This season, Carnegie Hall's Link Up program makes its debut on
the international stage through new partnerships with orchestras in
Japan, Spain, and Canada, and is set to reach approximately 200,000
students worldwide. Through a collaborative effort between Carnegie
Hall's Weill Music Institute and Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado
de Asturias (OSPA) in Oviedo, Spain, a Spanish-language edition of
the Link Up: The Orchestra Moves curriculum was
delivered to students and teachers in Spain this January. Below,
OSPA Executive Director Ana Mateo discusses how Link Up made the
leap from Carnegie Hall to northern Spain.
Ana Mateo: Rossen Milanov, our music director,
talked about the program in one of our working sessions to prepare
this season. [Mr. Milanov conducts the Orchestra of St. Luke's for
Link Up at Carnegie Hall]. The possibility of implementing it here
in Spain became a reality when I travelled to New York to see Link
Up myself. I had no doubts.
AM: At OSPA, we like to work closely
with the schools and the teachers. Our educational concerts are
always prepared with prior work in the classroom and with different
levels of participation. We have kids on stage and kids in the
hall, and they interact with each other in order to show what they
have been working on at school. Link Up was the perfect next step
for us, with the whole audience participating with the orchestra in
what I feel will be a great experience for them. The printed guides
make a big difference, as well. The quality of the materials is
exceptional and a great help for the teachers. It can work as a
curriculum itself for the whole term. The show, including the
visuals to help the kids, is just amazing and works very well.
A professional development session for participating Link Up teachers in Spain.
AM: I participated in the translation of
the curriculum guides into Spanish with the awesome team at
Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. It has been a great pleasure
for me to work on this and to be involved in this way. I came to
know not only every single detail of the guides, the songs, and the
visuals, but also how much WMI cares for what they do. I have had
much fun in our discussions about every single word and nuance.
AM: We were already very interactive
with the schools, but this is a big challenge for them and for us.
In the professional development workshops, we all come closer and
get to know each other from a different perspective. I feel all
this work we are doing now will help us to keep challenging
everybody in the future.
AM: Quality is one of our goals. I
believe that if we offer quality, our audience will look for it and
be able to recognize it and call for it again. Link Up has this
quality. Link Up is also fun, which, in the end, is what classical
music is about. It requires an effort which is great reward in
itself. We should transmit this to kids: Effort has value. I hope
they will work hard at school in order to have great fun playing
with us. If they want to come back again, we will have done a good
Stay tuned for more news about Link
Up's premiere in Spain this May!
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