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Date: May 7, 2014 | Contact: Matt Carlson | Tel: 212-903-9751 | E-mail: [email protected]

Six Concerts at Carnegie Hall by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s from May 20-22
Reach More Than 15,000 New York Area Students and Educators

Link Up Continues to Expand Globally, Partnering This Season with 60 Orchestras and
Thousands of Teachers and Students Across the US and in Canada, Spain, and Japan


 This spring, Link Up—Carnegie Hall’s music education program for grades 3 to 5—concludes its 29th school year with thrilling interactive children’s concerts in communities across the United States and abroad, including six performances in New York City over three days, May 20–22, in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. More than 15,000 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. The program and concerts are presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.

In this year’s program, The Orchestra Sings, New York area students have explored melody through a range of colorful orchestral repertoire in preparation for the culminating concerts at Carnegie Hall, where they will perform along with the orchestra by singing and playing the recorder or violin. The program includes music by Beethoven, Dvořák, Mendelssohn, Stravinsky, Thomas Cabaniss, and Jim Papoulis. The Orchestra Sings is one of three distinctive, year-long Link Up curriculums, along with The Orchestra Moves, examining musical movement, and The Orchestra Rocks, an exploration of rhythm.

In addition to the students and teachers participating directly with Carnegie Hall in New York City, orchestras across the country and around the world are now taking part in Link Up. Partner orchestras can utilize any of the program materials—including teacher and student guides, concert scripts, and concert visuals—in their own communities, free of charge, to engage local students and teachers in musical learning and exploration. Over the past school year, 60 orchestras and thousands of teachers—from Alaska to Florida, as well as internationally in Canada, Spain, and Japan—have introduced over 250,000 students to the joys of orchestral music through Link Up. Next year, Link Up continues to expand, reaching an estimated 70 orchestras and communities around the world. For a list of partner orchestras, click here.

In addition to New York concerts at Carnegie Hall, upcoming Link Up concerts include those by:

  • Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (Jacksonville, FL), April 30–May 9
  • Maryland Symphony Orchestra (Hagerstown, MD), May 7–8
  • West Michigan Symphony (Muskegon, MI), May 7
  • Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (Niceville, FL), May 8–9
  • Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (Fort Worth, TX), May 13–14
  • Eugene Symphony (Eugene, OR), May 13
  • Hartford Symphony Orchestra (Hartford, CT), May 13
  • Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra (Bentonville, AR), May 15–16
  • Madison Symphony Orchestra (Madison, WI), May 15
  • St. Louis Symphony (St. Louis, MO), May 15
  • Lansing Symphony Orchestra (Lansing, MI), May 16
  • Austin Symphony Orchestra (Austin, TX), May 19–28
  • San Antonio Symphony (San Antonio, TX), May 20–22
  • Navarra Symphony Orchestra (Pamplona, Spain), May 21
  • Snohomish County Music Project (Marysville, WA), May 22 and June 6
  • Naples Philharmonic / Artis—Naples (Naples, FL), May 24
  • Vocal and Instrumental Teaching Artists Academy (VITA) (Sacramento, CA), May 27–28
  • Rogue Valley Symphony (Ashland, OR), June 3

What people are saying about Link Up:

“We were not divided in the usual categories of performers and listeners. But rather our listeners were here for exactly the same reason as the orchestra and I—to make music!” – Conductor Rossen Milanov

“This experience has brought our entire community together and has helped us to be seen as a valuable resource for our local music teachers.” – Jenny Krueger, Executive Director, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and Conservatory of Music

“My favorite part of the Link Up program is that it brings the classroom to the real world. Students hone their skills at school to become proficient musicians, then take their show on the road to perform with professionals. It gives them a real sense of ownership and accomplishment.” – Patrick Dow, Teacher, Pawtucket, Rhode Island (partner orchestra: Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra)

“Link Up has made the South Carolina Philharmonic accessible for my students. Prior to their participating in this program, most of my students didn’t know that the philharmonic existed or what it was. But now that they have become ‘part of the orchestra,’ they have broadened their horizons and some even attend concerts on their own with their families.” – Linda Collins, Teacher, West Columbia, South Carolina

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 20 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
Wednesday, May 21 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
Thursday, May 22 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
Christian Figueroa, Vocalist
Mandy Gonzalez, Vocalist
Shanna Lesniak-Whitney, Vocalist
Soyeong Park, Violin
Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band
Susan Fenichell, Director

JOSEPH BRACKETT “Simple Gifts” (arr. Robert Maggio)
THOMAS CABANISS “To Make Words Sing”
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN “Ode to Joy” from Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 (arr. Thomas Cabaniss; lyrics by Thomas Cabaniss)
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK Largo from Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, “From the New World”
FELIX MENDELSSOHN Allegro molto appassionato from Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64
TRADITIONAL “Bought Me a Cat” (arr. Thomas Cabaniss)
IGOR STRAVINSKY Finale from Firebird Suite (1919 version)

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

Major support for Link Up has been provided by The Irene Diamond Fund and the Siegel Family Endowment, with additional funding from The Ambrose Monell Foundation, Wells Fargo, the Britten-Pears Foundation, 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, in part, by an endowment grant from the Citi Foundation.

Photo at top of release by Jennifer Taylor  

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