Over 15,000 Children Link Up with Orchestra of St. Luke's
This week, the Weill Music Institute’s Link
Up music education program concludes the school year with five interactive
children’s concerts at Carnegie Hall. Over 15,000 New York-area students,
grades 3–5, are visiting the hall for an hour-long performance called
The Orchestra Sings, featuring the Orchestra of St. Luke’s,
conductor Rossen Milanov, composer and host Thomas Cabaniss, and renowned
Broadway vocalist Nathaniel Stampley (The Lion King).
The performance in action, as students join in with recorders from the audience. Photo: Adrienne Stortz.
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 year-long hands-on music curriculum provided free-of-charge by the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall.
Buses from 18 schools across the region line up outside Carnegie Hall. Photo: Adrienne Stortz.
Link Up 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, voice, or body percussion and taking part in creative work such as composing.
Students playing recorders onstage with the Orchestra of St. Luke's. Photo: Adrienne Stortz.
In New York, students are exploring the concept of melody through a range of colorful orchestral repertoire. Music featured in the final concert includes Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World” (second movement); Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”; and Copland’s “I Bought Me a Cat.”