Link Up, the Weill Music Institute’s national music education program for grades 3–5 concludes the school year locally with six energetic and interactive children’s concerts performed over three days, May 22, 23, and 25, in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. Approximately 15,000 students and teachers from the New York City area will attend and participate in an hour-long performance featuring the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, conductor Rossen Milanov, and composer and host Thomas Cabaniss. This year’s program, The Orchestra Moves, explores musical movement using motifs, melodic direction, steps and leaps, and orchestration, and the final concerts will include music by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Bizet, Offenbach, and Arvo Pärt, as well as a newly commissioned piece by Thomas Cabaniss and choreographer Hilary Easton. Over 50 students from NYC schools will perform recorder or violin on stage with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at each performance, joining their peers in the audience who will perform from their seats. Link Up pairs orchestras—in New York and across the country—with schools in their local communities, inviting them to learn about orchestral repertoire through a hands-on music curriculum composed of three distinctive, year-long program guides: The Orchestra Rocks (exploring rhythm), The Orchestra Sings (exploring melody), and The Orchestra Moves. Utilizing curriculum materials provided by WMI (free of charge to national partners), teachers guide students in exploring music through a composer’s lens, with students participating in active music making in the classroom, performing repertoire on recorder, violin, or voice, and taking part in creative work such as composing their own pieces inspired by the orchestral music they have studied. At the end of the school year, Link Up students attend a culminating concert in which they sing and play recorder or violin with the orchestra from their seats.Link Up’s national partnerships grew out of the program’s ongoing work with New York City schools, through which Carnegie Hall has engaged hundreds of thousands of students in musical learning since the program's inception in 1985. Link Up will reach over 160,000 students across the country this season pairing with 30 orchestras nationwide. Link Up works with many new national partner organizations inviting them to take advantage of free curriculum materials, in-depth online audio and video resources, and professional development web seminars as they produce Link Up programs in their own communities.National Link Up partners during the 2011–2012 season include:• Acadiana Symphony Orchestra • Albany Symphony Orchestra• Austin Symphony Orchestra • Carnegie Hall–Lewisburg, West Virginia• Dallas Symphony Orchestra• El Paso Symphony Orchestra• Elgin Symphony Orchestra • The Florida Orchestra • Fort Wayne Philharmonic • Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra• Gulf Coast Symphony • Hartford Symphony Orchestra• Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra • Kansas City Symphony • Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra • Meridian Symphony Orchestra • Mississippi Arts Commission • Mississippi Symphony Orchestra• Omaha Symphony • Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra • Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra • South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra• South Carolina Philharmonic• Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra • Spokane Symphony• St. Louis Symphony• The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra• Tupelo Symphony Orchestra • The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra• Vocal and Instrumental Teaching Artist Academy (VITA)• West Michigan Symphony Next season, the number of national Link Up partners will increase to over 40 orchestras and organizations, with the number of students reached expected to increase significantly compared to this year, with approximately 200,000 young people taking part in Link Up concerts nationally. WMI’s Online Resource Center will allow Link Up members to take advantage of the free high-quality curriculum materials, in-depth online audio and video resources, and professional development webinars as they produce Link Up programs in their own communities.For more information about Link Up please visit: carnegiehall.org/LinkUp About Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute The Weill Music Institute creates broad-reaching music education and community programs that play a central role in Carnegie Hall’s commitment to making great music accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Woven into the fabric of the Carnegie Hall concert season, these programs occur at Carnegie Hall as well as in schools and throughout neighborhoods, providing musical opportunities for everyone, from preschoolers to adults, new listeners to emerging professionals. With access to the world’s greatest artists and latest technologies, the Weill Music Institute is uniquely positioned to inspire the next generation of music lovers, to nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and to shape the evolution of musical learning itself. The Weill Music Institute’s school and community programs and online initiatives annually serve more than 350,000 children, students, teachers, parents, young music professionals, and adults in the New York metropolitan area, across the US, and around the world.
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