MERIDEN – The city calls for local artists and music lovers to join the very first international music day on Tuesday.
The city will offer free live music in two venues on the date of the summer solstice. The city’s leisure coordinator, Kathy Matula, directs the efforts of the city and encourages participation, including budding musicians, of any level of competence.
“I love the spirit of this community celebration where anyone can play music for others and hopefully be inspired to continue developing their musical skills,” Matula said in a press release.
Sponsored by the New Haven County Council for the Arts, the Meriden event will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the West Main Street Midtown Plaza – across from the Senior Center – and at the Rosa Ponselle Memorial Stage – at the Augusta Curtis Cultural Center.
The public is invited to listen or register to play.
“Meriden continues to grow as a recognized hub for live music and we are delighted to help promote artists of all abilities on Make Music Day,” said David Cooley, organizer of the Olde Church Concert Series. . “Kathy Matula has done a good job by involving the elderly and children, and we will have raw amateurs and established pros who will make music throughout the day. We still have slots available for anyone who wishes to participate.
International Music Day began in Paris 40 years ago to provide free live music on the summer solstice. Sites around the world include street corners, parks, roofs, gardens, store stores and mountain peaks.
Mayor Kevin Scarpati, a famous crooner, is due to deliver a proclamation at 1 p.m. at the West Main Midtown Plaza site. The director of Meriden Senior Center, Rick Leigl, will run a circle of drums with the children of the Meriden Summer Playground program at noon. Father-son duo Pat and David Coffey will launch music on West Main Street at 11 a.m., followed by Frank Critelli de Meriden at 11:30 am. The famous singer-songwriter Joe Flood must play at 4.30 p.m.
The Rosa Ponselle stage will host Philomena Nesci with her father, while Inner Groove will also perform. Plenty of slots are still available at both venues, free T-shirts will be available for the first 50 attendees at each spot. For more information or to participate, go to https://www.makemusicnewhaven.org/ and scroll down to Meriden Venues to request a timeslot.
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