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MegitzQuartet performs St. James Cathedral Commons 2012 Make Music Chicago.

Megitza Quartet performs at St. James Cathedral Commons at the 2012 Make Music Chicago.

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Updated: June 21, 2013 4:33PM

Children or adults, amateurs or professionals, talented or not-so-talented — everybody is welcome to sound a few notes, sing along or just listen as part of Make Music Chicago, a daylong celebration happening Friday at more than 40 sites across the city. All the events, organized by Rush Hour Concerts, are free. Here is a look five of the most unusual:

How about some house music outside theclub? DJs show off their distinctive sounds from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the Midway Plaisance, 731 E. 60th, during an event curated by Taigo Onez of WHPK 88.5 FM.

† Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” is great in the concert hall, but Quintet Attacca is offering a twist on the children’s favorite by presenting it at the Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark. The group’s interactive version with narrator Mark George will take place from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

† Not to be confused with Chicago’s big musical extravaganza in Grant Park, Sousapalooza offers anyone a chance to join in performing favorites by America’s march king, John Philip Sousa. Gather in Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington from noon to 12:45 p.m.

† You’ve heard of beer crawls. How about one devoted to pipe organs? Listeners can hop, skip (or crawl) to three nearby churches for short recitals: 11:10-11:40 a.m., St. Chrysostom Episcopal Church, 1424 N. Dearborn; 12:10 p.m.-1 p.m., Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut, and 1:20-2 p.m. St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron.

† Here’s your chance to try the harmonica. As part of a street party from 7 to 9 p.m. on the St. James Commons at Wabash Avenue and Huron Street, harmonica master Joe Filisko leads an all-ages jam at 8:10 p.m., with 100 harmonicas donated by Hohner Inc.

For a listing of all events, visit

Kyle MacMillan is a local free-lance writer.

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