KC Symphony brings Carnegie Hall's Link Up program to KC

Music Education Program Culminates with Interactive Orchestra Concerts for Students Nationwide in spring 2013

The Kansas City Symphony Performs Link Up Concerts in Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts On April 19, May 1 & May 2, 2013

CONTACT: Stephanie Brimhall (816) 218-2639 sbrimhall@kcsymphony.org

In collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI), The Kansas City Symphony is participating in WMI’s Link Up program during the 2012–2013 season. Link Up pairs orchestras across the country, with schools in their local communities, inviting them to learn about orchestral repertoire through a year-long hands-on music curriculum. Utilizing curriculum 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.

The culmination of the yearlong program is a live performance in which nearly 6,000 students have the opportunity to sing and play the recorder along with the Kansas City Symphony. This performance often serves as students’ first concert experience and provides them with the opportunity to apply the musical concepts they have studied.

This is the Kansas City Symphony’s second year to participate in Link Up. Link Up’s national partnerships grew out of the program’s ongoing work with New York City schools, through which Carnegie Hall has engaged hundreds of thousands of students in musical learning since its inception in 1985.

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute provides for free to each site: •Link Up curriculum guide with accompanying CD and DVD for teachers (featuring lessons on singing, playing the soprano recorder or violin, reading and notating music, and composing and improvising music) •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 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

The Kansas City Symphony is one of 40 organizations from across the United States chosen for this program. Other 2012–2013 participants include:

•Acadiana Symphony Orchestra (LA) •Albany Symphony Orchestra (GA) •Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra (AR) •Austin Symphony (TX) •Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra(NY) •Carnegie Hall – Lewisburg, West Virginia (WV) •East Texas Symphony Orchestra (TX) •El Paso Symphony Orchestra (TX) •Eugene Symphony (OR) •The Florida Orchestra (FL) •Fort Wayne Philharmonic (IN) •Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (TX) •Gulf Coast Symphony (MS) •Hartford Symphony Orchestra (CT) •Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (FL) •Kansas City Symphony (MO) •Kenai Peninsula Orchestra (AK) •Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (ON, Canada) •Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LA) •Maryland Symphony Orchestra (MD) •Meridian Symphony Orchestra (MS) •Mississippi Arts Commission (MS) •Mississippi Symphony Orchestra (MS) •Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (FL) •Omaha Symphony (NE) •Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra (RI) •Rockford Symphony Orchestra (IL) •Seattle Symphony (WA) •South Carolina Philharmonic (SC) •Snohomish County Music Project (WA) •South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (AR) •Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra (SC) •Spokane Symphony (WA) •St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (MO) •Symphony Orchestra Augusta (GA) •Tupelo Symphony Orchestra (MS) •The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra (MS) •VITA - Vocal and Instrumental Teaching Artists Academy (CA) •West Michigan Symphony (MI)

For details on how your school or orchestra can participate in Link Up National, educators and administrators may visit carnegiehall.org/LinkUp

About the Kansas City Symphony Founded in 1982, the Kansas City Symphony is the region’s only full-time professional orchestra and is a major force in the cultural life of the community. Under the artistic leadership of Music Director Michael Stern, the Symphony’s eighty full-time musicians perform more than 50 concerts each year, and also serve as the orchestra for the Kansas City Ballet and Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Praised for performances of uncompromising standard, the ensemble often welcomes guest artists of international acclaim as part of their classical and pops subscriptions series. Complementing its full schedule of concerts, the Symphony strives to enrich the lives of Kansas City residents by providing music education opportunities for children and adults, including “KinderKonzerts,” “Young People’s Concerts,” and an Instrument Petting Zoo. Highlights each season include a range of free masterclasses, events, and concerts reaching over 100,000 community members—including the annual “Bank of America Celebration at the Station” concert each Memorial Day weekend and “Symphony in the Flint Hills” every summer. The Symphony has released three recordings on the Reference Recording label— Shakespeare’s Tempest, the Grammy®-winning Britten’s Orchestra, and a recent Elgar/Vaughn Williams project—as well as recordings on the Naxos label. KCS performances can be heard locally each week on KCUR 89.3 FM, Kansas City’s NPR affiliate. More information on the Kansas City Symphony is available at www.kcsymphony.org

Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall The Weill Music Institute creates broad-reaching music education and community programs that play a central role in Carnegie Hall’s commitment to making great music accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Woven into the fabric of the Carnegie Hall concert season, these programs occur at Carnegie Hall as well as in schools and throughout neighborhoods, providing musical opportunities for everyone, from preschoolers to adults, new listeners to emerging professionals. With access to the world’s greatest artists and latest technologies, the Weill Music Institute is uniquely positioned to inspire the next generation of music lovers, to nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and to shape the evolution of musical learning itself. The Weill Music Institute’s school and community programs annually serve over 200,000 children, students, teachers, parents, young music professionals, and adults in the New York metropolitan area and across the US, with more than an additional 100,000 people taking advantage of WMI’s online music education resources. Please visit carnegiehall.org/Education for more information.

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