Chicago’s One-Day City-Wide FREE Music Festival – Make Music Chicago – June 21

Come out in Chicago and enjoy the FREE Make Music Chicago, a live, one-day FREE music festival on the first day of summer that celebrates the ability of everyone to make music. People of all ages, music of all genres, and amateurs, professionals, and marquee artists will gather throughout the day in Chicago’s public spaces to engage in spontaneous music making. There will be all day, city-wide events throughout the day.   The festival is presented by Rush Hour Concerts at St. James Cathedral and is completely free for musicians and audience alike. (click at bottom for more info).  More than 60 sites across the city will be hosting music events, including “Play the Plaza,” which kicks off at 10 a.m. at Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington), and the grand finale concert at 5 p.m. at St. James Cathedral (65 E. Huron) and an outdoor party at the St. James Commons.


free-make-music-chicagoMake Music Chicago is inspired by France’s “Fête de la Musique,” a national musical holiday marking its 33th anniversary this year. Chicago joins the global phenomenon on June 21, 2014 – the 24-hour musical holiday for all ages and genres celebrated by over 110 countries and 460 cities around the world. Since 1982, “Fête de la Musique” has become an international phenomenon, taking place on June 21 in more than 460 cities in 110 countries, including Germany, Italy, Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Australia, Vietnam, Congo, Cameroon, Fiji, Colombia, Chile, Nepal, and Japan.


As part of Make Music Chicago, we are hosting a series of crowd concerts in Daley Plaza. There’s something for everyone: come play, come listen, come enjoy!


9:00 – 11am: Rise and Shine Orchestra: a play-along orchestra experience for orchestra musicians of all levels, led by Lloyd Palmiter of Quinlan and Fabish. If you play an orchestral instrument and can read music, come out and play! This event will also feature special guests, Brant Taylor, Paul Phillips, Blair Milton, Nisanne Howell, and Barbara Queen of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra!


11:00 am: Solstice Sing-along: Come out and sing along to your favorite Broadway and Opera tunes, led by Bill Chin. No experience necessary!


12:00 pm: Sousapalooza: a Sousa march reading session—if you play a brass or wind instrument, come join us, and special guest Christopher Martin, Principal Trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, for an hour of Sousa march fun!


2:00pm: Suzuki Play-along: Join the Chicago Consortium of Community Music Schools in a Suzuki string play-along session, for violins and cellos. Meet other Suzuki students from around the city, and test your skills in a fun environment. Led by faculty from the Merit School of Music and DePaul Community Music Division.


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