The International Music Foundation will present Make Music Chicago 2019 on Friday, June 21, when Chicago will join over 1,000 cities around the world in the largest single-day celebration of music.
Inspired by France’s “Fête de La Musique,” Make Music Chicago is a free, citywide, do-it-yourself music festival. Chicagoans of all ages and musical abilities are invited to make music at any of the Make Music Chicago events, which include free sing-alongs, play-alongs, lessons and performances.
Led by Artistic Director Kuang-Hao Huang, Make Music Chicago will feature over 150 participatory events and performances at 75 locations throughout Chicago.
Make Music Chicago 2019 highlights include the following:
Play-alongs, sing-alongs and free music lessons will be held along the Chicago Riverwalk, between Michigan Avenue and Lake Street. Instruments will be provided.
The River Theater, between Clark and LaSalle streets, will host a harmonica workshop, ukulele lessons and jam session, a sing-along with the Oak Park Chorale and a Heart Chant with Forte Chicago.
Gallagher Way, 3635 N. Clark St., will host the Sousapalooza concert band play-along. Bring an instrument and play some marches alongside the U.S. Navy Band-Great Lakes.
Flute players can stick around for a play-along with the Chicago Flute Club.
Try your hand at steel pans, harmonica and an array of percussion instruments at Breakey Theatre at Chicago State University, 9501 S. King Dr., before a jam session with the South Side Jazz Coalition. Instruments will be provided.
Pianos in the Parks offers everyone the opportunity to play a piano outdoors this summer. Each instrument is launched on June 21 as part of Make Music Chicago and will remain in the park for anyone to play until Aug. 1. That includes Ridge Park, 1817 W. 96th St.
Free introductory lessons will be offered during scheduled times, or experienced players can play any time during each park’s regular hours.
For more information and a schedule, visit the website at makemusicchicago.org.