Rush Hour Concerts presents Make Music Chicago | Friday, June 21 2013 | Schedule and Events | 98.7WFMT Broadcasts

A Day of Free Music throughout Chicago

Returns for 3rd Year of Celebration 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Chicago Celebrates with over 500 Cities around the World

98.7WFMT Broadcasts throughout the Day

Presented by Rush Hour ConcertsMake Music Chicago, a completely free musical celebration across Chicago, returns for its third annual event taking place on the first day of summer, Friday, June 21. Chicago joins more than 500 cities across the world celebrating music with free performances, all on the longest day of the year. Tishman Speyer is proud to be Presenting Sponsor of Make Music Chicago 2013.

Make Music Chicago celebrates the ability of everyone to participate in music-making. Throughout the day, people of all ages and backgrounds – beginners, amateurs, professionals and marquee artists – gather in Chicago’s public spaces to perform live music of all genres.  This year, over 25 sites host music events, including Daley Plaza, the Driehaus Museum, The Poetry Foundation, Midway Plaisance, Lincoln Park Zoo, Old Town School of Folk Music, Roosevelt University and more. The Grand Finale takes place in the historic St. James Cathedral (65 E. Huron Street at Wabash) in River North, followed by an outdoor street party at the St. James Commons.  A complete list of performance sites can be found by clicking here.


Make Music Chicago 2013 Events


Play the Plaza

Make Music Chicago invites anyone and everyone to Play the Plaza, beginning in the morning at Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington Street).  The fully participatory event welcomes all orchestra, choral and concert band musicians of any age. Play the Plaza opens with the Rise and Shine Orchestra and continues with two popular lunchtime events returning from prior years, the Broadway and Opera Sing-Along and Sousapalooza.

  • Rise and Shine Orchestra  |  10–10:45 am

  • Lloyd Palmiter of Quinlan & Fabish Music Company leads musicians through vibrant orchestral music (rehearsal begins at 9:00 am). 

  • Broadway and Opera Sing-Along  | 11–11:45 am
    Bill Chin, Artistic Director of the Oriana Singers, leads Broadway and opera fans in favorite tunes.

  • Sousapalooza  |  12–12:45 pm
    Richard Fischer, Director of Bands at Concordia University-Chicago, leads classic marches of John Philip Sousa

Any musicians interested in participating in Play the Plaza events can learn more, download repertoire and sign up by clicking here

Photo by Make Music Chicago

Live Broadcasts on 98.7WFMT

Chicago's only classical music radio station, 98.7WFMT, devotes a full day of broadcasting on June 21 to Make Music Chicago, featuring live performances from the Music Institute of Chicago (1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston), the PianoForte Foundation (Fine Arts Building, Studio 825, 408 S. Michigan Avenue) and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts (915 E. 60th Street). The broadcast is produced by 98.7WFMT's program director, Peter Van De Graaff, who said: “Make Music Chicago is one of the city's most unique musical events and WFMT is excited to feature a day of live broadcasts from around the city on June 21st."

  • Nichols Hall at Music Institute of Chicago in Evanston  |  10 am – 12 pm
    Performances by Newberry Consort, Music Institute of Chicago, Opera Moda, International Chamber Artists, New Budapest Orpheum Society and Apollo Chorus
  • PianoForte  |  1 – 3 pm
    Performances by George LePauw, Marcia Bosits, Sylvia Wang, Isabelle Olivier, Matthew Hagle, and Alex Djordjevic
  • Logan Center  |  4 – 6 pm
    Performances by Fulcrum Point New Music Project featuring Kuang-Hao Huang, Avalon String Quartet, Orion Ensemble, Cavatina Duo and CUBE Ensemble


Photo by Make Music Chicago

Family Concerts

Make Music Chicago includes multiple Family Concerts throughout the day. In Lincoln Park Zoo, woodwind ensemble Quintet Attacca, along with special guest narrator Mark George, President of the Music Institute of Chicago, perform their interactive "Peter and the Wolf" show.  Also, the young musicians of the Suzuki Music School of Lincoln Park perform favorites in “SuZOOki” and the young artists of the Chinese Fine Arts Society perform highlights of their repertory.


