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Make Music Day Rochester 2018

Rochester Celebrates Summer Solstice with “Make Music Day” Events

ROCHESTER, NY, APRIL 22, 2018 – Happy Earth Day!  In less than two months’ time, Rochester’s streets will be filled with music.  The Community Design Center Rochester (CDCR) is excited to announce that the second annual Make Music Day in Rochester, NY will take place on the summer solstice, Thursday, June 21, 2018.  Make Music Day is a one-day event in which free live musical performances, opportunities to make music, and other musical happenings take place on the longest day of the year.  Festivities in Rochester are part of a global celebration of music-making in over 700 cities, inspired by France’s Fête de la Musique.

Make Music Day invites everyone–from professional musicians to people who have never picked up an instrument–to join in the celebration by attending one or more of our many events.  Performances are scheduled all around the Rochester area from 12:00 Noon to 9:00PM.

Music strengthens social connectivity, reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, stimulates memory, and is integral to a well-rounded, enjoyable life.  CDCR Executive Director Maria Furgiuele says, “At the Design Center we focus on activating communities and bringing people together.” Event organizers hope this event will help activate frequently overlooked spaces (e.g. parks and lawns) with music, and with each musical performance help to strengthen and spread joy across Rochester.

National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) members and partners from coast to coast, including Rochester’s own Bernunzio Uptown Music, will open their doors and join in their communities’ Make Music Day celebrations.  June 21 is the perfect day to stop into a local music store for some gear or to go out and play music–whether it’s for the first time or the thousandth.

There are many ways you can participate in Make Music Day.  To:
– Be a venue
– Be a performer
-Be a sponsor

Go to to get more information and register.

To attend, visit and review performance listings—or merely wander through the streets on June 21 and discover the musical soundscape of our beautiful city.  All performances are free to create and to attend.
For more information contact or call Maria Furgiuele at (585) 271-0520.

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