CITY OF MUSIC

Houston Joins International Celebration of Music This Summer

Make Music Day Houston will take place on the longest day of the year, June 21.

By DeVaughn Douglas April 15, 2022

Make Music Day returns to Houston for a second year. Image of saxophonist on the lawn of Buffalo Bayou Park in 2021. 

In 1982, France’s Ministry of Culture launched an international music celebration dubbed Fête de la Musique, or “festival of music.” On the summer solstice, music of all genres would fill the streets, rooftops, gardens, storefronts and city dwellings on the longest day of the year. 

Since then, Make Music Day has spread to more than 1,000 cities in more than 120 countries, with Houston being one of 90 U.S. cities participating in the festival last year. 

Earlier this week, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the 2022 Make Music Day and is inviting Houstonians to join in on the festivities on Tuesday, June 21. For the musicians in Houston, it is a welcome opportunity to flex their musical chops on the festival’s 40th anniversary.  

“The last two years have been challenging,” says Alex Navarro, president of the Houston Professional Musicians’ Association. “Sadly, the arts have been an industry that has suffered severely, but this musical celebration provides a vehicle to get our Houston musicians performing again and allows an opportunity for Houstonians to continue to support the arts and their local musicians.” 

The festival will kick off with a ceremony and a series of performances at City Hall. Houston’s French Consulate will take the lead on programming with a symphonic music concert of popular French movie soundtracks. There will also be community activations and live music collaborations throughout the city, with the Midtown Cultural Arts District sign being wrapped with a new design in honor of Juneteenth and Arts District Houston hosting Nameless Sound, a 17-person orchestra. 

With the date a few months out, there is more in the works and, for musicians who want to be part of the celebration, the city is calling on people of all ages and skill levels to participate. 

For more information on Make Music Day and to register to participate, visit here

 

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