June 2021

Sound of Gong Signals Grief and Anticipation in Wake of Pandemic Year

Jun 28, 2021
Georgia College Music Department Chair Don Parker plays a gong with two mallets during This Moment in Time. The hourlong public event formed the local celebration of Make Music Day. Photo by Michael Gillett

Each year on or around the Summer Solstice, musicians and music lovers around the world come together to fill the year’s longest day with song, from beginning to end.

Make Music Day began in 1982 in France and has spread around the world in the years since. During the celebration, people gather together in public and play music between noon and 1 p.m. local time. With celebrants in more than 1,000 cities across 120 counties, the public performance of music spans the globe and all 24 time zones.