Make Music CHicago

Make Music Chicago aims to celebrate everyone's ability to create music, ranging from beginners to virtuosos. Performances vary greatly, with everything from a Broadway and Opera Sing-a-long, led by Bill Chin, Artistic Director of the Oriana Singers, in Daley Plaza to an "Organ Crawl", which will lead attendees on a three-hour, three-church adventure.

Everyone is encouraged to participate in the Play the Plaza events at Daley Plaza. Participant information, including sheet music, arrangements, song listings and times, are available here.

Lincoln Park Zoo joins in the festivities with a slew of family-friendly programming, opening their doors at 11:30 a.m. with a performance of the lively kid-favorite, Peter and the Wolf by Quintet Attacca and narrated by Mark George. Following the performance, kids are encouraged to participate in the "SuZOOki Kids Play-a-long!"

The Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston, IL plays host to a morning of classical favorites with performances by Newberry Consort, MIC faculty members, the New Budapest Orpheum Society, and more, with the Apollo Chorus, directed by Stephen Alltop, closing the morning.  For anyone not wishing to travel to Evanston, 98.7WFMT has devoted the entirety of its June 21 programming to Make Music Chicago.

For those looking for devoted piano performances, the PianoForte Foundation has programmed an afternoon full of keys featuring George LePauw, Marcia Bosits, Sylvia Wang, Matthew Hagle, and Alex Djordjevic. Innovative harpist Isabelle Olivier closes the series of performances with a selection of her original pieces.

If classical music isn't quite your speed, Taigo Onez of The Essence Radio Show has programed an entire day of house, aptly named Lots of House on the MIDWAY, at Midway Plaisance Park. The event, which features performances by 14 DJs, including Onez himself, starts at 9:30 a.m. and runs until 8:30 p.m.

The day culminates in the Grand Finale, a joint production from Make Music Chicago and Rush Hour Concerts, a summer long series of free, 30-minute concerts presented at St. James Cathedral.  The Grand Finale also takes place at St. James, kicking of at 5 p.m. with a trumpet fanfare by Chicago Symphony Orchestra trumpeters Chris Martin and Tage Larsen. Chicago's 5th House Ensemble will also perform, along with Spektral Quartet, singers from the Ryan Opera Center of Lyric Opera Chicago, Quintet Attaca, and more. David Schrader will be improvising on the St. James organ between performances.

Following the indoors events, the Grand Finale heads outside to the new St. James Commons for the Make Music Chicago Street Party. Three stages play host to a variety of world music and family-friendly programming, including Quintet Idol! hosted by Quintet Attaca, a suzuki play-in with the 5th House Ensemble, and a harmonica "blow-out" led  by renowned harmonica master Joe Filisko.

For a full listing of performances, venues and additional information, see the schedule here

By Moria Dailey, Assistant Editor, Rock,

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