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Make Music New York is returning with 1,200 free outdoor concerts on June 21

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Photograph: Eva Schn Make Music New York 2010

One of New York’s largest music events, the annual Make Music New York, is returning to the city for the ninth time this year with 1,200 free outdoor concerts across all five boroughs. From string quartets on street corners to opera singers in parks, the musical celebration is the flagship event of Make Music Day which floods the streets of 20 US cities with live music every year.

Any musician can sign up to perform at businesses, schools, churches, parks and more at the event, which features music ranging from intimate sing-alongs to giant, over-the-top spectacles. Here are a few highlights of new events coming to the festival this year and you can check out a map with all of the day’s activities here.

• A new series Exquisite Corpses will liven up six NYC burial grounds with improvised music. New York artists will perform at locations including Grant’s Tomb, the Marble Cemetery, St Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, Trinity Church Cemetery and Madison Square Park (which used to be a potter’s field.)

Pop Up Musicals will feature numbers and medley from NYC-centric musical all around Manhattan. A U-Haul will make its way through the city, letting out performers to hit an audience with a flash musical theater performance before loading up and moving on to the next location. (Talk about On The Town.)

• Also new this year, the Sousapalooza will pack Bryant Park with 200 wind band musicians to perform classic marches including a new Guerrilla Fanfare by composer Kevin James. Definitely not a parade you want to pass you by.