Make Music Day sounds off on June 21

Beethoven to boogie-woogie, all manner of music will ring out in Ridgefield’s village as international ‘Make Music Day’ blossoms to raucous life on Main Street on Friday, June 21.

Steinway of Greenwich will be donating a piano which will be placed on Main Street for anyone to stop by and play during Make Music Day.

Special guest artist Jon Batiste, who is performing that evening at the Ridgefield Playhouse, is expected to stop by during the day for an impromptu Make Music Day performance. “Thanks to Allison Stockel from the Ridgefield Playhouse for making this happen,” said local organizers from Make Music Ridgefield.

Many other events, performances and play-it-yourself activities are planned.

The School of Rock will be hosting an “instrument petting zoo” near the stage in Ballard Park, offering anyone the opportunity to try out a new instrument.

The Ridgefield Library will host a community sing-a-long with Cantor Deborah Katchko-Grey at 1 p.m.

Members of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra will be playing in front of town hall at 12:30 p.m. They will be joined by members of the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra.

Make Music Ridgefield welcomes all musicians, singers and music makers to register online at, but registration is not required to participate. Businesses that would like to host can register at the same site.

Make Music is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21.

Different from a typical music festival, Make Music Day is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — is invited to got out into streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.

Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, the celebration is now held on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries.

Locally, it has the support of the Ridgefield Arts Council, a town appointed committee founded in 1997 with a mission to inform, entertain, and inspire those who appreciate and create art in all its genres. The council generates attention for and facilitates collaboration between members of Ridgefield’s arts community.

Make Music Day is presented by the NAMM Foundation, and coordinated by the Make Music Alliance.

More information is available at: ridgefield@makemusicday.or