Make Music Day in Houston

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Houston’s First Make Music Day

Make Music Houston is open to anybody who’s interested in participating. June 21st, the longest day of the year, is an opportunity for musicians of any age and skill level to share their love of music with the people around them.

The event first began in France in 1982, when the Ministry of Culture decided to create a new kind of music festival. The goal was to celebrate the summer solstice with music from all over the country. Now, 38 years later, the event has become a global phenomenon.

This year, the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs has teamed up with the Consulate General of France and the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Houston to bring the event to Houston for the very first time.

So, on June 21st, 2021, you can go to a live musical performance, upload your own musical performance, or take a virtual music lesson to celebrate the first Make Music Day in Houston.

Top 10 Events for Make Music Day in Houston

1. International Voices Houston

International Voices Houston is a multicultural choir that seeks to entertain and educate its listeners by performing music from all over the world. The choir members come from incredibly diverse backgrounds, ranging in age from 16 to 80 and speaking more than 30 languages among them. They will be giving an online performance to celebrate the first annual Make Music Day in Houston.
When: 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Where: Virtually here
How Much: Free

2. The Monarch Chamber Players at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Enjoy the sculptures and gardens in front of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston while you take in a live musical performance by the Monarch Chamber Players. It’s a great way to start off the longest day of the year.
When: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005
How Much: Free

courtesy Houston Symphony

3. The Houston Symphony

Throughout Make Music Day, the Houston Symphony will have virtual events celebrating music. These events will include a short tutorial of how to play the harp for young children, a family performance of songs like the Nutcracker, interviews of musicians about why they chose the instruments they play, and a guided exploration of classical musical pieces.
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Virtually here
How Much: Free

 

4. Make Music Day Houston Kick Off

Mayor Sylvester Turner and French Consul General Alexis Andres will officially kick off Make Music Day Houston via live stream at 10:30 on the 21st. After they introduce the big day, the stream will switch over to a conversation between Houston artist Bun B and French rapper James the Prophet. Finally, in the spirit of the day, the virtual event will wrap up with a performance by James the Prophet, Walkman the Soul, and Pab the Kid.
When: 10:30 to 11:30
Where: Virtually here
How Much: Free

 

5. Tot*Tunes at the Children’s Museum Houston

If you want a way to celebrate Make Music Day with young kids, take a look at this Children’s Museum Houston live stream. For most of the day on the 21st, the Children’s Museum will be streaming music from Tot*Tunes, a group sure to delight toddlers and young children with catchy, kid-friendly songs.
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Virtually here
How Much: Free

 

6. Flowerpot Music at the Houston Botanic Garden

courtesy Houston Botanical Garden

Visit the Houston Botanic Garden for an interactive performance of a percussion piece composed specifically for Make Music day, Flowerpot Music. All you have to do is register, bring your own flowerpot (glazed is best), and be ready to learn. Starting at 10:30, the garden will hold a rehearsal of the piece for you to follow along with. At noon, you’ll have a chance to put what you’ve learned to to the test.
When: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Houston Botanic Garden, 1 Botanic Lane, Houston, TX 77017
How Much: Free

 

7. Bash the Trash at the Houston Public Library

Houston Public Library will be celebrating Make Music Day in Houston with an educational look at the history of homemade instruments with Bash the Trash, a group that plays instruments they make from repurposed materials. The event, called “Spasm Bands to Spike Jones: Homemade Instruments in Pop Culture,” will discuss how homemade instruments helped create jazz and rose to popularity in Hollywood. And, of course, the event wouldn’t be complete without a live musical performance.
When: 11 a.m. to noon
Where: Virtually here
How Much: Free (but you will need a library card to register)

 

8. Make Music at Miller With The MOB

For a fun and interactive musical experience like no other, head to Miller Outdoor Theatre. For Make Music Day, Miller is bringing in Rice University’s band, known as the MOB, to create a Kazoo Khorus — and you’re invited to join! Bring your kazoo along, and the Rice MOB will lead you in pop summertime favorites like “Here Comes the Sun,” “Good Vibrations,” and “The Sound of Music (The Hills Are Alive).”
When: Noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030
How Much: Free

 

Make Music Day in Houston

courtesy Buffalo Bayou Park

9. Make Music Day Houston at The Water Works

The Buffalo Bayou Partnership is happy to take part in Make Music Houston. They have a full evening of free musical performances planned. Guests to the park will get to enjoy sets by the Montrose Horn Quartet, the Monarch Chamber Players, and the Houston Jazz Orchestra.
When: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: The Water Works, 105 Sabine Street, Houston, TX 77007 United States
How Much: Free

 

10. Nabor at Discovery Green

courtesy Discovery Green

Visitors to Discovery Green can celebrate Make Music Houston with self-taught classical pianist Nabor. Nabor is a fixture of Discovery Green who enjoys experimenting with composition.
When: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010
How Much: Free

 

 

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