• Monday, Apr 15, 2013

    Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute Brings Together Thousands of New York City Students and Teachers for Interactive Concerts with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and Conductor Rossen Milanov, May 21-24 

    WMI’s Link Up Program Expands Globally, Partnering with Over 40 Orchestras Across the US and in Canada, Spain, and Japan 
    Link Up, Carnegie Hall’s music education program for grades 3–5 celebrates its 28th year with dozens of energetic and interactive children’s concerts across the United States and abroad this spring, including eight performances in New York City over four days, May 21–24, in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. The program and New York concerts are presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.

    Approximately 16,000 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. Additionally, around 50 New York City school students will perform on stage with the professional musicians at each Link Up concert. In this year’s program, The Orchestra Rocks, students explore rhythm and discover how composers play with elements of musical time, creating patterns of sound and silence that are expressive and exciting. The program will include music by Holst, Tchaikovsky, Carl Orff, Thomas Cabaniss, and Terry Riley.

    In the highly participatory Link Up program, students are given the opportunity to join their local orchestra in a final concert after learning to sing and play the recorder or violin in their classrooms throughout the school year. Link Up connects grade-school classrooms with professional, community, and university orchestras, providing partners with age appropriate, hands-on music curriculum. Each year, partners choose among three distinctive, year-long program guides: The Orchestra Moves (exploring movement within music), The Orchestra Sings (exploring melody), and The Orchestra Rocks (exploring rhythm). WMI provides curricula materials for use in classrooms, as well as program resources for an interactive, culminating concert during which students perform prepared repertoire along with the orchestra on voice, strings, or soprano recorders.

    The Weill Music Institute continues to significantly increase the number of students participating in Link Up, working with many new national and international partner organizations and 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. In total, Link Up will reach over 200,000 students and teachers through partnerships with over 40 orchestras throughout the US and Canada, having also recently welcomed Link Up partner orchestras in Asturias, Spain, and Sapporo, Japan this season.

    The following national and international Link Up partners are gearing up for their year-end concerts in the coming weeks:
    • Austin Symphony (May 20 24, 27, 29)
    • Fort Wayne Philharmonic (May 15)
    • Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (April 30, May 1, 2, 3 & 7)
    • Kansas City Symphony (April 19, May 1 & 2)
    • Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony–Canada (April 23 & 24)
    • Maryland Symphony Orchestra (May 8 & 9)
    • Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (May 10)
    • Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias–Spain (May 16 & 17)
    • Rockford Symphony Orchestra (April 26)
    • Snohomish County Music Project (May 4)
    For a full list of National Link Up partners during the 2012–2013 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, the Weill Music Institute inspires audiences of all ages, nurtures tomorrow’s musical talent, and harnesses the power of music to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. An integral part of Carnegie Hall’s concert season, these programs 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 generates new knowledge through original research and shares a wide range of free online resources with educators and music lovers around the globe. More than 400,000 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.

    Program Information
    Tuesday, May 21 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
    Wednesday, May 22 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
    Thursday, May 23 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
    Friday, May 24 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Orchestra of St. Luke's
    Rossen Milanov, Conductor
    Thomas Cabaniss, Host
    Shanna Lesniak, Vocalist
    Mandy Gonzalez, Vocalist
    Christian Figueroa, Vocalist
    Black Fire Percussion
    Susan Fenichell, Director
    Dan Scully, Video and Projection Designer
    Mary Louise Geiger, Lighting Designer
    Townsend Olcott, Production Stage Manager

    THOMAS CABANISS "Come to Play"
    ORFF Carmina Burana
    GUSTAV HOLST "Mars, the Bringer of War" from The Planets, Op. 32
    TCHAIKOVSKY Allegro con fuoco from Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36

    Lead funding for Link Up is provided by the Robertson Foundation.

    Major support for Link Up has been provided by The Irene Diamond Fund, with additional funding from The Ambrose Monell Foundation, Wells Fargo, the Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust, and The Barker Welfare Foundation.

    Link Up in New York City schools is made possible, in part, by an endowment gift from The Irene Diamond Fund.

    The Weill Music Institute's programs are made available to a nationwide audience by an endowment grant from the Citi Foundation.

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