Day of Music celebrates the diversity within Houston's musical community with 25 performances on six stages in and around Jones Hall. The festival closes with the Houston Symphony Chronicle Concert at 8 p.m., featuring the Houston Symphony performing music by Ravel, Weber and Shostakovich conducted by Fabien Gabel with soloist Lin Ma, clarinetist and 2014 Ima Hogg Competition winner.
The 25 performances offer musical samplings of a wide variety of genres, including jazz, rock, blues, acoustic guitar, drum ensembles, mariachi, salsa, zydeco and more. Various chamber music ensembles, student groups and community choirs will also perform an assortment of classical music throughout the day.
Audiences can participate in harmonica clinics taught by the Houston Blues Museum at 2:15 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Lower Lounge. Family activities include kid-friendly arts and crafts, face painting and balloon artistry from noon to 4 p.m. and a musical instrument petting zoo from noon to 3 p.m.
Also featured will be the winner of Backstage/OL's Kickstart Your Band competition, in which local groups submit performance footage leading up to the festival to be voted on by a panel of judges and via social media.
Strictly Street Salsa will offer a Latin dance experience with free 30-minute Salsa lessons on the balcony level at 2, 3:30, 5 and 6:30 p.m.
Between performances, concertgoers can walk across Louisiana Street to Jones Plaza to sample food truck fare from Bernie's Burger Bus, Coreanos, The Waffle Bus, Happy Endings, Eatsie Boys, Monster PBJ, Oh My Gogi, Soul Cat Cuisine, Texas Blizzard and Chi'lantro BBQ. In the evening, free refreshments will be provided by Saint Arnold Brewing Co.