The time has come. Music Marathon kicks off tomorrow evening at 8pm, in Regenstein Recital Hall (60 Arts Circle Drive on the Northwestern campus). You can watch the entire event live-streamed at www.musicmarathonconcert.org. I strongly encourage everyone to donate, even if it's just a couple dollars--every cent goes straight to The People's Music School and helps provide underprivileged kids with free music lessons.
So the hot question is: if you don't have time to watch all 26 hours, what should you tune in to? Our full schedule is here (all Central Standard Time). I personally wouldn't want to miss Billy Robin's Hep Cats playing In C at midnight. But less self-indulgently, I'm also excited for Ryan Muncy & Co. playing Louis Andriessen's Hout at 11pm; clarinetist Sam Rothstein playing Nico Muhly's It Goes Without Saying at 6:45AM; the brilliant ethnomusicologist Stephen Hill's Hillions String Band (he makes banjos! and helped me net my DAAD Grant!) at 2:15pm; and David Cohen's performance of Takemitsu's trumpet work Paths at 6:30pm.
And you would be remiss to not catch a contingent from YOURS, The People's Music School orchestra. YOURS is modeled after El Sistema, and it's a remarkable program--an elementary/middle school youth orchestra whose members rehearse 10 hours a week (that's almost twice as much as university orchestras), and love every minute of it. It's heart-warming to witness these talented kids, and that's what this event is all about. Hope to see you there.