TriMet tuning up for Portland Piano Day performances


TriMet hosting one of six performance venues

Music will fill the air on March 29, 2018, including at TriMet’s recently renovated Washington Park MAX Station, when Portland Piano International celebrates Piano Day. Local artists will join pianists around the world as they pay homage to the piano. TriMet’s Washington Park MAX Station is one of six sites around the metro area where pianists will be tickling the ivories as part of the annual fundraiser that spreads awareness and raises money for programs that further piano performance and teaching in Oregon.

The piano keys are black and white but they sound like a million colors in your mind.” 

–Author Maria Cristina Mena

Musicians at Washington Park MAX Station will be on stage from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  MAX riders are encouraged to pause and enjoy the performances, which also will be streamed live online and watched around the globe. This year’s field of talent includes TriMet Operations Analyst JB Burho, Portland Police Sergeant Jim Quackenbush, and a 7-year-old pianist who’ll play the entire hour from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Last year, Quackenbush joined Pink Martini founder Thomas Lauderdale, a Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Famer, and a 9 year old pianist on stage.

About Piano Day

Piano Day began three years ago as an international celebration of the instrument through public performance. The date chosen is the 88th day of the year in homage to the 88 keys on a standard piano. This year there will be more than 20 Piano Day events held around the globe.

Pianists of all ages and abilities will perform on pianos stationed at six venues around the city: Washington Park MAX Station, Portland City Hall, OHSU, Legacy Emanuel Hospital, OMSI, and Peace Health Southwest Medical Center. Performances will be free to the public.

Washington Park’s underground music scene

The Washington Park Station is the only MAX Station in the TriMet system that is located completely underground. MAX Blue and Red lines serve the platform 260 feet below the West Hills, making it the deepest transit station in North America. TriMet recently completed a $2.1 million renovation of the station featuring park-themed art, graffiti-resistant wall coatings, LED lighting and elevator lobby upgrades. See the renovation here. The Piano Day performances will take place in the east elevator lobby on the Zoo side of the station.