Sidewalk pianos tempt players in downtown Emporia

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) – Anyone itching to make a little music could head to downtown Emporia, where a dozen specially decorated pianos have been placed along several blocks of sidewalks.

KVOE radio reports  the annual “Pianos on the Pavement” event is underway in the eastern Kansas community. The event is timed to the Kansas City Symphony’s popular Symphony in the Flint Hills conert. This year’s concert will take place June 14 at Gottsch Cattle Company’s Rosalia Ranch in Butler County.

The pianos will remain on the Emporia sidewalks through the concert weekend.

“Pianos on the Pavement” organizer George Milton credits his wife, Gail, for starting Emporia’s event after seeing a similar activity in New York City several years ago.

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