Make Music Day 2017 Returns To Over 50 Cities On June 21
Sure, there are annual global celebrations, but there isn’t quite like anything like Make Music Day. Creatives, musicians and people from all walks of life come to participate in the more than 4,000 free, outdoor concerts, music lessons and jam sessions across the U.S.
Returning this year on Wednesday, June 21, the all-day musical celebration will bring all ages, all sexes, all backgrounds and skill levels together to make innovative music and sounds. Cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Nashville and Pittsburgh—to name a few—will have their own festivities to ensure that everyone around the country can jam out.
It’ll be a sincere jamboree as bucket drummers to ukulele strummers to opera singers will flood the streets, parks, plazas, porches and other public spaces to share their sounds with friends, neighbors and strangers. Highlights include the Sousapaloozas, which encourage brass and wind musicians to play the music of John Philip Sousa and Mass Appeals where DJs and producers will engage passersby.
Make Music Day began in France in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique and has since grown to include more than 750 cities across 120 countries. Presented by the nonprofit Make Music Alliance, this is certainly one for audiophiles and musicians to be at.
All Make Music Day events are free and open to the public. Participants who wish to perform, or to host musical events, may register at MakeMusicDay.org. A full schedule of events will be posted on the website in early June.
Below, here are some of the other events going on for Make Music Day:
Ella Fitzgerald Piano Bar – In New York City and Los Angeles, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Ella Fitzgerald’s birth and presented with support from the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation, a piano will be transported on a pickup truck to multiple locations that have deep connections to the jazz icon including the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and her old neighborhood in Beverly Hills. At each stop, members of the public will be given songbooks and invited to sing their favorite Ella song with live piano accompaniment.
Boomwhackers – In an “MP3 Experiment” produced by Improv Everywhere, over 3,000 participants in New York’s Battery Park will download an MP3 track that provides a kind of narrated adventure experience featuring Boomwhackers, which are colorful plastic tubes. By following the narration on the MP3, they will make music together by hitting the Boomwhackers against nearby objects. Ten other cities will also stage excerpts of this MP3 Experiment.
The Gauntlet – Choirs in New York City, Chicago and Providence (RI) will perform composer Sxip Shirey’s 2016 piece, where two rows of 30 singers engage in a musical dialogue as audience members immerse themselves by walking, at their own pace, through the rows of paired singers.
Lift Every Voice: Musicians Rising For Racial Justice – Performances of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” and George Walker’s “Lyric for Strings” will be held in Boston, Chicago and Cleveland.
Young Composers Contest – In celebration of Make Music Day, the software company MakeMusic Inc. and the nonprofit American Composers Forum are hosting a composition contest for young composers aged 13-21. Three judges – including Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon – will select one piece for wind band to be premiered in select cities on Make Music Day.
WTC @ WTC – In the spirit of contemplation evoked through the repertoire and the setting, four grand pianos at the four corners of the World Trade Center Memorial Plaza will stage performances of music from J.S. Bach’s “Well Tempered Clavier” by a rotating cast of professionals and students.