Mar 18, 2014 5:27 PM by PRESS RELEASE

Acadiana Symphony Orchestra participates in Carnegie Hall's Link Up program

Link Up! is a unique educational experience that enables students in grades 3-5 to sing, compose, play the recorder, and explore orchestral repertoire over a school year. The students explore a core of musical concepts each year by use of materials provided free-of-charge by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute (WMI). Instructors guide students in participating in exploring music through a composer's lens, with students participating in active music making in the classroom, performing repertoire on recorder, voice, or body percussion and taking in creative work such as composing their own pieces inspired by the orchestral music they have studied.

As a part of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra's 2013-2014 season, the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra is proud to collaborate with Carnegie Hall's WMI to present WMI's Link Up! program. This year's theme is "The Orchestra Rocks!" Link Up! students will explore rhythm, pulse, and groove, drawing on selections such as Gustav Holst's "Mars-the Bringer of War" from The Planets and "O Fortuna!" from the Carmina Burana."The Orchestra Rocks" also includes an exciting drumline piece that will feature percussion students from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Attending a Link Up! concert is an unforgettable experience - the orchestra and students performing onstage, as well as two thousand participating students in the audience singing and playing recorders in unison and harmony make for a remarkable performance made possible by many teachers, parents, and volunteers.

Jennifer Tassin, Education Director of ASO who coordinates the Link Up program, sums it up:

"Link Up is not your typical symphony concert. It is highly interactive with students in and out of their seats for a full 60 minutes. It is a wonderful opportunity for students of all ages to showcase their musical talents through song and dance. Students remember this experience and await this concert all year round! The music teachers are so thankful to offer classical literature to their elementary students in such a fun way that includes concepts across the curriculum."

Participating schools are:

· Dozier Elementary
· Epiphany Day School
· Episcopal School of Acadiana
· Ernest Gallet Elementary
· Evangeline Elementary
· Forked Island Elementary
· Herod Elementary
· Indian Bayou Elementary
· J.S. Clarke Magnet Academy Choir
· Lafayette High School Fine Arts Survey Classes
· LeBlanc Elementary
· L. Leo Judice Elementary
· Myrtle Place Elementary
· Plantation Elementary
· Ridge Elementary
· St. Pius Elementary Band and Choir
· Woodvale Elementary
· Youngsville Middle Choir

Through ASO's partnership with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute each participating school receives free:
· Link Up curriculum guide with accompanying CD and DVD for teachers
· Link Up workbook for each student
· Professional development webinar for teachers and orchestra administrators
· Complete concert script, repertoire list, and accompanying visuals
· Access to resources on Carnegie Hall's website, including the Link Up! Beginnings skills-focused curriculum and audio for teachers and students
· Access to the Carnegie Hall Link Up! Facebook group, which connects teachers, Carnegie Hall staff, and featured contributors to share ideas, student work, videos, and photos
· Ongoing support and consultation regarding professional development, program implementation, and media/publicity planning

Link Up is an incredible opportunity for local students to learn classical music and perform with a professional orchestra, led by ASO Music Director and Conductor, Mariusz Smolij. ASO is proud to partner with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute and bring Link Up to Acadiana. ASO, the teachers and the students look forward to many more years to come!

Acadiana Symphony Orchestra performs the Link Up concert with approximately 2,000 students at the Heymann Performing Arts Center on Friday, March 21 at 9:30 am and 11:00 am.



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