• Tuesday, May 3, 2011

    Over 15,000 Children To Perform at Carnegie Hall, May 24-26, in Spring Link Up Concerts



    Link Up Set to Reach An Additional 75,000 Students Across the U.S. in the Next Year

    This May, the Weill Music Institute’s Link Up music education program concludes the school year with five interactive and engaging children’s concerts, entitled The Orchestra Sings, at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage from May 24–26. Over 15,000 New York-area students, grades 3–5, will enjoy an hour-long performance featuring the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, conductor Rossen Milanov, composer and host Thomas Cabaniss, and renowned Broadway vocalist Nathaniel Stampley (The Lion King).

    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. Utilizing curriculum materials provided free-of-charge by WMI, 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 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 where they sing and play recorder or violin with the orchestra from their seats. Select classrooms, chosen by audition, have the opportunity to perform onstage or be featured through video submissions at the final concerts.

    In New York, the theme of this year’s classroom work and concert program is The Orchestra Sings with students 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.”

    This year, for the first time, Carnegie Hall West Virginia (in Lewisburg, WV)—a national Link Up partner since 2003—will send 12 students to perform on stage at the May 26 Link Up concert in New York City.

    Schools selected to perform at this year’s Link Up concerts at Carnegie Hall also include:

    PS 69 Q (Queens, NY)
    PS 278 M (New York, NY)
    Marymount School (New York, NY)
    PS 161 M (New York, NY)
    PS 261 K (New York, NY)
    PS 200 (New York, NY)
    Crichton Elementary (Quinwood, WV)
    PS 169 Q (New York, NY)
    Bet Shraga School (Albany, NY)
    Elisabeth Morrow School (Englewood, NJ)
    PS 94 Q (Queens, NY)
    PS 165 Q (New York, NY)
    Washington Elementary School (Union, NJ)
    Wintergreen School (Hamden, CT)
    Mustard Seed School (Hoboken, NJ)
    Resurrection Grammar (Rye, NY)
    PS 368 M (Brooklyn, NY)
    PS 84 Q (Queens, NY)

    Link Up Partners Across the Country

    In addition to Link Up activities in New York City, since 2003, WMI has partnered with local, professional, community, and university orchestras to offer Link Up at sites across the United States. Through these partnerships, along with key initial support of the United States Department of Education, Carnegie Hall aims to support orchestras’ existing education programs, strengthen their partnerships with local schools, and provide the highest quality curricula, resources, professional development, and other support.

    Next season, the number of national Link Up partners will increase from 16 to over 24, with the number of students reached expected to double compared to the previous year, with approximately 90,000 young people taking part in Link Up concerts nationally. WMI’s Online Resource Center will allow Link Up members to take advantage of 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.

    National Link Up partners during the 2011–2012 season include:

    • Acadiana Symphony Orchestra
    • Albany Symphony Orchestra
    • Austin Symphony Orchestra
    • The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Carnegie Hall–Lewisburg, West Virginia
    • Dallas Symphony Orchestra
    • El Paso Symphony Orchestra
    • Elgin Symphony Orchestra
    • Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
    • Gulf Coast Symphony
    • Hartford Symphony Orchestra
    • Kansas City Symphony
    • Las Vegas Philharmonic
    • Meridian Symphony Orchestra
    • Mississippi Arts Commission
    • Mississippi Symphony Orchestra
    • Omaha Symphony
    • Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra
    • South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
    • South Carolina Philharmonic
    • St. Louis Symphony
    • The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra
    • Vocal and Instrumental Teaching Artist Academy (VITA)
    • West Michigan Symphony  
    For more information about Link Up please visit: http://www.carnegiehall.org/Education/Link-Up/

    The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall
    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 annually serve over 170,000 children, students, teachers, parents, young music professionals, and adults in the New York metropolitan area and across the US, with more than an additional 100,000 people taking advantage of WMI’s online music education resources.

    Program Information:
    Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 10:15 AM and 11:45 AM
    Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 10:15 AM
    Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 10:15 AM and 11:45 AM


    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Orchestra of St. Luke's
    Rossen Milanov, Conductor
    Thomas Cabaniss, Host
    Nathaniel Stampley, Vocalist
    Amy Justman, Vocalist
    Lynelle Jonsson, Vocalist
    Susan Fenichell, Director

    THOMAS CABANISS "Come to Play"
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN "Ode to Joy" from Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 (Arranged by Thomas Cabaniss; Lyrics by Jill Gallina)
    JOSEPH BRACKETT "Simple Gifts" (Arranged by Robert Maggio)
    ANTONÍN DVORÁK Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, "From the New World", Mvt. 2 "Largo"
    AARON COPLAND "I Bought Me a Cat"
    THOMAS CABANISS "To Make Words Sing"
    IGOR STRAVINSKY Firebird Suite (1919 version), Mvt. 5 "Finale"
    THOMAS CABANISS "Come to Play"

    Link Up is made possible through the generous support of The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation, The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, the Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust, and The Barker Welfare Foundation.

    The Weill Music Institute’s programs are made available to a nationwide audience, in part, by the US Department of Education and by an endowment grant from the Citi Foundation.



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