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Wednesday, 20 April, 2016

Half of Schools Served Have a Free and Reduced Lunch Rate of 60% or Higher
3,300 Students Also Participate in Teaching Artist Residency Programs
Link Up Uses Hands-On Music Education Curriculum From Carnegie Hall

Seattle, WA — On May 11, 18 and 19, Link Up: Seattle Symphony will engage over 10,000 students and teachers in 107 public and private schools from 28 school districts across the Puget Sound region in an unforgettable experience when they join the Seattle Symphony in a live performance. Following months of preparation in their own schools led by their classroom teachers, music teachers or Seattle Symphony Teaching Artists, students will become part of the orchestra by singing and playing the recorder or violin from their seats.

Laura Reynolds, Director of Education & Community Engagement: “Link Up not only connects students to a live orchestra experience, but also encourages them to fully participate in the music-making process. Teachers report that their students not only learn music through this program, but they also learn citizenship, teamwork and perseverance. We believe the arts are a powerful vehicle for engaging kids in school and we’re thrilled that our partner schools are enthusiastic about sharing this unique experience with their students.”

Link Up is a highly participatory multi-year music curriculum for 3rd to 5th graders. Over the course of each year’s program, students learn to sing and play orchestral repertoire while focusing on specific concepts, including rhythm, melody, tempo, orchestration and composition. Using materials provided free of charge by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute to 80 partner orchestras around the world, 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. The culminating performance at Benaroya Hall often serves as students’ first concert experience and provides them with the opportunity to apply the musical concepts they have studied.

Last year, the Highline School District adopted Link Up districtwide for all 4th-graders at all 18 elementary schools. The Seattle Symphony is a community arts partner with the City of Seattle and Seattle Public School’s Creative Advantage Program, and fully supports their goal of achieving arts equity by 2020. The program serves a wide variety of students across the Puget Sound region including those who are economically disadvantaged. Half of schools served have a free and reduced lunch rate and/or English language learner rate of 60% or higher.

This year, the Seattle Symphony provided 107 participating schools with Link Up materials and professional development workshops and resources for teachers at a low cost of $2 per student. Schools serving low-income families receive the materials at a discounted rate. Additionally, Seattle Symphony Teaching Artists are providing teaching activities in 20 different five- or 10-week residency programs in local classrooms, serving 3,300 students. This season, one additional school is piloting a 20-week residency program. Students participating in the residency programs receive their own recorders donated by local nonprofit Music4Life. Prior to this year’s program, the Seattle Symphony served a total of over 27,000 students through Link Up.

This year’s curriculum theme, The Orchestra Moves, shows how composers and musicians move music through melodies and motifs, and how music can move us. The concerts will include a range of symphonic works such as Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro Overture, J. Strauss, Jr.’s The Blue Danube Waltz, Bizet’s Les Toréadors from Carmen, and the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. In addition, award-winning Seattle musician Eduardo Mendonça will perform his own “Criançando Medley” and his ensemble Show Brazil! will conclude the performance with Andre Filho’s “Cidade Maravilhosa.” Seattle Symphony Assistant Conductor Pablo Rus Broseta will conduct the orchestra and the concert will be hosted by guest artist Jessica Skerritt with guest singers Katherine Strohmaier and Jessica Milanese.

Photo credit: Brandon Patoc

Link Up School Concert Program

  • Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 19, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.

Link Up: The Orchestra Moves

  • Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor
  • Jessica Skerritt, host
  • Katherine Strohmaier, vocalist
  • Jessica Milanese, vocalist
  • Show Brazil!
    • Eduardo Mendonça, apito and repinique
    • Nadine Waldmann, vocals & shaker
    • Dave Pascal, surdo
    • Steven "Caxambu", agogô
    • Sam Esecson, tamborim
  • Seattle Symphony

JACQUES OFFENBACH Can-Can from Orphée aux enfers
(“Orpheus in the Underworld”)
Johann Strauss, JR. The Blue Danube Waltz
(arr. Tom Cabaniss)
FELIX MENDELSSOHN Nocturne from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61
(arr. Tom Cabaniss)
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Overture to Marriage of Figaro
GEORGES BIZET Les Toréadors from Carmen
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Allegro con Brio [mvmt 1]
EDUARDO MENDONÇA Criançando Medley”
ANDRÉ FILHO “Cidade Maravilhosa”
(arr. Tom Cabaniss and David Rosenmeyer)

The Seattle Symphony’s Family, School & Community programs are supported by 4Culture, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, The Boeing Company, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation, Chihuly Garden & Glass, The Clowes Fund, Inc., the Elizabeth McGraw Foundation, the Fales Foundation Trust, the League of American Orchestras, Richard and Francine Loeb, Kjristine Lund, Music4Life, Music Works Northwest, the National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, the Peg and Rick Young Foundation, Peo Tours, Inc., Seattle Pacific University, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, the Snoqualmie Tribe, Christine and Michel Suignard, Ten Grands Seattle, the U.S. Bank Foundation, UW Autism Center, Weill Music Institute, Wells Fargo and the Wyman Youth Trust.

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 450,000 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.

About the Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony is one of America's leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history. Under the leadership of Music Director Ludovic Morlot since September 2011, the Symphony is heard from September through July by more than 500,000 people through live performances and radio broadcasts. It performs in one of the finest modern concert halls in the world — the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall — in downtown Seattle. Its extensive education and community engagement programs reach over 65,000 children and adults each year. The Seattle Symphony has a deep commitment to new music, commissioning many works by living composers each season. The orchestra has made nearly 150 recordings and has received two Grammy Awards, 21 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades. In 2014 the Symphony launched its in-house recording label, Seattle Symphony Media.

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