Mayor Sarno, students played piano for downtown Springfield crowd

Mayor took piano lesson from Community Music School's Sofya Shainskaya

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Ever since the Springfield Cultural Council placed three pianos throughout downtown Springfield, musicians have been performing lunchtime concerts every Wednesday afternoon.

This Wednesday was no exception, but passersby might have done a double take when they saw Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno behind the piano at 1350 Main Street.

According to a news release sent to 22News by the mayor’s office, Sarno had previously sponsored an hour of lunchtime music, causing an anonymous donor to sponsor another hour of music on one condition: the mayor had to be on the keys!

As a result, Sarno took a piano lesson by Community Music School of Springfield’s Sofya Shainskaya Wednesday afternoon.

The mayor was not the only one learning and performing. Students and their teachers at the Community Music School all played for the lunch crowd downtown.

Thirteen year-old Isaiah Stovall hopes to play music professionally.

“It’s pretty exciting I get to play in bands like this,” Stovall said. “It’s pretty exciting having a life of creativity, you know.”