LAX Celebrates World Music Day by Debuting Two Baby Grand Pianos for Passengers to Play
06/21/2019 03:06 PM
The new pianos are in Terminal 7 and the Terminal 4 Connector at LAX.
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June 21, 2019
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LAX CELEBRATES WORLD MUSIC DAY BY DEBUTING TWO BABY GRAND PIANOS FOR PASSENGERS TO PLAY
Employees from LAX, United Airlines and the Transportation Security Administration celebrated World Music Day in Terminal 7.
(Los Angeles, CA) In honor of World Music Day, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) held a musical celebration, "LAX Songs in the Key of Flight," in Terminal 7. As part of the event, airport officials also debuted two new Kawai G-40EP manual and self-playing baby grand pianos located in the Terminal 4 connector and on the Upper Level of Terminal 7.
Using the Terminal 7 piano as the centerpiece of the event, employees from Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and United Airlines, as well as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Chorus, performed piano and vocal selections during the program.
“Music is a universal language, and our mission at LAWA is to serve the world – connecting people, places and cultures,” said Barbara Yamamoto, Chief Experience Officer, LAWA. "By adding pianos to Terminals 4 and 7, we are creating opportunities for our guests to be part of the airport experience, whether they are showcasing their own talent or listening to others share their musical gift. No matter your level of experience, we hope you'll take a moment to stop and enjoy – or play – the music."
At the LAX Songs in the Key of Flight event, one of the featured performers was Alan Peck, a procurement analyst at LAWA. Originally, from Washington, D.C., Peck has worked at LAWA for two decades, and he’s played piano for 50 years. He also plays the piano at his church and enjoys performing gospel, rhythm and blues and ballads. Peck played "Killing Me Softly with His Song" by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel during today’s musical program.
“Music is an important part of my life," Peck said. "I have always enjoyed playing the piano to entertain, uplift and inspire others, and I am pleased to have had the opportunity to perform at today’s celebration not only to commemorate World Music Day but also to celebrate the addition of beautiful musical spaces at LAX.”
United Airlines customer service representative Jennifer Brown also performed a piano medley featuring, "Prelude No. 4 in F Major" by Robert D. Vandall and the original composition "Your Love" during the event. She has worked for United at LAX for six years.
The grand finale featured the TSA Chorus, led by Jamelle Jones. The chorus performed three selections including "Change the World" by Gordon Kennedy, Tommy Sims and Wayne Kirkpatrick, "God Bless the U.S.A." by Lee Greenwood and "What a Wonderful World" by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss.
To keep the celebration of the new pianos going, LAX has also launched a #LAXSongsintheKeyofFlight social media campaign on Instagram. Guests are encouraged to play the pianos in Terminal 7 and the Terminal 4 Connector and post their video clips on Instagram by tagging @flylaxairport with #LAXSongsintheKeyofFlight.
LAWA procurement analyst Alan Peck performed "Killing Me Softly With His Song" during the event in Terminal 7.
The TSA Chorus performed three selections for the crowd in Terminal 7 including
"God Bless the U.S.A."
United Airlines employee Jennifer Brown performed a piano medley featuring an original composition called, "Your Love."
About Los Angeles World Airports
LAX, the fourth-busiest airport in the world and second busiest in the United States, was named a top-10 U.S. airport by SKYTRAX. LAX served more than 87.5 million passengers in 2018 and offers an average of 700 daily nonstop flights to 109 cities in the U.S. and 1,281 weekly nonstop flights to 93 markets in 47 countries on 69 commercial airlines. LAX ranks 10th in the world in air cargo tonnage processed, with more than 2.4 million tons of air cargo. LAX handled 707,883 operations (landings and takeoffs) in 2018.
LAX generated 620,600 jobs in Southern California, with labor income of $37.3 billion and economic output (business revenues) of more than $126.6 billion, according to an economic study based on 2014 operations. This activity added $6.2 billion to local and state revenues and $8.7 billion in federal tax revenues. The study also reported that LAX’s ongoing capital improvement program creates an additional 121,640 annual jobs with labor income of $7.6 billion and economic output of $20.3 billion; $966 million in state and local taxes; and $1.6 billion in federal tax revenues.
LAX was honored as having the “Best Overall Customer Service Program” by Airports Council International-North America; named the “Best Airport for Breastfeeding Moms” by Mamava; selected for the Top 10 “Best of the U.S.’s Big Airports” (Wall Street Journal) and “Most Pet-Friendly Airports in the U.S. (Mental Floss); named the second-most improved airport in the U.S. by JD Power; received an “Innovation Award” from the L.A. Better Business Challenge for its Central Utility Plant; and named a “Business Leader in Air Quality” by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
LAX is also the second-most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram, according to wego.com. LAX is part of a system of two Southern California airports – along with Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund.