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Double the melody: Make Music New York + Sing for Hope Pianos

June 20, 2018

 

Tomorrow, June 21, is the longest day of the year–hurray! To help the city celebrate, the 12th annual Make Music New York is bringing jazz, hip hop, folk, punk, opera and much more to a sidewalk or park near you.

 

The day-long music festival has more than 1,000 free concerts planned throughout the city, 26 of which are taking place above 100th Street in Manhattan.

 

 

Uptown's biggest event is "Harlem to Broadway!" at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park, which will celebrate former Harlem residents such as Eubie Blake, Duke Ellington, George and Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein, II, Alonzo Hart, Noble Sissel, Fats Waller–not to mention the outdoor theater's namesake.

 

 

Other prominent Make Music locations in Harlem include the National Black Theatre, Uptown Grand Cental community plaza and Frederick Douglass Circle. Check the performance map for the full list.

 

If that's not enough music for you–is there even such a thing?–you have until Sunday, June 24 to find one of the 51 Sing for Hope Pianos located in a park or other public space throughout the city.

 

 

In Upper Manhattan head to Marcus Garvey Park, Jacob Schiff Playground (its piano is pictured here), La Plaza de las Americas, or Inwood Hill Park to play one of these artist-decorated instruments that will be donated to public schools across New York City after their two-week stint braving the elements.

 

Go forth and, yes, make music!

 

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