Students invited to sing and play with the orchestra in Link Up

Meet the Instrument and Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots continue for more musical discovery through May

Each spring since 2012 over 10,000 students from more than 100 Puget Sound schools have come to Benaroya Hall to play along with the orchestra for Link Up. With children and families forced to stay home, and schools closed through the rest of the school year, the Seattle Symphony is bringing the interactive concerts to homes across Puget Sound with a livestream of the interactive program on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at 11am PDT.

The Seattle Symphony invites students, teachers and families to participate by singing or playing along in this special broadcast as they make music alongside Symphony musicians from the comfort of their own homes.

This year’s Link Up concert, Link Up: The Orchestra Swings, was originally set for May 6–8 with six performances scheduled. All performances were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Link Up, a partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, provides a highly participatory music curriculum for 3rd to 5th-graders and has 119 partner orchestras around the world. Students learn about orchestral repertoire over the course of the program, focusing on concepts such as rhythm, melody, tempo, orchestration and composition.

The hands-on Link Up curriculum culminates in a concert where students are invited to sing and play along with the orchestra, performing selections students have practiced throughout the school year.

Link Up brings active music-making to the classroom and gives students the opportunity to engage their creativity through music. They learn to perform repertoire on recorder or voice and even write their own composition inspired by the orchestral music they have studied.

Despite not being able to provide the usual interactive experience for students in person at Benaroya Hall, the Seattle Symphony remains committed to making musical enrichment accessible for kids — many of whom cultivated their newly acquired skills throughout the school year — especially while schools remain closed. Sheet music and other activities to prepare for the Link Up broadcast are available for free online.

In addition to the special Link Up broadcast, the Seattle Symphony continues to share weekly Meet the Instrument and Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots installments throughout May on YouTube and Facebook.

Meet the Instrument is hosted by a member of the orchestra who introduces their instrument to viewers through performing short excerpts. Each installment also includes an instrument-related craft activity.

Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots, hosted by Seattle Symphony Horn John Turman, builds on each week’s Meet the Instrument in a fun exploration of related instruments through solo excerpts and ensemble performance.

For the rest of May, each week brings two all-new installments featuring the bass and bassoon. The broadcast schedule for Meet the Instrument and its companion Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots is as follows:

5/20: Meet the Instrument: Bass with Seattle Symphony Bass Travis Gore
5/22: Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots: The Basses
5/27: Meet the Instrument: Bassoon with Seattle Symphony Associate Principal Bassoon Luke Fieweger
5/29: Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots: The Bassoons

Meet the Instrument airs Wednesdays at 11am and Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots airs Fridays at 11am on YouTube and Facebook. These broadcasts offer discovery and fun for the young and young at heart and serve as a resource for teachers and families with young children during this period of school closures.

Programming updates are shared at seattlesymphony.org/live. Those interested can also sign up to receive email notifications about upcoming Seattle Symphony rebroadcasts and livestreams.

Inspired by the orchestra’s dedication to serving the community, more than 5,000 people have stepped forward with a donation since the closure of Benaroya Hall.

These funds support the Seattle Symphony Future Fund, providing critical resources to ensure a bright future for symphonic music in our community. To learn more about how to support the Seattle Symphony or to make a donation, visit seattlesymphony.org/give.

The Seattle Symphony looks forward to welcoming audiences back to Benaroya Hall again very soon and wishes everyone health and comfort in the coming weeks.

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Posted on May 11, 2020

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