Make Music Chicago celebrates the Summer Solstice with 170 free events

Make Music Chicago celebrates the Summer Solstice with 170 free events

Make Music Chicago celebrates everyone’s ability to make music.

makemusicchicago Summer is big in Chicago.

The city, arguably, offers the largest line-up of festivals, outdoor concerts and movies of any city in the country.

Although we've already been celebrating this very special time of year, the first day of summer deserves special recognition.

Make Music Chicago, a city-wide musical festival celebrating the Summer Solstice, Wednesday, June 21--returning for its seventh year-- does just this offering a day of completely free concerts and musical events around town.

Chicago joins more than 750 cities across the world celebrating free music as part of the international music holiday, Fête de la Musique, which has been held on the Summer Solstice for the past 35 years.

Everyone's invited:

Throughout the day, from sunrise to sunset, music-makers of all ages, abilities and musical tastes – amateurs and professionals alike – will gather in Chicago’s public spaces to play and sing live music of all genres with over 170 free events at 65 sites including Millennium Park’s Wrigley Square, Maggie Daley Park and Pritzker Pavilion plus Navy Pier, the Chicago Riverwalk, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago Cultural Center, the 606 Bloomingdale Trail and over 25 Chicago Park District sites and many others.

Highlights of Make Music Chicago:

A nation-wide event "Lift Every Voice: Musicians Rising For Racial Justice" organized by Boston-based Play for Justice featuring musicians from the musical Hamilton, members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and Chicago Philharmonic and more, from 11:30 am. to 6:00 pm.

Each ensemble will perform at a different location

  • Avalon Quartet - Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Ave.)
  • Chicago Philharmonic String Quartet Fourth Presbyterian Church (126 E. Chestnut St.)
  • Chicago Sinfonietta String Quartet - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (300 E. Randolph St.)
  • Civic Orchestra of Chicago String Quartet - St. James Cathedral (65 E. Huron St.)
  • Fulcrum Point New Music Project String Quartet - DePaul Concert Hall (800 W. Belden Ave.)
  • Volta String Quartet - International House (1414 E. 59th St.)
  • String Quartet from the musical HamiltonS.E. corner of Madison & Dearborn
  • KAIA Quartet - WFMT FM Studios (5400 St. Louis Ave. and broadcast live on 98.7WFMT)
  • Merit School of Music String Quartet - Lincoln Park Zoo (2001 N. Clark St.)
  • Picosa - Grace Central Church (10216 Kitchner St. Westchester, IL)
  • Roosevelt University CCPA String Quartet - Solti Garden, (Jackson & Michigan).
  • SPECIAL CONCERT-At 5:00 pm., all groups will come together for a blockbuster performance starting at 5:00 pm at Wrigley Square in Millennium Park led by conductor James Setapen.

Synapse Arts: noon-6:30 pm.

Weave Trees is a dance with grand textiles that hang from trees. Viewers are invited to stroll through the seven dancers as they weave, swirl, and knit more than 2,000 feet of satin. Accompanied by live piano and cello, the 30-minute piece will repeat four times throughout the day. Loyola Park in Rogers Park (1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.)

The Gauntlet: 11:45 am-12:00 pm

Forte Chicago, an ensemble of women who use comedy, spectacle, and improvisation to push the boundaries of operatic entertainment will perform the Chicago premier of The Gauntlet, composed by Sxip Shirey.

The Gauntlet is a 15-minute interactive choral presentation where the audience is encouraged to walk between the singers. Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall (78 E. Washington St.)

The Rise and Shine Orchestra rehearsal featuring members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 9:40 am. - 10:30 am. Wrigley Square, Millennium Park, Michigan and Randolph

Stones/Water/Time/Breath: Participatory Sunrise Performance: 5:30am-6:30am  Sherwin Avenue Beach in Rogers Park (1205 W. Sherwin Avenue)

Skip Landt leads a sing and play-along of songs from The Great American Songbook Jam: 12:00- 2:00pm, Old Town School of Folk Music (4544 N. Lincoln Avenue).

Ursa’s Majors and Minors Sing-and-Play-along, a collection of string players including guitars, banjos, fiddles, upright bass, ukulele, and accordionist, 3:00-4:00 pm, The 606-Park 567 (Milwaukee & Leavitt).

Sousapalooza, features the Navy Band Great Lakes playing the classic marches of John Philip Sousa. 4:00-4:45 pm.- Wrigley Square, Millennium Park, Michigan and Randolph.

Fiddle Tunes Jam: 6:00-8:00 pm. The Welles Park Gazebo (2333 W Sunnyside Avenue).

John Yost of Rhythm Revolution Drum Circle hosts a community drum circle open to all ages. 7:30-8:00 pm. - Mozart Park in Logan Square (2036 N. Avers Avenue). *Musicians are invited to bring their own percussion instrument, or use one that’s provided.

New Music Jam with Paula McKearnan--a play-along event of soul, rock and folk music. Open to all ages. 8:30-9:30 pm. Old Town School of Music (4544 N Lincoln Ave).

...And so much more

For more information go the Make Music Day website...or just walk around town or your neighborhood and see what you find.

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