From the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to Suzuki Playing kids, Chicago will be making music in a big way on Tuesday, June 21 when the city celebrates the summer solstice–the first day of summer.
Officially summer arrives at 7:00 PMCDT, today, June 20–so when the first chord of Make Music Chicago sounds at sunrise tomorrow with Stones/Water/Time/Breath at Sherwin Avenue Beach in Rogers Park the celebration of the first full day of summer will begin.
Make Music Chicago is part of a musical celebration that takes place in over 700 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.
Chicago joined the bandwagon six years ago with the local celebration making more noise in more neighborhoods each year. This year the free event that celebrates everyone’s ability to make music, will feature 200 performances and participatory events across 100 locations in over 40 Chicago neighborhoods including Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park, Pritzker Pavilion, the Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago Symphony Center, Daley Plaza, Lyric Opera House, Lincoln Park Zoo, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Old Town School of Folk Music, over 30 Chicago Park District sites and more.
Music will be heard throughout the day, sunrise to sunset, from music-makers of all ages, abilities and musical tastes including amateurs and professionals alike who will gather in Chicago’s public spaces to play and sing live music of all genres.
Stones/Water/Time/Breath: Participatory Sunrise Performance: sunrise-6:30am., Sherwin Avenue Beach in Rogers Park (1205 W Sherwin Avenue). Sound artist Eric Leonardson leads Dean Rosenthal’s internationally recognized, experimental music-theater piece Stones/Water/Time/Breath, performed using stones to create rhythms, solos, cycle patters and percussive sounds on the water.
Sousapalooza: 12:00-1:00pm., Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington Street). Richard Fischer, Director of Bands at Concordia University-Chicago, leads players through the classic marches of John Philip Sousa.
Harmonica Blowout: 1:30-2:30pm., The Welles Park Gazebo in Lincoln Square (2333 W Sunnyside Avenue). Old Town School of Music teacher Skip Landt leads a bluegrass harmonica play-along for all ages with free harmonicas provided by Hohner.
Rise and Shine Orchestra: 1:00-3:00pm., Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington Street). Lloyd Palmiter leads musicians through vibrant orchestral music. All ages and abilities are welcome to bring their own instrument and play-along with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Rehearsal runs from 1:00-2:00pm with performance taking place from 2:00-3:00pm.
Great American Songbook Play and Sing-along: 2:30-3:15pm., The Welles Park Gazebo in Lincoln Square (2333 W Sunnyside Avenue). Midwest folk band Three for the Road leads a sing and play-along of songs from the Great American Songbook to the 1970s.
Kanikapila Jam lead by Lanialoha Lee leads an island style play-along for ukulele players of all ages and experience levels. Uke Jam: 6:00-7:00pm., Aloha Center Chicago in Lincoln Square (1626 W Lawrence Avenue).
Sea Shanty Sing-Along: 6:00-7:00pm., Chicago French Market in the West Loop (131 N Clinton Street), Chicago Sea Shanty Sing invites everyone to join a participatory sing-along of sea shanties and maritime themed pub songs.
Rhythm Revolution Drum Circle: 7:00-8:00pm., Mozart Park in Logan Square (2036 N. Avers Avenue), John Yost of Rhythm Revolution™ hosts a community drum circle open to all ages. Musicians are invited to bring their own percussion instrument, or use one that’s provided.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble: 1:00 – 2:00pm., Chicago Symphony Orchestra (220 S. Michigan Avenue).
A short concert with Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center in partnership with Chicago Voices, Lyric Opera House (20 N. Wacker) 5:30 – 5:45 pm.
Opera On Tap Chicago: 1:00- 2:00pm., O’Briens Riverwalk Café (45 E Riverwalk South).
Open rehearsal with Grant Park Symphony Orchestra featuring Storm Large of Pink Martini fame singing classics from the Great American Songbook from 11:00am – 1:30pm and Mahler’s Sixth Symphony from 3:00-5:30pm. Festival docents will also lead a talk back from 1:30-3:00pm., Pritzker Pavilion (201 E Randolph Street).
Chaz Hearne (on the Plaza): 11:00am – 12:00pm., Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago Ave), free admission for IL residents on Tuesdays.
The Lucky Trikes: 11:00-11:45am., Maggie Daley Park, Concessions Plaza (337 E Randolph). This read and sing-along for young children features story time with live classical and improvised music performed by the award-winning children’s chamber band The Lucky Trikes.
Marsha’s Music Fam Jam: 10:00-10:45am., Hyde Park Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (5480 S. Kenwood Avenue).
Chicago Folklore Ensemble: 5:30-6:30pm,. Piotrowski Park in Little Village (4247 W. 31st Street). Ravinia’s REACH*TEACH*PLAY Education Programs presents the Chicago Folklore Ensemble in “Folktales & Traditional Music From Around the World.”
Merry Music Makers Sing-Along: 10:00-10:45am., Winnemac Park in Rogers Park (5101 N Leavitt Street.The Merry Music Makers lead a sing-along for children ages 6 and under.
Fiddle Tunes Jam: 6:00-8:00pm., Fiddle Club of the World Chicago Chapter in partnership with Old Town School of Music presents a fiddle play-along jam session for all ages and experience levels.
Schools Out Jam: 6:30-7:30pm., larendon Park in Uptown (4501 N. Clarendon Avenue). Young musicians aged 16 and under celebrate summer and the last day of school.
Sones de Mexico lunchtime program at Harold Washington Library’s Cindy Pritzker Auditorium (400 S State): 12:15 – 1:15pm., Chicago’s premier Mexican folk ensemble and two-time Grammy Award-nominated artist, Sones de Mexico Ensemble present “Beyond the Music: A Musical Geography of Mexico.”
Suzuki Play-along: 5:00-6:00pm., Mary Bartelme Park in West Loop (115 S. Sangamon Street). Kids of all ages familiar with the popular Suzuki Method for Music are invited to join in playing popular tunes such as Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Go Tell Aunt Rhody, along with the Merit School of Music’s Suzuki program and other Chicago Suzuki programs.
Rush Hour Concerts at Make Music Chicago: 5:45 – 6:15pm., St. James Cathedral (65 E Huron).
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