With a guitarist, violinist, drummer and a singer encouraging participation, all ages are invited to hit the stage to join in songs like “This Little Light of Mine” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.”
“It’s really exciting to see mommies, daddies, grandparents, great-grandparents and young, young children singing and dancing and being a part of the music,” adds Prelude’s director Ana Treviño-Godfrey.
“Not just receiving the music,” she adds, but “really being a part of music-making.”
When: 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
Where: MATCH, 3400 Main
Details: Free; matchhouston.org
There are songs in Spanish, too, in addition to “what we call songs without words… giving even babies a chance to really jam with us,” she says.
“It’s about … building community through making music together,” she says of the 45-minute concerts.
Art from stage to sidewalk
With 10 family-friendly performances taking place throughout the free event, the aim of MATCH’s annual celebration is to expose families to the types of local arts organizations that perform at the facility, says MATCH’s managing director Kirk Markley.
There’s a DJ to add to the fun, and food is for sale.
Open Dance Project will take the stage to perform dance numbers inspired by “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” The group’s aerial-based work, which involves skillfully climbing silks, is something children find mesmerizing each year, Markley says.
The sound of Houston
At events like these, “it’s great to see families that really represent our entire city… building life-long musical memories together,” Treviño-Godfrey says.
Music has the power to “bring the community together as one, no matter our background, no matter what we look like, whatever your different values might be,” she says. “When we’re making music, we feel like one. We feel united.”
“We know that parents are their children’s most important role models,” says Owen. “Children learn from what their parents do and will feel comfortable making music” when they see their parents do so, she says.
Allison Bagley is a Houston-based writer.