Thursday, June 21, 2018

2017 Mass Appeals Concerts

2017 Mass Appeals Concerts

Make Music New York’s signature series returns for its ninth 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 locations to perform in unison. These special concerts are devised for both polished professionals, amateurs, students and the curious alike, so grab your instrument and join your peers at one of this year’s Mass Appeal Concerts.


Mass Appeal Accordions

Bryant Park 7:00-9:00pm
Bryant Park, Brooklyn Accordion Club, American Accordionists Association and Ariana’s List present The Great Accordion Rendezvous with a special two-set evening. At 7pm, The Brooklyn Accordion Club holds their monthly Accordion Open Mic; sign up at At 8pm, Melissa Elledge will lead accordionists in Terry Riley’s minimalist masterpiece “In C.”


Mass Appeal Banjos

Governors Island on the special date of Saturday, June 17 at 12:00pm
The 4th Annual Porch Stomp! festival includes a special jam session for banjo players of all styles and skills to be held at historic Nolan Park on Governors Island.



Mass Appeal Cellos

Bushwick Inlet Park, Brooklyn at 7:00pm
A specially designed hour length work for all skill levels by NYC-based composer Adam Cuthbert welcomes cello players to meet at this recently opened park along the East River. Presented in partnership with NYC Parks’ Arts, Culture & Fun programs.



Mass Appeal Djembes

Mullaly Park, Bronx at 5:00pm
An open call to NYC’s djembe and African hand drumming community. Organized by Djembe players from the NYC African dance scene and led by Talu Green from the Broadway show FELA!






Mass Appeal Electronic Instruments

NYU, 35 W 4th St, Room 303 at 3:00-5:00pm

Hans Tammen of NYU will lead an ensemble of electronic instrument players. To participate and for more information, email View video clips of previous versions of the program at



Mass Appeal French Horns

Madison Square Park 6:30–7:30pm
Linda Blacken and The French Horn Nation, an amicable aggregation of conical bore brass instruments, will lead players in selections from classical to jazz and beyond. Professionals, amateurs, and students are all welcome.



Mass Appeal Guitars

Union Square Park, south steps at 6:00pm
Songs of Freedom, Songs of Peace
Bring your guitar at 6:00pm for free guitar lessons from teachers and students of NYC Guitar School.  Then, from 7:00-7:30pm, join a jam and sing along with songs of freedom and peace, including “If I Had a Hammer,” “Redemption Songs” and “Give Peace a Chance.”  For more information, links to song charts and lessons, and for a schedule of free practice sessions, visit



Mass Appeal Harmonicas

Central Park’s Pond Lawn at 5:30-7:30pm
This solstice, Hohner is donating harmonicas to Make Music Day events across the country to spearhead a national day of harmonica playing! Here in NYC, the initiative will be led by virtuoso Jia-Yi He (featured on “America’s Got Talent”), who will lead a lesson designed for all ages in which participants will learn to read sheet music and play by ear. Contact to register and suggest songs, but don’t delay: the first 100 registrants will receive a free harmonica courtesy of Hohner!



Mass Appeal Mandolins
Theodore Roosevelt Park from 6:00-8:00pm
The New York Mandolin Orchestra, now celebrating its 92nd year, leads the 5th annual Mass Appeal Mandolins. Players of all skill levels are encouraged to join by contacting orchestra leaders at Visit for additional details and to attend one of their weekly rehearsals.





Mass Appeal Recorders
Straus Park from 7:00-8:00pm
Deborah Booth will lead the participants in performing a selection of classical and early recorder music.





Mass Appeal Ukuleles
Pilgrim Hill, Central Park at 5:30-7:30pm
Play and sing along with Makalina Abalos Gallagher, one of NYC’s premier uke players and organizer of the NYC Ukulele MeetUp group. Featuring Kala artist Gracie Terzian. Participants will receive copies of Alfred’s learn-to-play book “It’s Ukulele Time” and have a chance to win a brand-new Kala ukulele!



Mass Appeal Bucket Drums
Tompkins Square Park from 4:00-6:00pm
Matt Finch will lead the participants in performing a selection of rhythms and grooves on bucket drums with the generous drum stick donation from Vic Firth.





Mass Appeals are made possible with the generous support of The NAMM Foundation and the Music Performance Trust Fund




Special thanks to Mass Appeals instrument sponsors and other supporters: