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“Play Me” Piano Takes Stage at STL for Passer-by Performances

Posted on April 02, 2019 in Art Media Releases

Mark Haynes of East St. Louis took time to play a few tunes at the new "Play Me" Piano in Terminal 1.

St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) has adopted a “Play Me” piano to encourage volunteer and impromptu performances for the public as part of the Lambert Art & Culture Program. The grand piano now takes stage, literally, in front of the Aero event space in the lower level of Terminal 1 across from Starbucks and The Pasta House. It’s open to anyone who has the chops to sit down and play a tune or two.

“This is just a fun way to introduce another slice of art and performance at the Airport,” said STL Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “We have passengers and even employees who love to play for our passengers and visitors. And we’ll likely add professional performances from time to time as well.”

The piano is courtesy of HMSHost, the master food and beverage concessionaire at STL. It was relocated from a Terminal 1 restaurant. Its new location has a higher profile in the lower level with folks dining and passengers making their way to the concourse checkpoints. The piano can also be heard on the Ticketing Level through an atrium space directly over the Aero stage.

The Lambert Art & Culture Program is led by the seven-member Airport Art Advisory Committee. Current members are Lisa Cakmak, Associate Curator of Ancient Art at Saint Louis Art Museum; Ellen Gale, Executive Director Clayton Chamber of Commerce; Shelley Hagen; Leslie Markle, Curator of Public Art, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum; Kiku Obata, Founding Principal of Kiku Obata & Co.; Roseann Weiss, consultant with ART+; and design artist and illustrator Carlos Zamora. 

The Lambert Art and Culture Program builds upon the culturally rich legacy of St. Louis Lambert International Airport. Our mission is to elevate the visitor experience and uplift regional pride through the presentation of artwork created by local, national, and international artists. For more information on the program, visit