June recognized as Columbia Music Month with events across the city
Columbia’s City Council declared June as Columbia Music Month during Tuesday’s council meeting.
The proclamation by City Council recognizes the contributions of music to the culture of the Midlands as well as its ability to stimulate the local economy and tourism.
Several musical performances are scheduled for the month of June across the city.
The Southeastern Piano Festival hosted by the University of South Carolina begins Sunday and offers a week’s worth of classical piano shows at various venues around Columbia.
The second annual Make Music Columbia, which was created to bring people together through music, kicks off June 21 to mark the summer solstice.
Make Music Columbia is part of International Make Music Day, which was launched in 1982 by the nonprofit Make Music Alliance to offer a free celebration of music. In the past 30 years, the organization has spread to 700 cities and 120 countries.
One Columbia for Arts and History, the city’s promotional arm for the arts, along with Rice Music House and WXRY FM are encouraging people of all ages — professionals and amateurs — to come out to play instruments or create music at designated plazas, parks and storefronts.
“Columbia is a tremendously talented city,” said Lee Snelgrove, executive director of One Columbia for Arts and History. “We’re fortunate to have such a large number of professional musicians and we hope to highlight that creativity and talent on June 21st.”
Participants are encouraged to sign up for the day-long event by the registration deadline of June 19. Make Music Columbia is free and open to the public.
Other musical events for the month include the Southern Guitar Festival, the Conductors Institute of South Carolina for aspiring music conductors and the Savvy Musician in Action workshop for musicians, performing artists and educators.