Make Music New York 2010 to feature Xenakis salute, jazz parade, 60 street pianos

Posted on: June 18, 2010

Make Music New York, an annual one-day festival of free concerts throughout the five boroughs of New York City, is set to take place on June 21 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Among the scheduled events are a celebration of music by Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001), whose 1969 Persephassa for six percussionists will be performed to an audience listening from rowboats in the middle of Central Park Lake; a marionette version of Xenakis’s Oresteia staged by Luca Veggetti will be performed at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater in Central Park, using pre-recorded music by the International Contemporary Ensemble. Also planned are a New Orleans-style “second line” jazz parade starting in Soho and continuing up to Lincoln Square and Harlem; interactive electronic performances in the Meatpacking District; and “Play Me, I’m Yours,” a public art project organized by the arts nonprofit Sing for Hope that will bring 60 pianos to the streets and city parks and public spaces. More information and a complete schedule of events is available at

Posted June 18, 2010