Thursday, June 21, 2018

Mass Appeals Concerts

Make Music New York’s signature series returns for its tenth 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 Banjos
Governors Island on the special date of Sunday, June 24th at 12:00 PM

Open call! As part of the daylong Porch Stomp! festival celebrating the best in folk, bluegrass, old-time, blues, roots and Americana music, Hilary Hawke and the Wild Goats will lead banjo players on a parade around Governors Island. Walk ups are welcome, but if you know you will be participating, please email us for additional details at Porch Stomp!

Mass Appeal Bucket Drumming
Pearl Street Triangle on Water Street between Pearl Street & Anchorage Place in DUMBO Brooklyn from 5:00-6:00 PM

Using buckets and drum sticks provided by Make Music New York, learn to create grooves from rock, hip-hip, reggae and more in this interactive performance. Not a drummer? No problem! Professional drum-set player Jessie Nelson, alongside professional percussionist Shelby Blezinger-McCay, will offer tips and lead the jam. Bucket drums and Promark Drumsticks will be provided to participants, so just come ready to groove. Walk ups are welcome, but you can sign-up to receive materials and additional details by filling out a quick form at Bucket Drumming.

Mass Appeal French Horns
“Uptown Grand Central”community plaza
at E 125th Street & Park Avenue from 6:30-8:00 PM

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 French Horns.

Mass Appeal Guitars
Union Square Park at the steps of the South Plaza just north of 14th Street from 7:00-8:00 PM

Players of all ages and abilities are encouraged to join the fun in “Songs of Awesome,” a group play- and sing-along to beginner-friendly hits. The jam will be hosted by our friends from the NYC Guitar School and will include special appearances by the teen co-chairs of Guitar Mash: Evie Dolan, Brandon Niederauer and Maxwell Violet.

Come early to receive free guitar lessons from instructors and students of NYC Guitar School from 6:00-7:00 PM!

To get song charts, tutorials and advance info, visit us at Guitars.

Mass Appeal Harmonicas
Central Park’s Pond Lawn at the southeast corner of the park from 5:30-7:30 PM
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 Harmonicas.

Mass Appeal Mandolins
Theodore Roosevelt Park at Columbus Avenue & West 79th Street from 6:30-7:30 PM

The New York Mandolin Orchestra, now celebrating its 94th year, leads the 7th annual Mass Appeal Mandolins. Players of all skill levels are encouraged to join by contacting orchestra leaders at Mandolins.  Visit for additional details and to attend one of their weekly rehearsals.

Mass Appeal Ukuleles
Central Park’s Ladies Pavillion, Off of Central Park West and W 75th Street 
from 5:30-7:30 PM

Play and sing along with Makalina Abalos Gallagher, one of NYC’s premier use 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 Ukes.

Mass Appeal Vocals: Mozart’s Requiem
9/11 Memorial plaza at 180 Greenwich Street from 12-1:30pm

The Music and Art Department of the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) will present one of Mozart’s great musical masterpieces, and also his last: Requiem in D​ minor. Singers and instrumentalists are invited to this open-call performance of Mozart’s profound and solemn work. The gathering of participating musicians begins at 12:00 noon and the performance begins at 12:30 PM sharp. For additional information on how to participate, go to Mozart’s Requiem.

Special thanks to Mass Appeal supporters: