The noise of the city will sound a little more joyful today.
Make Music New York returns for its fifth year of musical processions, impromptu concerts and unique symphonies made possible by unique spaces from the Bronx to Brooklyn.
Whether you have any talents in yodeling or dancing, or the best you can do is press Play on your smartphone, there’s no artistic ability required to take part in the mini music festivals going on around the city all day.
Check out the full schedule , which has starting times and exact locations for all events. We rounded up five unique ones that anyone can take part in:
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Bell by Bell: Be among the first 70 people to arrive at the DUMBO Archway by 6 p.m. to get a color-coded bell from artist Tom Peyton. Each bell plays a different note, and a team of conductors will tell you when to ring it using flags as you walk along to Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The Gaits: Returning this year is the High Line Soundwalk, where the free Gaits app turns your footsteps into various sounds, from dulcimer notes to splashes and even applause (who doesn’t deserve a little of that for navigating the city successfully?) The procession begins at 5 p.m. at the Gansevoort stairs.
Pilgrimage: Singers of any ability are invited to join a processional of professional Early Music singers, who will carry lanterns and recite medieval-era songs as they walk from West Park Presbyterian Church (Amsterdam Avenue and West 86th Street) beginning at 6 p.m. to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
Prelude: Thomas McCargar will lead a group of singers in an arrangement of Bach’s G-Major Cello Suite No. 1 beginning at 4 p.m. on a half-hour walk beneath the bridges and archways of Central Park.
Village in Volume: Participants in this walk through Greenwich Village, led by percussionists Amy Garapic and Noam Hassenfeld, will improvise music on various objects, from frying pans to street furniture, beginning in Washington Square Park (4:30 p.m.).