2019 Mass Appeal Concerts

Make Music New York’s signature series returns for its eleventh consecutive season! Mass Appeal Concerts give New Yorkers the chance to participate in the joy of making music by gathering musicians with an interest in a specific instrument at premier outdoor locations to perform together. These special concerts are devised for polished professionals, amateurs, students and the curious alike, so grab your instrument and join your peers.

Mass Appeal Vocals: Mozart’s Requiem
Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park
Mid-Park, enter from East or West Side at 72nd Street

(Photo: Kris Connor for Getty Images/NAMM)












Back by popular demand, singers of all skill levels are welcomed and encouraged to take part in a rousing performance of Mozart’s masterpiece in the heart of Central Park. Conducted by Douglas Anderson, Manhattan Borough Community College.

The Music and Art Department of the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), under the direction of Maestro Douglas Anderson, will present one of Mozart’s great musical masterpieces, and also his last: Requiem in D minor. Singers and instrumentalists are invited to register for this open-call performance of Mozart’s profound and solemn by visiting the special program’s Eventbrite page at Mozart’s Requiem.

If you are interested in performing as a featured soloist, please send an email listing your experience (and a short MP3 sample or website link, if possible) to the program’s intrepid organizer Melissa.

On June 21st, the gathering of participating musicians begins at 5:30 pm and the performance begins at 6:00 pm sharp.

This program is generously support by Casio and features Casio’s new Privia PX-S1000 keyboard.



Mass Appeal Guitars
Union Square Park, south steps
E 14th Street and Fourth Avenue











Make Music New York’s most popular Mass Appeal concert returns! In a special partnership, Local 802 presents Ann Klein – Broadway Guitarist, Composer & Singer/Songwriter.

Meet at the steps of the South Plaza in Union Square Park by 7pm to join our annual guitar group jam session. Walk-ups are welcome, but if you know you are coming, please send an email with the subject “I’m bringing my guitar to Union Square Park” to info@MakeMusicNY.org.

Featured guest instructor Ann Klein will kick off the hour by performing her own original music and then led the group play-along by sharing songwriting secrets and guitar technique tips that she has developed during her storied career. As a guitarist, Ann has performed as a featured soloist with Ani DiFranco and has written and/or recorded with artists including Kate Pierson (B-52s), Joan Osborne, Sherie Rene Scott, Laura Benanti and Todd Almond.  She held the first guitar chair at the Broadway show “Head Over Heels” and the off-Broadway show “Superhero,” and additional credits include “Grease”, “9 to 5”, “Everyday Rapture”, “Baby It’s You”, “Kinky Boots” and “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet”.

Free music booklets inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival are provided courtesy of Alfred Music.

Arrive early at 6pm sharp to enjoy a very special performance by the reggae-soul band Leon & The Peoples, led by actor and singer/songwriter Leon.



Mass Appeal French Horns
Worth Square
Fifth Avenue & W 25th Street












Join Linda Blacken and The French Horn Nation in an amicable aggregation of conical bore brass instruments, performing music from classical to jazz and beyond! Walk ups are welcome, but for additional information and to sign up ahead of time, email us at: lacornista@verizon.net.


Mass Appeal Harmonicas
Dana Discovert Center, Central Park
Central Park North & Malcolm X Blvd

(Photo: Getty Images for NAMM)












NYC-based virtuoso Jia-Yi He, (featured on “America’s Got Talent”), will lead a lesson designed for all ages and skill levels, including beginners, in which participants will receive a crash course on reading sheet music and playing by ear.

Learn to play (or come to show off)! NYC-based virtuoso Jia-Yi He (featured on “America’s Got Talent”), will lead a lesson designed for all ages and skill levels, including beginners, in which participants will receive a crash course on reading sheet music and playing by ear. The first one hundred participants to arrive will receive a free harmonic courtesy of Hohner! Walk up are welcome, but to guarantee a spot, email us ahead of time at: hejiayi@yahoo.com

Mass Appeal Mandolins
Richard Tucker Park
Columbus Ave & W 66th Street












The New York Mandolin Orchestra, now celebrating its 95th year, leads the 8th annual Mass Appeal Mandolins. Players of all skill levels are encouraged to join by contacting orchestra leaders at NYMandOrchestra@gmaill.com. Visit NYMandolin.org for additional details and to attend one of their weekly rehearsals.


Mass Appeal Ukuleles
Pilgrim Hill, Central Park
Just west of Fifth Avenue and E 72nd Street

Mass Appeal Ukuleles, MMNY 2009 (Photo: Greg Gatuso)
(Photo: Greg Gatuso)













Play and sing along with Makalina Abalos Gallagher, one of NYC’s premier uke players and organizer of the NYC Ukulele MeetUp group. Participants will receive free copies of Alfred’s learn-to-play book “It’s Ukulele Time” when they arrive! Walk ups are welcome, but if you know you are coming, email us at: makalina@gmail.com.


And, as part of the Porch Stomp! festival on
Governors Island on the special day of Sunday, June 23rd

Porch Stomp is a folk celebration unlike any other.  Set on the beautiful greenery of Governors Island, Porch Stomp! invites over 150 bands, artists and performing arts organizations to utilize the historic porches of Nolan Park as a pulpit for performance and education, highlighting artistry ranging from traditional folk to old-time, blues, roots, bluegrass and americana.  Now in its sixth year, Porch Stomp! offers more unique performance and educational opportunities than ever before with increased performance locations, workshops, food and drink vending, there are a million ways to get involved with Porch Stomp as a performer, student or viewer.  This year there’s no better way to spend a Sunday in June!

Mass Appeal Banjos
Fort Jay National Park, Governors Island












Hilary Hawke and the Wild Goats invite you to participate in the 3rd annual Mass Appeal Banjo Parade!  Banjo players of all styles are welcome to participate in this interactive processional through the grounds of Governors Island to kick off the Porch Stomp! Festival. Just BYOB (bring your own banjo) and be prepared to strum, pick, claw and frail your way through easy folk music standards!  Meet us at 11am at Fort Jay National Park and join the fun! Walk-ups welcome, but if you know you are coming, shot an email to parade leader Hilary Hawke or visit our Facebook event page.

A renowned teacher of old-time and bluegrass music, Hilary Hawke has been an active part of the NYC folk scene for over a decade.  As a player, she has performed and recorded extensively including with Miley Cyrus, the Tuvan-bluegrass crossover band Tuvagrass as well as recent broadway productions of Bright Star (Steve Martin, Edie Brickell) and the recently Tony-nominated production of Oklahoma!


Mass Appeal Shape Note Singing
Fort Jay National Park, Governors Island

Make Music New York’s first ever Mass Appeal for Shape Note Singers! led by Aldo Cesera and NYC Sacred Harp. More details to come.