Lincoln Park Zoo | 2001 N. Clark Street

  • Quintet Attacca with Mark George
    “Peter and the Wolf”
    10:30 am – 11:15 am

  • Suzuki Music School of Lincoln Park
    “SuZOOki” kids play-along
    11:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Chinese Fine Arts Society Young Artists
    12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

During the Grand FinaleQuintet Attacca also performs its interactive “Quintet Idol!” on the Scott V. Bruner Family Stage in the St. James Commons, a show intended to introduce school-age children to woodwind instruments where they decide their favorite.


Photo by Make Music Chicago

Organ Crawl

The Make Music Chicago Organ Crawl features midday performances on the organs of three historic churches.

  • St. Chrysostom Episcopal Church  |  1424 N. Dearborn Street
    11:10 am – 11:40 am
    Performance by Richard Hoskins
  • Fourth Presbyterian Church  |  126 E. Chestnut Street
    12:10 pm – 1:00 pm
    Performance by Julie Vidrick Evans
  • St. James Cathedral  |  65 E. Huron Street
    1:20 pm – 2:00 pm
    Performance by David Jonies


More Music Throughout the Day

Make Music Chicago events take place throughout the day at these Tishman Speyer properties:

  • 10 & 20 S. Wacker Drive
  • 161 N. Clark Street
  • 222 N. LaSalle Street
  • 30 N. LaSalle Street
  • 353 N. Clark Street
  • 525 W. Monroe Street
  • 227 W. Monroe Street
  • 1 N. Franklin Street


Additional Sites Hosting Music:

  • Midway Plaisance, 731 E. 60th Street
  • Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd Street
  • Diehaus Museum, 40 E. Erie Street
  • The Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior Street
  • Joan’s Music Studio, 1438 E. 57th Street
  • International House (2 – 8 pm), 1414 E. 59th Street
  • Resurrection Project Plaza, 1818 S. Paulina Street
  • Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue
  • Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Avenue
  • Chant Restaurant (starting at 9 pm), 1509 E. 53rd Street


Grand Finale

The day’s events close with the Grand Finale, including a free two-hour concert event as part of the Rush Hour Concerts Summer Concert Series from 5–7 pm, at St. James Cathedral, featuring (in order of appearance, subject to change):

  • Quintet Attacca performing the music of Paquito D'Rivera, Arturo Marquez and Astor Piazzolla

The Grand Finale continues outdoors in the new St. James Commons on Wabash at Huron from 7–9 pm for the Make Music Chicago Street Party, featuring family programming and international music on three stages.  Renowned harmonica performer and teacher Joe Filisko leads an all-ages Harmonica Jam with harmonicas generously donated by Hohner, Inc.  A variety of food trucks will also be on hand.

Additional Make Music Chicago programming takes place throughout the day – for a complete list of events, click here.  All programming is subject to change.


About Make Music Chicago

Celebrating the ability of everyone to make music, Make Music Chicago is completely free for musicians and audiences alike. It is inspired by Fête de la Musique, a national musical holiday in France.  Since its inaugural year in 1982, Fête de la Musique has become an international phenomenon, taking place every June 21st in more than 500 cities in over 130 countries – including Germany, Italy, Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Australia, Vietnam, Congo, Cameroon, Fiji, Colombia, Chile, Nepal and Japan – easily making it the largest music event in the world. Make Music Chicago is part of a national group of “Make Music” cities that includes New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Baltimore and Philadelphia.

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In related news, Rush Hour Concerts is pleased to announce that pianist Kuang-Hao Huang has joined Creative Director Deborah Sobol on the Make Music Chicago Creative Team.  A renowned pianist and frequent artist on the Rush Hour Concerts Summer Concert SeriesHuang is collaborating with Sobol to program several locations for the June 21 celebration.  "I'm excited to join Rush Hour's creative team for Make Music Chicago," said Huang. "We are planning a range of programs across the city, from large participatory events like ‘Play the Plaza to a full day of live broadcasts on 98.7WFMT."

Make Music Chicago is presented by Rush Hour Concerts in partnership with 98.7WFMT, Alliance Française de Chicago, the Consulate General of France in Chicago, the Chicago Loop Alliance, Chicago Sister Cities International, Chicago Park District and St. James Cathedral.



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