Some 12,000 third, fourth and fifth graders representing 102 schools perform with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra at The VETS on Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24 between 9:30 a.m. and 12 noon. The Link Up concerts mark the culmination of a school-year music education program throughout Southern New England. Joe Wilson Jr. of Trinity Rep is the celebrity host.
Each participating student received a quality soprano recorder and workbook as part of a 12-unit curriculum on basic music literacy through performance. In addition, the program provides professional development for all participating teachers.
“Link Up is one of our most important programs. It is a key strategy toward achieving our goal of music literacy for every child in our state, regardless of the zip code they grow up in,” said David Beauchesne, executive director, Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School. “We partner with mayors, superintendents, principals and teachers, as well as our wonderful funders, which include Taco and Hasbro, to reach more than 20,000 school children annually with critical music education.”
The 2019 program, called “The Orchestra Moves,” explores how composers create musical movement through changes in melody and shifts if rhythm and harmony. Students join the orchestra for selections from Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, Strauss’ The Blue Danube, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Bizet’s Carmen. Concluding its eighth season, Link Up, a music education curriculum developed by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, is one of several programs included in Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School’s education programs.