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Link Up: The Orchestra Moves - Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute Brings Together Thousands of New York City Students and Teachers for Interactive Concerts with Orchestra of St. Luke's and Conductor Rossen Milanov, May 19-21

Link Up, Carnegie Hall’s music education program for grades 3–5 celebrates its 30th year with dozens of energetic and interactive children’s concerts across the United States and abroad this spring, including six performances in New York City over three days, May 19–21, in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. The program and concerts are presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.

During the 2014–2015 season, approximately 14,000 New York City students and teachers participate in The Orchestra Moves, which explores musical movement through a range of orchestral repertoire, including Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, and “Toreador” from Bizet’s Carmen. The culminating concerts feature engaging interactive performances from special guests together with Orchestra of St. Luke’s, conducted by Rossen Milanov, and hosted by composer Thomas Cabaniss. Complete with dancers, percussionists, and stimulating multimedia displays, students participate in a concert experience that lets them discover ways in which the orchestra moves.

In addition to these May performances in New York City, with the addition of 14 new partner orchestras this year, Link Up curriculum and program materials are now being shared for free with more than 70 orchestras across the country from Alaska to Florida, as well as in Canada, Spain, and Japan, serving approximately 300,000 students and teachers around the world. With materials created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, Link Up pairs orchestras with students at schools in their local communities to explore orchestral repertoire and fundamental musical skills, including creative work and composition, through a hands-on music curriculum. The highly participatory music curriculum is composed of three distinctive, year-long program guides: The Orchestra Moves (exploring movement within music), The Orchestra Sings (exploring melody), and The Orchestra Rocks (exploring rhythm). These materials are designed for use in classrooms throughout the school year, helping students prepare to take part in a culminating concert by their local orchestra at which they sing, play the recorder, or play the violin with the orchestra from their seats.

“We are thrilled to take Link Up, our long-running music education program originally created for third through fifth graders throughout New York City, and provide it free-of-charge to partners around the world in ways that they can adapt for use in their own communities,” said Sarah Johnson, Director of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. “Through this hands-on program that encourages creative participation, we hope to build a broad community dedicated to bringing great music to young people.”

“It is wonderful to have a ready-made curriculum that teaches the students basic music concepts along with recorder technique,” said Carolyn Vokoun, a music teacher from the Cathedral Basilica School in St. Louis, Missouri. “The kids really look forward to the program, and they are learning valuable skills that can be transferred to other instruments as they grow older.”

For a full list of National Link Up partners during the 2014–2015 season, please click here.

About Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute
The Weill Music Institute creates visionary programs that embody Carnegie Hall’s commitment to music education. With unparalleled access to the world’s greatest artists, WMI’s programs inspire audiences of all ages, nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and harness the power of music to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. WMI’s programs are designed to facilitate creative expression, develop musical skills and capacities at all levels, and encourage participants to make lifelong personal connections to music. The Weill Music Institute also generates new knowledge in the area of music education through original research and shares a wide range of free online resources with teachers and music lovers around the globe. Nearly 450,000 people each year engage in the Weill Music Institute’s programs through national and international partnerships, in New York City schools and community settings, and at Carnegie Hall. This includes over 300,000 students and teachers worldwide who participate in WMI’s Link Up music education program for students grades 3 through 5, made possible through Carnegie Hall partnerships with over 70 orchestras in the US, Canada, Spain, and Japan. For more information on WMI, visit carnegiehall.org/education.
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