareness of SF residents, we miss the cultural life. Both the artists and the audience have missed live performances - while streaming online concert is the next best thing we have, the pianists would love to get out there and connect with the public, mask to mask!
I see in this pandemic, a need for cultural events that that imposes low public health risks. Since my first visit to Palace of Fine Arts at the age of 10, I have always had a vision: a beautiful grand piano sitting under the open rotunda, serenading passersby with music, while they feel rays of sunlight and breezes of wind in their hair.
The challenge has always been the transportation of the piano instrument; which has made outdoor piano performances a rare treat. In the coming true of my vision, I will be able to give back to the city of San Francisco an option to attend a safe and live piano performance, while the concert recordings continues to promote the support for public outdoor piano performances around the Bay Area. 

Any amount helps! Please spread the message to your friends and family. 
For more info on the artist, please visit www.tinyiwong.com

Donations

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  • Tyler Groshong 
    • $45 
    • 1 d
  • Jonas Wright 
    • $50 
    • 10 d
  • Yolanda Chung 
    • $200 
    • 11 d
  • bc Wong 
    • $100 
    • 11 d
  • Lukáš Janata 
    • $100 
    • 11 d
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Organizer

Tin Yi Wong 
Organizer
San Francisco, CA

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