Amtrak knows that traveling during the holidays can be stressful, so they got very creative and brought a trick piano into Union Station in Chicago. The magical grand piano seems to respond in real time to the people walking by. Watch and I guarantee it will bring a smile to your face and may even make you laugh out loud. It’s creativity at it’s best.
While some readers may be skeptical and think it’s fake, the technology used supports its validity. According to mlive.com (Michigan News) “the man you don’t see is Andrew Blendermann, a human jukebox and veteran of Chicago’s piano bar scene. What is visible is a piano positioned in Union Station in Chicago adorned with holiday decorations and a sign on each side that reads: ‘Hello.’ Hidden in a nearby room was Blendermann in front of a keyboard wired to remotely control the public piano in real time.”
I love everything about this video, created by Rob Bliss. The wrong notes in Mozart’s Rondo Alla Turca even made me chuckle, when people are running by in a hurry to catch their trains.
As a concert pianist, I wish I could play a duet with this piano. Who knows, maybe they’ll bring one to a San Francisco Bay Area station soon.
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