Solstice Event

Prospect Heights Community Farm, in partnership with Make Music New York (MMNY), is hosting a Summer Solstice Celebration on Friday, June 21 — and you’re invited!

We’ll update this post with more information about performers, open mic sign-up and other logistics. We can’t wait to see you!

Featured Performers

Peace of Heart Choir is a volunteer New York City choir that came together shortly after 9/11. Their singers come from all five boroughs and perform 20 outreach concerts a year. They aim to promote healing, diversity, community bonding and mutual understanding through music. The choir performs free of charge for communities in need. They have a vast repertoire, including world music, standards, pop, Broadway, folk, etc. — they sing it all!

Peace of Heart Choir believes that the power of music is universal. The music they sing reflects the ethnic, racial and cultural backgrounds and traditions of their membership and audiences. They encourage audiences to sing along, and they also remain after their performances to bond with audience members. The conductor, Robert René Galván, is a published poet, who will also share his poetry.

Andrew Pichardo is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter guitarist with bolero, bachata and bossa nova influences. His songs are sung in both English and Spanish. His guitar work is in the vein of Jobim and Gilberto.Andrew describes his lyrics as “sensual, flourished with imagery inspired by the plants and ambience of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden,” where he does most of his writing.

Jiwon Choi is a poet, preschool teacher and urban gardener. She is the author of One Daughter is Worth Ten Sons and I Used To Be Korean. Choi’s third poetry collection will be published by Spuyten Duyvil in 2024.  She started her community garden’s first poetry reading series, Poets Read in the Garden, to support local writers. You can find out more about her at She will be reading work from her new book of poems, A Temporary Dwelling.

Samantha White is a New York-based flutist who has performed throughout North America and Europe, including concerts at Lincoln Center, Centre Universitaire Méditerranéen, NPR’s “From the Top” and most recently, an orchestral residency with members of the Orchestra of the Americas and soloist Yo-Yo Ma. She lives at the Unruly Collective in Bushwick, developing as a musician and writer in a variety of musical styles.

This evening’s set is a mix of classical and original music inspired by nature and community. Being able to play music inspired by these things, while at a beautiful event and garden featuring them is such a special opportunity that Samantha cannot wait to share with everybody! As somebody new to the Brooklyn area and community, she can’t wait to learn more about what this community embodies and see what artistic inspiration this leads to.

Event Logistics

  • Doors open at 4:30 PM
  • Food is welcome. Please pack in and pack out. Trash cans will not be provided
  • Seating is limited, so bring your own folding chairs or stool!
  • In case of rain, the event will be canceled
  • Please reach out to with any questions!
  • If you would like to share our event, here is a public link for easy distribution

Open Mic Details

  • Sign up through this form or register day-of
  • We will provide 2 mics and 2 microphone stands, but please bring any additional equipment you will need

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