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Celebrate “Make Music Day” While Making Dad’s Day!

Looking for something fun to do this coming Sunday? As you celebrate Father’s Day, why not have music streaming live from “Make Music Pittsburgh”? You can let music accompany your day from morning until night. The event will be live streamed through the Make Music Pittsburgh facebook page. Check out fun interactive sessions like Slippery Rock University’s Bash the Trash where you can turn trash into musical instruments. Go to the main Make Music Day website and find ways to participate! There is a lot to explore, so gather your family and make some music to help celebrate international “Make Music Day”! Here’s some information on the history of the event, from the official “Make Music Day” website:

It all started 38 years ago in France.

In 1982, France’s Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They imagined a day where free, live music would be everywhere: street corners and parks, rooftops and gardens, store fronts and mountaintops. And, unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music, or host performances. The event would take place on the summer solstice, June 21, and would be called Fête De La Musique. (In French, the name means both “festival of music” and “make music!”)
Amazingly enough, this dream has come true. The Fête has turned into a true national holiday: France shuts down on the summer solstice and musicians take over. Almost 8% of the country (5 million people) have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fête de la Musique.

Three decades later, the holiday has spread throughout the world and is now celebrated in more than 120 countries. In the U.S., the presenting sponsor is the NAMM Foundation.

If you want to learn more about how you can participate, click the link here to go to the official Make Music Day website. There, you’ll be able to find resources on live streams, schedules, and more. You can access the Pittsburgh Chapter here.

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