On Thursday, March 30, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) participated in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI)’s Link Up program. The culmination of the yearlong program is a live performance in which students have the opportunity to sing and play the recorder or violin along with the CSO.
More than 3,000 K-5 grade students from 41 Lowcountry elementary schools and home school groups attended Thursday’s Link Up performance at the Gaillard.
About Thursday’s Performance
This performance often serves as students’ first concert experience and provides them with the opportunity to apply the musical concepts they have studied. The orchestra performed with four local vocalists with Music Director, Ken Lam, conducting, and Tom Cabiness from Carnegie Hall serving as master of ceremonies.
The CSO’s Link Up Young People’s Concert was partially funded by private donations. In addition to providing audiences of all ages with world-class artistic performances and bringing internationally renowned artists to the Lowcountry, the CSO also connects with more than 21,000 students each year through educational programs and outreach initiatives.
About Link Up
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. Utilizing 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, 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.