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Link Up: Around the World

The 2012–2013 season saw significant growth for Link Up, Carnegie Hall’s program for students in grades 3–5, which now partners with 42 orchestras across the nation and around the globe. As we jump into the busy school year ahead, we’d love to reflect upon the incredible dedication of our Link Up partner orchestras, teachers, and student musicians! Here are some highlights:

Left: Fort Wayne Philharmonic presents Link Up: The Orchestra Moves.  Right: The West Michigan Symphony celebrates its ninth year of Link Up.

“Such a fabulous program! What an awesome concert! May 10, 2013, will be a day to remember for thousands! Thank you, Carnegie Hall!” —Liz Aylor, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra

Left: Jacksonville student’s notes in Link Up workbook. Center: Students engaged and excited with cellos at Buffalo Philharmonic. Right: Link Up performers sing and play with The South Carolina Philharmonic.

“Can’t get ‘Come to Play’ out of my head! #linkupproblems” —Megan Dubois, Maryland Symphony Orchestra

Left: Students are ready to go at the Kansas City Symphony. Right: First-year partner Seattle Symphony sets up for Link Up: The Orchestra Sings.

In May, representatives from 34 partner orchestras traveled to New York to learn more about how to present Link Up within their communities.

Above: Led by teaching artist Richard Mannoia, participants play through Link Up repertoire prior to attending the interactive concert at Carnegie Hall. Photo by Chris Lee.

While we’ve already shared the experience of Link Up’s overseas debut in Spain, we closed our season on the other side of the globe. This July, while we here in New York were busy reflecting on our own concerts at Carnegie Hall and looking ahead to the 2013–2014 season, the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, presented its first Link Up concert, capping almost two years of collaboration in creating a Japanese Link Up adaptation.

Above: Japanese students learn about the families of the orchestra during Link Up: The Orchestra Sings in Sapporo.

Above: Students in Sapporo join Link Up conductor—and principal bassoonist of The Philadelphia Orchestra—Daniel Matsukawa in a performance of the Japanese traditional tune “Furusato.”

During the 2013–2014 season, 58 orchestras will participate in Link Up in the US, Canada, Japan, and Spain. Learn how you can join us as a Link Up partner.

For those who live near NYC, there is still time to register for the concerts that will take place at Carnegie Hall. Learn more here.