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Make Music New York to premiere Philip Glass composition

music Updated: Jun 20, 2012 16:28 IST

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To celebrate the first day of summer, June 21, musicians will take to the streets, parks and plazas in 460 cities around the world, from Paris, where the Fête de la Musique began, to Brisbane and Buenos Aires, to entertain people for free outdoors.

Across North America, from Santa Fe to Chicago, the event is called Make Music, and its biggest expression is in New York City, where more than 1,000 concerts occur, including funk, punk, sing-ins and jazz parades, with musicians invited to bring their instruments and play along.

Highlights include the world premiere of a new commissioned composition by Philip Glass for his 75th birthday, called The New Rule. Singers are welcome to join in the choral piece performed in Times Square with soprano Rachel Rosales and accompanist Raymond Nagem.

Four improvising jazz groups will roam the length of the High Line park, while the Gospel Parade is a sing-along tour through the streets of Park Slope.

Maritime Rites, a 40-minute piece by composer Alvin Curran, is to be performed with 80 musicians on the shores of Central Park Lake for its acoustics.

Mass Appeal features 23 single instrument concerts with everyone invited to participate. There are accordion performances, bagpipes, ouds, ukuleles, humming and toy pianos, as well as cellos, guitars and saxophones.

Punk Island, a signature event, features 50 punk bands playing on Governors Island, this year scheduled for June 24.

In its sixth year, Make Music New York is the largest music festival in Manhattan.

Musical performances also occur in Germany, Egypt, Morocco, Vietnam, Cameroon, Fiji, Colombia, Nepal, and Japan with performances by bands, orchestras, hip hop acts, Latin artists and more.