The free all-day musical celebration on the winter solstice brings out New Yorkers of all ages and musical ability to sing, play, march and dance their way across streets, parks, plazas and other public spaces across the five boroughs.
Make Music Winter, which launched in the city in 2011 and is expanding nationwide with 30 US cities participating, is the cold-weather counterpart to Make Music Day, the annual global celebration of music occurring on June 21, the summer solstice.
Make Music Winter’s innovative projects transform New York’s cityscape for a single day and have become a hallmark of the holiday season. Make Music Winter in NYC is presented by The NAMM Foundation and produced by Make Music New York.
Highlights of 2018 Make Music Winter in Queens and Brooklyn will include:
Noon - Queens Second Line Swing (Corona Plaza to the Louis Armstrong House Museum, Corona, Queens) – Singers, jazz instrumentalists and dancers of all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to join this participatory New Orleans-style second line parade featuring rambunctious, soulful songs from Roz Nixon’s musical “Dedication to Louis Armstrong.”
Leading international jazz vocalist Antoinette Montague will lead the Dixieland-swing-march and the second line will feature a stellar brass ensemble that includes saxophonist Patience Higgins and trombonist Frank Lucy. The second line will perform classic Armstrong call-and-response standards such as “Saints Go Marching In,” “Basin Street Blues” and “You Rascal You.” Lyric sheets will be available. This program is produced by Roz Nixon Entertainment.
Noon - Winterize (Brooklyn Botanic Garden) – The fifth iteration of a special participatory performance of Schubert’s 1828 song cycle Winterreise, created by Chris Herbert, returns to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Baritone and rising star Tobias Greenhalgh will lead the performance, which migrates throughout newly restored sections of the Garden, stopping at locations that reflect the vivid imagery of Wilhelm Miller’s poetry and Schubert’s music.
Audience members will provide the musical accompaniment via hand-held radios that emit the original music accompaniment.
4:32 pm (sunset) - Flatfoot Flatbush (Flatbush Avenue through Prospect Heights) – Dancers, fiddlers and pickers will parade down Flatbush Avenue playing old-time tunes while flat footing, a form of percussive dancing from Appalachia.
Participants will learn the fundamental steps of this rhythmic dance form and have a chance to practice with the Flatfoot Flatbush String Band!
Led by members of the City Stompers and the Make Music New York Porch Stomp festival organizers, Flatfoot Flatbush traverses Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, along vibrant Flatbush Avenue, with dozens of stops along the way to play, dance and sing.
The fun will continue at an after-party featuring music and dance sets by the Wild Goats and the Flatfoot Flatbush Band. This program is produced by Nick Horner and Theo Boguszewski in association with the North Flatbush Business Improvement District, and made possible with support from M&T Bank, Con Edison and New York Road Runners.