MAKE MUSIC CHICAGO
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 Concerts, Make 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.
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
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 Finale, Quintet 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.
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
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):
- Spektral Quartet performing Verdi’s String Quartet in E Minor
- Singers from the Ryan Opera Center of Lyric Opera Chicago performing selections from Carousel, The Marriage of Figaro and Dido and Aeneas
- Fifth House Ensemble with participants in the 2013 fresh inc festival
- Quintet Attacca performing the music of Paquito D'Rivera, Arturo Marquez and Astor Piazzolla
- Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet
- David Schrader's improvisations on organ
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.
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 Series, Huang 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.