West Michigan Symphony partners with area schools for May 11 Link Up concert

by Natalie Carmolli |

Muskegon – West Michigan Symphony will join students from over 50 area elementary schools for a series of Link Up concerts at the Frauenthal Theater in downtown Muskegon, Wednesday May 11, 2016 at 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 12:30 p.m.LinkUP photo 2010

In collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI), West Michigan Symphony is participating in WMI’s Link Up program during the 2015–2016 season. Link Up is a highly participatory program that pairs orchestras across the country with schools in their local communities, inviting students to learn about orchestral repertoire through a yearlong, hands-on music curriculum. Each year focuses on specific concepts, including rhythm, melody, tempo, orchestration, and composition. Using 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, 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 culmination of the yearlong program is a live performance in which students have the opportunity to sing and play the recorder along with the West Michigan Symphony. This performance often serves as students’ first concert experience and provides them with the opportunity to apply the musical concepts they have studied.

IMG_3301The West Michigan Symphony’s Link Up program has engaged thousands of students in musical learning since its inception in 2004. This year over 4,000 students will come together on May 11 for a program titled “The Orchestra ROCKS!,” led by conductor Matthew Kraemer and the symphony’s Director of Education, Karen Vander Zanden.

The West Michigan Symphony is one of more than 80 national and international organizations chosen for this program. Visit carnegiehall.org/LinkUp for a complete list of participants and further details.

Tickets to the Link Up concerts are $10. Call the West Michigan Symphony ticket office to reserve, 231-726-3231.



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