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Have You Seen This? Piano Guys control 500K Christmas lights with 88 piano keys

By Mary Dalrymple, KSL.com  |  Posted Dec 19th, 2017 @ 2:00pm


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SANDY — Local musicians The Piano Guys are known and well-loved not only for their beautiful musical renditions but also for their dramatic and exciting videos.

And this Christmas, they've released a video that may be their most exciting yet.

In the video, Jon Schmidt from The Piano Guys plays the Christmas hit "I Saw Three Ships" on a piano in the middle of a dark street in Sandy. Not only is his piano covered with lights, but each of the instrument's 88 keys is connected to a set of colorful Christmas lights on houses on the street. As Schmidt plays, the houses light up in sync with the song, and the result is a spectacular and festive musical light show.

"'I Saw Three Ships' is one of my very favorite pieces to play on the piano," Schmidt wrote about the song. "It is just pure fun. Arranged over 20 years ago, it still stands as the arrangement that was the hardest for me to finish. It was a 6-month process to get the arrangement to finally feel right."

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Schmidt's hard work definitely paid off, as you can hear in the video. And according to The Piano Guys' website, the video was filmed in the middle of the night with 500,000 lights, and yes, the piano was actually being played. Apparently, even the police showed up.

"We’d like to thank them for their kindness and mercy," The Piano Guys wrote in response to the police presence at their video shoot. "No pianists were harmed or jailed in the making of this video … yet."

Enjoy the video, and if you'd like to see the light show in person, you can find the location on our Annual Holiday Lights Map.

Mary Dalrymple, KSL.com
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