Marking the summer solstice with Make Music Day

Posted on: June 21, 2016

On Tuesday, June 21, more than 38 U.S. cities will celebrate Make Music Day this year with free participatory events, most held outdoors. Make Music Day is an annual event marking the summer solstice, and cities this year include New York, L.A., Chicago, Boston, Nashville, San Diego, Seattle, Portland (OR), Madison (WI), Philadelphia, Detroit, Denver, Cleveland, Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Chattanooga, Minneapolis/St. Paul, San Antonio, and the entire state of Vermont. Included are Dean Rosenthal’s composition Stones/Water/Time Breath, in which participants will skip stones and “take in the beauty of several sounds” (Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Washington, D.C.); the International Contemporary Ensemble’s 100th-birthday tribute to Alberto Ginastera at the Naumburg Bandshell in New York City’s Central Park; performances in Chicago by multiple orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and Grant Park Orchestra, plus Suzuki play-alongs for kids and Pianos in the Parks; and 175 single-instrument Mass Appeal events in various cities, featuring instruments including accordions, bagpipes, bassoons, flutes, pianos, and trombones. Visit for more.

Posted June 21, 2016