Make Music Hartford is a part of the international Make Music Day movement which brings free, community-wide, outdoor musical celebrations to hundreds of cities worldwide! Every year, the celebration is held on June 21, the summer solstice, in more than 1,000 communities around the world.
Make Music Hartford will feature musicians of all abilities and music from any genre. Sidewalks, parks, front porches, and public spaces throughout the city, as well as virtual spaces, will become stages for local musicians to perform and for all to enjoy. Everyone is invited to participate in this international day of music by performing, providing an outdoor space, appreciating, or volunteering. It’s all for the love of music!
Make Music Hartford is brought to you by the Greater Hartford Arts Council as part of our mission to inspire all people to participate and invest in the arts.
Make Music Day was founded on the notion that music has the power to bring people together. In times joy and hardship, both active and passive participation in music is healing. As society slowly returns to a (new) normal, we wanted to take the opportunity bring our community together to heal.
After an unprecedented year for us all, and an especially difficult one for the creative sector and small businesses that comprise our community, we’re excited to announce that registration is now open! By following municipal, state, and federal guidelines on safety, we are planning a hybrid selection of in-person and virtual activities because trust us, we want to get out and play just as much as you do, but we want to keep everyone safe. All the more reason to come back strong in 2022!
Individual or small groups of brass, percussion and wind players parade through city parks, playing music on the go to people listening from inside and outside the park. March musicians bring musical joy in a year when live music is just beginning to return to “normal”.
Parks that are signed up to participate: Bushnell Park, Riverfront Recapture (any of their 4 parks), Keney Park. Bands are welcome to march at one or more parks.
Last year, we helped premiere a virtual rendition of Flowerpot Music, written by award-winning composer Elliot Cole and directed by percussionist Peter Ferry. The composition is for an unlikely but beautiful percussion instrument – the flowerpot! Bell-like tones are passed from performer to performer in improvised gestures called “blooms” that sweep through the group. The piece is written in simple prose, and can be performed by non-musicians and musicians alike.
This year, Anthony DeQuattro and Savana Jones will be leading in-person performances! Locations TBA.
A gathering of musicians of all skill levels to sight read and perform John Philip Sousa marching band music. Musicians do not rehearse together ahead of times and in most cases, will have never met prior to June 21st. Registration will open as soon as a conductor is secured to lead the group. Musicians are welcome to just show up and perform, but we do ask for registration to assure all instruments are covered. This year, Sousapalooza will march on at Riverfront Mortensen Plaza!
The experts at Bash the Trash have graced us with videos and printable instructions for 7 instruments (see here), all you have to do is gather the materials (for as many or few options as you want!). Great for kids and families, but several of these instruments (like the Diddley Bow) are quite fun for adults too! Make music with found sounds at Free Center!
Musicians learn, rearrange, and record themselves covering other musicians’ work and debut their video for Make Music Day. Matches can be made locally or nationally. All interested musicians who are interested register here by May 31!
Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee
Make Music Hartford 2021 Sponsorship Opportunities Available!
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Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact Roxane Sanders rsanders[at]letsgoarts.org
Make Music Hartford is a program of the Greater Hartford Arts Council, a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire all people to participate and invest in the arts. Help us make events like Make Music Hartford possible. Donate Today
Thank you to the Make Music Hartford 2021 Committee
Are you interested in helping us plan Make Music Hartford? Contact city administrator, Amanda Roy, for more information on how you can be involved.
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