Make Music Winter rings in the solstice this year with a new gong experience called The Resonant Path.
In each city, a path lined with gongs will be continuously played over the course of an hour, creating a natural crescendo and decrescendo as participants walk past, enveloped in waves of sound.
Come walk the path on Wednesday December 21, 2022 and feel the vibrations of a new season!
Leaders: Eric Chun and Ryan Goodpastor
Location: Central Square/Art Park Intersection at Lincoln and High Street
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM
All are invited to bang a gong to welcome winter on the shortest day of the year. There will be professional percussionists and more than 20 gongs for people to play and participate in a walk-along gong parade.
Leader: Joe Beribak, Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra
Location: Hawthorne Hills Nature Center, 28 Brookside Dr, Elgin, IL 60123
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 PM
The EYSO Percussion Ensemble hosts a free and open-to-the-public interactive musical experience at Hawthorne Hill Nature Center. Community members of all ages and musical abilities are invited to roll, tap, and crash in spontaneous musical merriment on a series of gongs positioned along the wooded trail. Visitors are also welcome to warm up inside the Nature Center with free hot chocolate, and the first 50 visitors will receive a free ceramic EYSO mug.
Leader: Wesley Fowler
Location: The Rose Kennedy Greenway, North End between Hanover St and Haymarket Square
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Percussionist Wesley Fowler, and colleagues from Boston Conservatory at Berklee, create a gong path in Downtown Boston.
New York, NY
Location: Battery Park, Financial District
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
In this immersive soundwalk, members of the NYC-based percussion ensemble Talujon, described by the New York Times as possessing an "edgy, unflagging energy," play a newly commissioned work for gongs spaced along the pathways of Battery Park. Audiences will experience the natural crescendo and decrescendo of each gong along the path, as the wave-like sounds fade away behind them and begin to swell ahead until they reach the last gong.
Leaders: Keith Aleo, Dave Gerhart, and James Yakas
Location: Midwest Clinic, Central Concourse of McCormick Place West, 2317 S Indiana Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM
The 76th Midwest Clinic, the renowned annual conference with over 18,000 music educator and musician attendees, hosts The Resonant Path in a cavernous indoor space at the convention center entrance, welcoming the astronomical winter solstice at 3:47 PM CST. This performance is open to the public; no tickets or badges are required to attend.
Leader: Nathaniel Gworek
Location: Poplar Street in Downtown Macon
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM