Art + Culture

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with music

Make Music Winter is back for a fifth year on Monday, December 21, 2015, the shortest day of the year. From The Bronx to Williamsburg, twelve participatory musical parades will welcome winter as they wind through streets, parks, and other public spaces in four of the city’s five boroughs. Amateurs and professionals, singers, fiddlers, bell ringers, smartphone users – all are invited to take part.

This year Make Music Winter is coming to DUMBO with Bell by Bell–a parade for handbells by composer Tom Peyton. Tom will distribute seventy color-coded handbells to participants, one color per note. At the front of the parade, a team of conductors waves corresponding colored flags to lead the group in slowly moving music, written by a variety of composers. When the conductors raise their red and green flags, everyone with red and green bells start ringing, and so on for each color, creating a sonorous, atmospheric soundscape.

What’s a parade for handbells, you ask? This:

The parade begins at 6:00 pm at the DUMBO Archway and ends at Brooklyn Bridge Park (at Old Dock Street). Bring the kiddos! Bring the grandparents! All are invited to join–no musical experience is necessary.