Throughout the Windy City today, people will be engaging in a multitude of musical projects.
Today marks the seventh anniversary of Make Music Chicago, which is a free day-long citywide event. Music lovers will have the opportunity to take part in more than 170 events at 65 sites throughout the city. In addition to Chicago, more than 750 cities around the world will be celebrating music in various ways.
The event, presented by the International Music Foundation, is held in conjunction with the Summer Solstice.
"Every year, the whole idea is to try to get people out to make music," said Kuang-Hao Huang, a pianist and artistic director, who is leading Make Music Chicago.
Huang said it doesn't matter if one has exceptional musical talents or is new to the world of making music. All are welcome.
"There's a lot of music to be heard," Huang said, about the wonderful day planned. "Everything is meant to be family-friendly."
Huang said there are many hands-on opportunities where individuals of all ages can take part and even pick up instruments in hands-on projects.
Among venues and places where music will be heard are Millennium Park’s Wrigley Square, Maggie Daley Park and Pritzker Pavilion, the Chicago Riverwalk, Navy Pier, the Chicago Cultural Center, more than 25 Park Districts and more.
Among highlights are the Chicago premiere of "The Gauntlet," an interactive choral presentation by Forte Chicago and a nation-wide event titled "Lift Every Voice: Musicians Rising For Racial Justice."
Musical groups and organizations involved in the event include Civic Orchestra of Chicago String Quartet, Chicago Sinfonietta String Quartet, Fulcrum Point New Music Project String Quartet, Old Town School of Folk Music and more. The Navy Band Great Lakes will also present "Sousapalooza."
"We want to get people to see how much fun it is to make music," Huang said. He added that through musical experiences, it's a great way for people to connect.
For more information on the event and to view a schedule, visit makemusicday.org/listings/chicago.