Make Music Winter: December 21, 2012

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Yoko Ono Imagine Peace

On December 21st, come together and sing John Lennon’s “Imagine” at the very moment Yoko Ono’s new video IMAGINE PEACE lights up sixteen Times Square billboards at 11:57pm.

IMAGINE PEACE is Yoko Ono’s worldwide initiative of anti-violence. In the film, the words “Imagine Peace” are written in 24 languages set over the tranquil imagery of a blue-sky background. The piece has been transformed into a multi-channel work specifically for Times Square, and spreads the message of peace across Times Square’s monumental screens simultaneously.

Says Yoko Ono: “It’s Time for Action, Action is Peace. Think Peace, Act Peace, Spread Peace, IMAGINE PEACE! Together we have the power to change the world. I LOVE YOU!!”

Singers will be led by Thomas McCargar. Presented in association with Times Square Arts, Art Production Fund, and the Times Square Advertising Coalition.

Start
Times Square (Broadway & 46th), 11:57pm

End
Times Square, 12:00am

How to Join
Gather by 11:45pm, ready to sing!

Yoko Ono is an award-winning multi-media artist and peace activist, who constantly challenges and stretches the traditional boundaries of sculpture, painting, theater and music. Her seminal performance art in the early 1960s, experimental films and collaborative music with John Lennon in the 1970s and international one-woman shows and retrospectives during the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s illustrate her varied career. Yoko Ono is well known for her peace initiatives both by herself and, later, for events created with her husband John Lennon: the two, week-long BED-INs for Peace and the legendary billboard and poster campaigns WAR IS OVER! (If You Want It). She is now widely known for her more recent events with her IMAGINE PEACE TOWER in Iceland and participatory WISH TREES throughout the world.

Thomas McCargar launched his singing career with the Grammy Award-winning men’s vocal ensemble Chanticleer, extensively touring the United States, Europe and Japan. He now lives in New York City, where he is a member of the acclaimed Trinity Wall Street Church Choir, and the Grammy Award-nominated early ensemble Pomerium. Thomas has also appreared with Musica Sacra, Early Music New York, VOX Vocal Ensemble, New York Virtuoso Singers, Collegiate Chorale, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, St. Thomas Church Choir, and Seraphic Fire, Miami’s professional chamber choir.

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Times Square Arts, the public arts program of the Times Square Alliance, presents leading contemporary art and performances in multiple forms and media to more than 400,000 daily visitors to NYC’s Times Square, making it one of the highest profile public arts programs in the US. Since its inception, Times Square Arts has featured works by a diverse group of more than four dozen prominent and emerging artists. Working in partnership with cultural institutions and festivals, the program is further supported by Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Rockefeller Foundation’s Cultural Innovation Fund, which works to spur and support cultural innovation in New York City’s creative sector.

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Art Production Fund (APF) is a public art initiative dedicated to commissioning, producing and presenting ambitious art projects by emerging and established artists. APF is committed to engaging audiences in creative ways by realizing socially relevant projects, which push the field of public art in new directions. APF’s unexpected and challenging projects are available to diverse audiences in locations that fall outside the realm of traditional art institutions.

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Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) is a trade association comprised of major advertisers, retailers, real estate firms, media companies and other businesses involved in the outdoor sign industry in Times Square, along with organizations representing Broadway and the community. Members of TSAC include: ABC Regional Sports & Entertainment Sales, Clear Channel Spectacolor, Daktronics, D3 LED, Digital Domination, Hines Management, Jamestown One Times Square, Lamar Advertising Company, Landmark Sign & Electric, Metro Media Technologies, Newmark Knight Frank, North Shore Neon, P.R.omotion!, Sherwood Outdoor, SL Green, The Times Square Alliance, The WOW Factor and Thomson Reuters.

Photo credit for Times Square image: James Ewing, courtesy of Art Production Fund