Courtesy of Make Music Day Cleveland
Launched in France in 1982 (where it’s called Fête de la Musique), Make Music Day
has become an annual celebration in the States and around the world. On
Friday, June 21, this year’s event will take place in Cleveland, one of more than 80 cities to participate.
According to the press release announcing the event, “Make Music concerts are performed by anyone who wants to take part and enjoyed by everyone who wants to attend. From classical to folk, hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock, live music of all kinds resounds on streets, sidewalks, porches, plazas, parks, gardens, store fronts and other public spaces on the longest day of the year.”
Performers can register for a specific venue in advance or be assigned a venue. The goal is “to celebrate, create and share music with friends, neighbors and strangers.”
This year’s event in Cleveland will include the following: an Instrument Discovery Zone and P-bone (plastic trombone) workshop at Severance Hall; an open lab and beatmaking at the Fresh Lab in Gordon Square; a reading of Sousa marches open to all instrumentalists; a side-by side reading session with members of the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra; a performance featuring councilman Kevin Conwell and the Footprints at the VA Hospital; performances by the Paul Kovach Bluegrass Band and an open cello choir at the Bop Stop; a lunchtime performance by Thor Platter at the Rock Hall; Classical Revolution live at Bar 107 in Berea; performances by Cleveland Orchestra musicians and guest artists; and dozens of events created and hosted by local musicians and venues who meet via Make Music Day’s matchmaking software
Any musician, amateur or professional, is invited to take part by signing up at makemusicday.org/cleveland
. Businesses, buildings, schools, churches and other institutions can visit the website to offer their outdoor spaces as concert venues. Registration closes on June 17.
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