There are performances on street corners, in parks, in houses of worship and in other locations, and all invite onlookers to participate by dancing, drumming, etc.
Here are just three of the events planned:
Alpine Echoes, with avant-garde vocalist Joan La Barbara, uses the hilly environs of Washington Heights as a natural setting for anyone who might crave the Alpine (and Appalachian) thrill of yodeling across an urban valley at noon. More details here.
At 3pm, (harmless) drones will strike Astoria with Decantations, composer Ravi Kittapa’s parade led by sruti boxes, easily playable Indian drone instruments. Originally inspired by Make Music Winter, Decantations has been performed all over the country, and is open to all sustaining instruments; this year it comes to NYC and joins MMW for the first time. More details here.
The popular bicycle parade through Prospect Park, which started with BLINK in 2013 and continued with Wheels in 2014, turns into a trilogy with RPM by P. Spadine of Ashcan Orchestra. Beginning at 5:30pm, riders will travel in groups, following scores transmitted from lead bikes using special helmets embedded with lights, which will cue bicycle bells of different pitches. All three parts of the trilogy will be performed. More details here.
There’s still time to volunteer to help safely shepherd each Make Music Winter parades through NYC streets, document each event in photos or video, and a few other tasks. Interested? Sign up here for the volunteer role of your choice.
Find a full schedule of Holiday Events in NYC
on the NYCOTC holiday events page.