Make Music New York Announces Updated Schedule for Make Music Day

By Chris Ruel

Make Music New York (MMNY) is set to celebrate Make Music Day on June 21, 2021.

The free, live, in-person, and virtual music events are open to the public and begin at 12:00 pm EDT in Manhattan and at various times in other boroughs.

First celebrated in France in 1982 as Fête de la Musique, Make Music Day has become a worldwide daylong celebration taking place on June 21, the official start of summer and the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Millions of people from over 1,000 cities across 120 countries now take part in the events. In the United States, the festival will be staged in 100 cities and the entire states of Connecticut, Hawaii, Utah, Vermont, and Wisconsin, and is presented by the NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the nonprofit Make Music Alliance.

Here’s a look at special projects being presented chronologically by borough. All times are Eastern Daylight Time.


Ryan Sawyer and percussion ensemble Talujon perform “This Moment in Time” memorializing those lost to COVID.

Performance time and location: 12:00 – 1:30 pm at Seaport’s Upper Square

Stonewall Sings features a lineup of predominantly LGBTQIA musicians who will be performing all day in the heart of Greenwich Village.

Performance time and location: 12:00 – 6:00 pm at Stonewall National Monument

Music Traveler at Oculus will feature five interactive piano-centric sets: “Everyone’s Baby,” produced by Lynn Yen; “Live by Living People,” produced by Hyung-Ki Too; “Literally, It Goes with Everything,” produced by Elias Constantopedos; “Multi-Instrumentalism,” produced by Julia Rhee; and “Melt the Melting Pot,” produced by Louise Lau.

Performance time and location: 3:00 – 7:00 pm on the ground-level of Oculus Plaza at the World Trade Center

“Paris on Hudson” celebrates the legacy of Nadia Boulanger, rounding out Third Street Music School’s new music festival, 20/21 Vision.

Performance time and location: 4:00 – 7:00 pm at Pier One, Riverside Park

“Amphitheater” features a multidisciplinary program choreographed by Jody Oberfelder with new music composed by trumpeter Frank London and his ensemble. The work, inspired by the creations of Rube Goldberg, explores how things and people connect and fall apart.

Performance time and location: 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the East River Park bandshell

The Masayo Ishigure and Miyabi Koto Shamisen Ensemble, in partnership with the Consulate General of Japan and Bryant Park, celebrate Japanese music and culture. The first set features ensemble music composed in Japan, with the second set featuring a small ensemble performance showcasing the flexibility of the koto and shamisen in a fusion with Western instruments.

Performance time and location: 7:00 – 8:00 pm at Bryant Park’s Upper Terrace.

A special performance of Mozart’s somber and moving masterwork, “Requiem,” will honor all New Yorkers who lost their lives to COVID. Douglass Anderson will conduct this Melissa Gerstein production.

Performance time and location: 7:00 – 8:00 pm at Oculus Plaza at the World Trade Center

The community-directed performance of “Cloudsplitter,” conceived by John P. Hastings for brass ensemble, is centered on the mythic persona of radical abolitionist John Brown. The performance will use nearly all 20 acres of Isham Park, with performers spread throughout the space before coming together as a complete ensemble at the conclusion of the 40-minute performance.

Performance time and location: 7:30 – 8:30 pm at Isham Park, Inwood




MAD about Make Music, presented by the Montague BID, Atlantic Avenue BID, and Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, will be a celebratory musical march with a percussion band marching from neighborhood to neighborhood to unite communities and fill the streets with music. The march will feature Dawn Drake and ZapOte.

Performance time and location: 12:00 – 8:30 pm throughout Downtown Brooklyn neighborhoods

Darmstadt’s 17th Annual “In C” is a free, hourlong performance that will bring together stars of the experimental music community for its critically acclaimed interpretation of Terry Riley’s 1964 masterwork of minimalism.

Performance time and location: 7:00 – 8:15 pm at Harborview Lawn, Pier 1

“Flowerpot Music,” written by Elliott Cole and directed by Peter Ferry, is a composition for an unlikely percussion instrument: the flowerpot.

Performance time and location: 7:30 – 8:30 pm at Prospect Park’s Nethermead


New Bronx City will be a daylong, multidisciplinary celebration of the borough’s diverse communities and cultures that will entertain and encourage people to imagine a Bronx that is cleaner, safer, fairer, and healthier.

Performance time and location: 12:00 – 6:00 pm at Lou Gehrig Plaza

Bronx Art Ensemble will be presenting a special performance by violinist and composer Evelyn Petcher, featuring her original folk music arrangements and pieces for solo violin, paired with short excerpts from classic solo violin sonatas by J.S. Bach and Eugene Ysaye

Performance time and location: 1:00 – 1:30 pm at Train Park Garden


Pecussia’s Maracatu will lead an interactive drum jam influenced by Maracatu samba from the northeast Brazilian state of Pernambuco, in a route that will kick off from Travers Park and head along the newly created 34th Avenue Open Street in Jackson Heights.

Performance time and location: 5:00 – 6:00 pm at Travers Park