Free Outdoor Music Celebration Returns On The Winter Solstice

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A yearly participation event connects musical opportunities around the country. Next month on the Winter Solstice, Wednesday, December 21, Make Music Winter (MMW), a free outdoor musical celebration with raucous and interactive parades, performances, and activities taking place throughout New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and dozens of U.S. cities, will return. Every year, on the shortest day (and longest night) of the year, the community gets together to celebrate the joy of producing music with individuals of all ages and musical talents.

Making music with bells, electric guitars, their own voices, drums, and other strange instruments while marching through public spaces has become a fun activity for music lovers and their neighbors since Make Music Winter began in 2011. Every year, more than 35 communities across the country participate in the event. Make Music Winter celebrations will usher in the Christmas season throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

In Manhattan, Mobile Hallelujah singers will appear at seven midtown locations, while Patrick Grant and Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars will perform “Standing Still” with other mobile musicians at noon in Herald Square. This will be followed by the evening procession “Winter Luminaria with Tilted Axes” through Sasaki Garden lit up with lights in a special partnership with NYU Faculty Housing Happenings. In Brooklyn, a festival called Flatfoot Flatbush will feature dancers, fiddlers, and pickers who will parade along Flatbush Avenue while playing old-time music and flatfooting, an Appalachian style of percussion dancing.

The Queensboro Music & Dance Festival, now in its second year, will feature live performances of music and dance from a variety of the borough’s cultures, as well as instruction in fundamental dance steps and hand-held percussion instruments to encourage audience participation. And in the Bronx, the Melrose Parranda, led by well-known Bronx musicians Jorge Vázquez, Matthew Gonzalez, and Bobby Sanabria, will participate in Make Music Winter for the eighth consecutive year, bringing this Puerto Rican carol-singing custom to various “casitas” and community gardens in the neighborhood. Beginning in December, a lot more New York-related activities will be announced.

Play music In 2022, Winter’s iconic Bell by Bell program will return to all 50 states and will feature the world premieres of brand-new works by Glenn Kotche (Wilco), one of Rolling Stone’s “Greatest Drummers of All Time,” and Brian Chase (the Grammy-nominated Yeah Yeah Yeahs). An event coordinator will hand out a large number of color-coded diatonic bells to the crowd on December 21 in eight cities (Astoria, OR, Auburn, CA, Land O’ Lakes, WI, Los Angeles, CA, Milwaukee, WI, New London, CT, New York, NY, and Salem, OR), one color for each note. A team of conductors will stand in front of the group and wave colored flags that correlate to the music being played slowly, creating an ethereal, sonorous ambiance.

Every December 21, Make Music Winter is a free outdoor musical festival that encourages participants to create their own music. Make Music Winter started in 2011 in New York City and has now expanded to over twenty cities throughout the nation.

source prnewswire

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