Choirs, rock bands, symphonic strings, street-side pianos inviting spur-of-the-moment improvisation — Make Music Day will come to Ridgefield, giving the season of beach radios and outdoor concerts a rousing kickoff on June 21, the summer solstice.
“We’re having music in the street, everywhere,” Jennifer DiLaura of the Ridgefield Arts Council told the selectmen.
“Make Music Ridgefield is a part of the international Make Music Day movement which brings free, community-wide, outdoor musical celebrations to hundreds of cities worldwide!” says a release from the arts council, which is organizing the event.
“Make Music Ridgefield will feature musicians of all abilities and music from any genre,” the arts council says. “Sidewalks, parks, front porches, and public spaces throughout the city will become stages for local musicians to perform and for all to enjoy. Everyone is invited to participate in this international day of music by performing, providing an outdoor space, appreciating, or volunteering. It’s all for the love of music!”
The Board of Selectmen endorsed the town’s participation in an event that now involves over 1,000 communities around the world, and began as a national music day in France — “Fete de la Musique” — in 1982.
“It looks to be a great day,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said. “Hopefully, the weather cooperates. I don’t think there are many people who don’t like music. It’ll be a lot of fun and hopefully, bring a lot of people to town to support our local merchants.”
“Every nonprofit in town will have some sort of live musical performance going on either in front of or inside their storefronts,” said Suzanne Brennan, executive director of the Lounsbury House, which plans to have student musicians from Bach to rock playing on the building’s front porch.
The goal is uniting nonprofits to local musicians, particularly student musicians
Make Music Ridgefield is sponsored by the Ridgefield Arts Council as part of its effort to generate attention for Ridgefield’s vibrant arts community. “We hope to inform, entertain and inspire those who appreciate and create art in all its genres,” the council said.
“Please contact us if you would like to be involved at ridgefield@makemusicday.org.
“Put June 21 on your calendar,” DiLaura told folks at the April 3 selectmen’s meeting. “And we hope to see you strolling town the street — and maybe stop and play.”