Saturday, June 21 marks the official start of summer and what better way to celebrate than with music in the streets!Thats the idea behind Make Music New York (MMNY), part of a worldwide music celebration, which brings over 1,000 local performers and groups to neighborhood parks and other outdoor spaces throughout Brooklyn and its four sister boroughs. Sunset Park residents have participated in MMNY for all of its eight years, alternating between surprising shoppers outside local businesses on Fifth Avenue and holding block parties. This year, the music will kick off at noon outside the AT&T store between 51st and 52nd Streets and a trolley will shuttle shoppers and revelers up and down Fifth Avenue between 35th and 64th Streets. The lineup includes Katherine Class at noon, a community Open Mic at 12:30 p.m., Musicians-In-Training at 1 p.m., NuevoHit at 1:30 p.m., Regina Opera Companys Italian opera and Broadway melodies from 2-3 p.m., Brooklyn-based CLOSENUFs pop and rockabilly anthems from 3-5 p.m., and Amistads alt-rock from 5-6 p.m. Music is such an important part of everyones life, so whenever we have an event, we try to have music, said Renee Giordano, executive director of the Sunset Park Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District, which is sponsoring the event and booked the trolley for the day. So this would be natural, to have impromptu music while people are shopping. Since this year, June 21 falls on a Saturday, we just tried to hold a larger event. One year it was on Fathers Day, one year it was raining and performers still came, Giordano said. Its just a thing that people like. Once the music starts, we get a crowd. Francine Garber, producer at Regina Opera, which has its home-base at Our Lady of Perpetual Helps auditorium, said it was a no-brainer to participate in the days festivities. We thought it sounded like fun, she said. And we expect it to be beautiful weather, which has been wretched this winter, so people are really enjoying getting out into nice fresh air. In addition to the music, there will be free face-painting for children outside of Sunset Park, at 43rd Streets on Fifth Avenuethe original planned music location, which was moved due to park restrictions for amplified music.
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