June 21 – the summer solstice and the Fête de la Musique. The festival began in Paris but is now celebrated across the county, an all-night, all- free festival of music. People of every age and interest take to the streets for a magical night of music. In Paris, the longest day of the year features all types of music spread across a world capital that offers a sweeping bow and an uplifting halleluiah to the pleasures of music.
Children dance to the sweet sounds of a Chamber orchestra in Place Dauphine. Indian dancers in full costume perform in front of Notre Dame. Rock throbs through the Place de la Republique, and classical orchestra sounds sweep through the extravagant courtyard of the Palais Royal.
Tonight’s Palais Royal recital at 6:00 is “Prom’nons us in the voice,” presented by a choir of 150 students from Paris and 30 elementary school teachers in music education. Afterwards four unique artists will perform until midnight, offering attendees a diverse range of music.
This is the 32nd year of the festival in Paris, but the events are now celebrated throughout the world. We think it is particularly special, in light of so many hardships and uncertain times, to imagine people united by music throughout the world. From Bordeaux to Brisbane and Marseille to Miami, people will turn from everyday concerns to a night of celebration.