When the first day of Chicago's long anticipated summer finally arrives on June 21st, it occurs on a Friday which will make the celebration of its coming even sweeter.
So get ready to "Make Music" at the 3rd Annual Make Music Chicago--a free musical celebration across the city that features people of all ages and backgrounds – beginners, amateurs, professionals and marquee artists performing in Chicago’s public places and spaces.
Make Music Chicago is part of a musical celebration that takes place in over 500 cities around the world. The event known worldwide as Fête de la Musique began in France in the early 1980s when Maurice Fleuret, Director of Music and Dance for France, saw a study on five million French people that found one child out of every two, played a musical instrument.
It didn't take long for Fleuret to devise a way to celebrate this finding. Thus the Fête de la Musique debuted in France on June 21, 1982, the day of summer solstice. Since then, Fête de la Musique has been an annual celebration in France and a growing number of large cities around the globe.
This year, in Chicago, over 25 sites will host music events, including Daley Plaza, the Driehaus Museum, The Poetry Foundation, Midway Plaisance, Lincoln Park Zoo, Old Town School of Folk Music, Roosevelt University and more.
The Grand Finale takes place in the historic St. James Cathedral (65 E. Huron Street at Wabash) in River North, followed by an outdoor street party at the St. James Commons.
Here is the Schedule for Make Music Chicago 2013
Play the Plaza
Make Music Chicago invites anyone and everyone to Play the Plaza, beginning in the morning at Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington Street).
- Rise and Shine Orchestra: 10 – 10:45 a.m. Lloyd Palmiter of Quinlan & Fabish Music Company leads musicians through vibrant orchestral music (rehearsal begins at 9:00 am).
- Broadway and Opera Sing-Along: 11 – 11: 45 a.m. Bill Chin, Artistic Director of the Oriana Singers, leads Broadway and opera fans in favorite tunes.
- Sousapalooza: 12 – 12:45 p.m. Richard Fischer, Director of Bands at Concordia University-Chicago, leads classic marches of John Philip Sousa.
Nichols Hall Evanston (1490 Chicago Ave.)
- Nichols Hall at Music Institute of Chicago in Evanston: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Performances by Newberry Consort, Music Institute of Chicago, Opera Moda, International Chamber Artists, New Budapest Orpheum Society and Apollo Chorus.
PianoForte (Fine Arts Building, Studio 825, 408 S. Michigan)
1 – 3 p.m. Performances by George LePauw, Marcia Bosits, Sylvia Wang, Isabelle Olivier, Matthew Hagle, and Alex Djordjevic.
Logan Center (University of Chicago, 915 E. 60th St.) 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Performances by Fulcrum Point New Music Project featuring Kuang-Hao Huang, Avalon String Quartet, Orion Ensemble, Cavatina Duo and CUBE Ensemble.
Make Music Chicago includes multiple Family Concerts throughout the day:
Lincoln Park Zoo (2001 N. Clark Street)
- Quintet Attacca with Mark George, “Peter and the Wolf”: 10:30 am – 11:15 a.m.
- “SuZOOki” kids play-along: 11:30 am – 12:00 p.m.
- Chinese Fine Arts Society Young Artists: 12:15 pm – 1:00 p.m.
The Make Music Chicago Organ Crawl features midday performances on the organs of three historic churches:
- St. Chrysostom Episcopal Church (1424 N. Dearborn Street): 11:10 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Performance by Richard Hoskins.
- Fourth Presbyterian Church (126 E. Chestnut Street): 12:10 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Performance by Julie Vidrick Evans
- St. James Cathedral: 1:20 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Performance by David Jonies.
More Music Throughout the Day
Make Music Chicago events take place throughout the day at these Tishman Speyer properties
• 10 & 20 S. Wacker Drive
• 161 N. Clark Street
• 222 N. LaSalle Street
• 30 N. LaSalle Street
• 353 N. Clark Street
• 525 W. Monroe Street
• 227 W. Monroe Street
• 1 N. Franklin Street
Additional Sites Hosting Music:
• Midway Plaisance, 731 E. 60th Street
• Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd Street
• Diehaus Museum, 40 E. Erie Street
• The Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior Street
• Joan’s Music Studio, 1438 E. 57th Street
• International House (2 – 8 pm), 1414 E. 59th Street
• Resurrection Project Plaza, 1818 S. Paulina Street
• Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue
• Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Avenue
• Chant Restaurant (starting at 9 pm), 1509 E. 53rd Street
Grand Finale (65 E. Huron Street)
The day’s events close with the Grand Finale, including a free two-hour concert event as part of the Rush Hour Concerts Summer Concert Series from 5 – 7 pm, at St. James Cathedral, featuring (in order of appearance, subject to change):
- A trumpet fanfare by Chicago Symphony Orchestra trumpeters Chris Martin and Tage Larsen.
- Spektral Quartet performing Verdi’s String Quartet in E Minor.
- Singers from the Ryan Opera Center of Lyric Opera Chicago performing selections from Carousel, The Marriage of Figaro and Dido and Aeneas.
- Janet Sung (violin) and Kuang-Hao Huang (piano) performing Poulenc’s Sonata for Violin and Piano.
- Fifth House Ensemble with participants in the 2013 fresh inc festival.
- Quintet Attacca performing the music of Paquito D'Rivera, Arturo Marquez and Astor Piazzolla.
- Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet.
- David Schrader’s improvisations on organ.
Make Music Chicago Street Party
The Grand Finale continues outdoors in the new St. James Commons on Wabash at Huron from 7 – 9 pm for the Make Music Chicago Street Party, featuring family programming and international music on three stages. Renowned harmonica performer and teacher Joe Filisko leads an all-ages Harmonica Jam with harmonicas generously donated by Hohner, Inc. A variety of food trucks will also be on hand.
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