Make Music Chicago 2012: A Guide to Chicago's Free One Day Citywide Musical Festival.

Make Music Chicago 2012: A Guide to Chicago's Free One Day Citywide Musical Festival.
The Hamburglars perform at The John Hancock Center at Make Music Chicago 2011.

Welcome in the first day of summer 2012 with a smorgasbord of music from CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti to talented amateur performers.

CHICAGO, Monday, June 18, 2012. Make Music Chicago, the completely free one-day music festival presented by Rush Hour Concerts, is back for 2012 with 700 performers at 75 sites kicking off at 6:00a.m. this Thursday, June 21, 2012.

The fest features people of all ages, music of all genres, and amateurs, professionals, and marquee artists performing throughout the day in Chicago’s public spaces--engaging in spontaneous music making.

Last year, in its inaugural year, the festival reached out to over 10,000 people at 35 sites. This year's Make Music Chicago is expected to create an even louder noise with more music and larger crowds.

Highlights for Make Music Chicago 2012 include:

A free open rehearsal with CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti. 10a.m. to 12:30p.m., Orchestra Hall of Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Avenue. The program will include Anton Bruckner’s rich and expressive Symphony No. 6.  Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance by calling the CSO Box Office at 312 294 3000.  Space is limited.

Other Highlights:

Vexations by Erik Satie, performed in tandem with cities around the world. 6a.m. New Music School of Chicago, 310 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago area percussionists perform Eric Satie’s Vexations simultaneously with players from other cities around the world.  A live video feed will be connected to performances happening in Paris and New York.

“Peter and the Wolf” performed by Quintet Attacca. 10;45a.m. to 11:30a.m. Lincoln Park Zoo, Kovler Sea Lion Pool, Cannon Dr. and Fullerton Pkwy.  Quintet Attacca presents a new version of "Peter and the Wolf," the beloved children's classic, at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Kovler Sea Lion Pool with narration by Mark George, president of the Music Institute of Chicago.  A perfect event for the whole family, this performance takes place right after the seal feeding at 10:30.

“Sousapalooza” and “Opera & Show Tunes Sing-Along.” Noon to 1:30p.m. Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St. Two lunchtime events return from last year, the “Sousapalooza” (noon to 12:45p.m.) and an “Opera & Show Tunes Sing-Along” (12:45p.m. to 1:30p.m.).   Richard Fischer, Director of Bands at Concordia University-Chicago, leads any and all eager “Sousapalooza” participants through some of the most beloved marches of John Philip Sousa, then opera and chorus fans will gather to sing beloved American musical favorites such as “Summertime” from Porgy & Bess, “I Could Have Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady, “Oklahoma” from Oklahoma, and others.

“Swell” by a.pe.ri.do.ic in concert with Lake Michigan. 7p.m. to 8p.m. Oak Street Beach, 1001 N. Lake Shore Dr. Listen to the waves of Lake Michigan alongside the dynamic swells of live instruments as local new music ensemble a.pe.ri.od.ic performs Swell Piece by James Tenney on Chicago’s beachfront.

Make Music Chicago Grand Finale. 6p.m. to 9p.m. St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron St. An evening of performances in the historic St. James Cathedral caps the day as audiences are welcome to come and go or stay for the entire event.
•    6 – 6:30 PM:  Third Coast Percussion with the Davis Square Community Park Band.
•    6:30 – 7 PM:  Singers from the Ryan Opera Center of Lyric Opera Chicago.
•    7 – 7:30 PM:  Jason Seed Stringtet.
•    7:30 – 8 PM:  Acoustic duo Jamie O’Reilly (vocalist) and Peter Swenson (guitar).
•    8 – 8:30 PM:  Providence St. Mel Choir.
•    8:30 – 9 PM:  Massive group performance of Robert Johnson’s “Sweet Home Chicago”.

Redmoon Theater’s “Celebration Vehicle”. 9p.m. to 9:15p.m. Outside of St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron St.   As a dramatic coda to the day’s festivities, Redmoon Theater will present a spectacular performance of The Celebration Vehicle, a mobile opera-fire concert built onto a Mazda Rx-7 chassis and featuring a “fire organ,” DJ station, huge gramophone horn on a hydraulic lift, and an opera singer perched on an elevated platform.  Synchronized to the musical stylings of a live DJ and an opera singer, the “fire organ” shoots columns of fire twenty feet into the air.

Full Schedule of Activities.

For a full schedule of performances go to Make Music Chicago.

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Tags: Make Music Chicago, Riccardo Muti.

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