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Friday, 17 April, 2015

Program Engages Students Grades 3–5 in Hands-On Music Curriculum and Interactive Live Concert Experience on May 12, 13, & 14

May 9 Public Family Concert Invites Children ages 6–11 to Sing Along with the Orchestra

Link Up

Now in its second season, Link Up: Seattle Symphony will serve over 10,000 students in 110 public schools in the Seattle metropolitan area. A music education program that originated from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Institute, 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.

This year, Seattle Symphony’s Education and Community Engagement division provided 110 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. Since last September, students have been learning to compose and perform orchestral repertoire, critically exploring texts to songs and learning about the choices a composer makes when writing. Through this experience, students have also developed life skills such as collaboration, self-assessment and creativity. This year’s curriculum, titled The Orchestra Rocks, explores rhythm, pulse and groove from orchestral repertoire, and engages students in creating their own composition inspired by "Mars" from Holst's The Planets. Students began the process by conceiving a name, color and other characteristics of his/her personal planet, then created a short composition of rhythms and sounds and choosing different instruments of the orchestra to represent their planet. Classrooms were asked to submit their compositions to the Seattle Symphony, where one winning composition was chosen to be announced and performed at all six concerts in May. Additionally, 27 out of the 110 participating schools were selected to participate in the five- or 10-week residency program with a Seattle Symphony teaching artist, who visited the schools to enhance and deepen the program with additional teaching activities. 

During the culminating concerts for schools on May 12 - 14, students will have the opportunity to become part of the orchestra by singing and playing the recorder and violin from their seats alongside Seattle Symphony musicians. The concerts will include In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 by Grieg, In C by Terry Riley,  final movement of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, "Mars" from Holst’s The Planets“O Fortuna” from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Thomas Cabaniss’ "Come to Play" and Drumlines, which will be performed by the Chief Sealth High School Drumline Band. The public is invited to a Family Concert on May 9, where children and their families are encouraged to sing and play the recorder along with the orchestra from their seats.  See below for concert details.  

Concert Details:


Link Up's The Orchestra Rocks

S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium

Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 11 a.m.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. & 12 p.m. (schools only)
Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. & 12 p.m. (schools only)
Thursday, May 14, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. (schools only)

Stilian Kirov, conductor
K. Brian Neel, host
Jessica Andrews-Hall, recorder
University of Washington Chorale
Chief Sealth Drumline Band
Seattle Symphony 


In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1

“Come to Play”

“O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana

Finale: Allegro con fuoco [mvmt 4] from Symphony No. 4                        

In C

Student Composition arranged by Jessi Harvey                       

Mars from The Planets


Pre-concert activities in the Grand Lobby on Saturday, May 9 beginning at 10 a.m.

Media sponsor: Classical KING FM 98.1, KCTS9

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, The Clowes Fund, Inc., the Elizabeth McGraw Foundation, the Fales Foundation Trust, the League of American Orchestras, Richard and Francine Loeb, Kjristine Lund, Music4Life, the National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, Peach Foundation, the Peg and Rick Young Foundation, the Schiff Foundation, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, the Snoqualmie Tribe, Ten Grands Seattle, the U.S. Bank Foundation, 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

Founded in 1903, 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 live from September through July by more than 300,000 people. 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 100,000 children and adults each year. The Seattle Symphony has a deep commitment to new music, commissioning many works by living composers each season, including John Luther Adams’ recent Become Ocean, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music and a 2015 Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. The orchestra has made more than 140 recordings and has received 18 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades. In 2014 the Symphony launched its in-house recording label, Seattle Symphony Media.

Ticket Information

Family Concert tickets are available for $15 for students/seniors and $20 for adults. They may be purchased at, through the Seattle Symphony’s iPhone and Android apps, by calling the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office at (206) 215-4747, or by visiting the Ticket Office in Benaroya Hall, located on the corner of Union Street and Third Avenue. Ticket Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., and Saturday, 1–6 p.m.

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