Around the world, “make music” is the theme for Friday, June 21st, the longest day of the year. Chicago is one of more than 500 cities participating in what is known as World Music Day. Chicago’s third annual Make Music Chicago runs city-wide and involves ensembles, music schools, universities, museums, The Lincoln Park Zoo, The Poetry Foundation, the Park District and many other organizations; the goal is to fill our public spaces with music. Central to this message: if you play an instrument—whatever your age or level—if you like to listen to people playing instruments, gather with others in your community to share the gift of music.
This year there will be concerts and events at 25 locations around the Chicago area. Every imaginable genre will be represented from Klezmer to Classical, African drumming to Sousa marches. There will be an abundance of folk musicians, youth choirs, opera singers; blues, jazz, and Chinese folk musicians. Performers range from beginners to the Chicago Symphony Brass Quintet. All events are free.
The first events start at 10:00 AM, and the last goes until around 9:00 PM.
WFMT will provide live coverage from three locations:
Music Institute of Chicago
1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
International Chamber Artists
New Budapest Orpheum Society
Fine Arts Building
408 S. Michigan Ave., Studio 825, Chicago
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
George Lepauw, piano
Marcia Bosits, piano
Matthew Hagle, piano
Alex Djordjevic, piano
Sylvia Wang, piano
Isabelle Olivier, harp
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
University of Chicago
915 E. 60th St., Chicago
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Fulcrum Point New Music Project
Soprano Annie Picard and guitarist Julie Goldberg
Avalon String Quartet
Also check back throughout the day for video extras from throughout the city.