Link Up: The Orchestra Swings will introduce students to the power of swing! “Swing” is many things. It’s a distinctive rhythmic feel; a musical era dominated by big band jazz; a style of dance that grew alongside the music; and that elusive but unmistakable feeling that results when musicians are deeply tuned into each other and playing in sync, or “in the pocket.” Though swing is characteristically associated with jazz, an orchestra can also swing. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive performance with a professional orchestra, we will explore the elements that contribute to that magical moment when the orchestra starts to swing. The culminating Link Up concerts will be on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 9:30am and 11:30am in the Kuss Auditorium at the Clark State Performing Arts Center.
Link Up, a program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, pairs orchestras with students in grades 3–5 at schools in their local communities to explore orchestral repertoire through a hands-on music curriculum. Students participating in Link Up attend a culminating concert, in which they sing and play recorders or string instruments with the orchestra from their seats. Students also compose and perform their own pieces inspired by the orchestral repertoire studied.
Since 2003, Carnegie Hall has partnered with local, professional, community, and university orchestras to offer Link Up at sites across the United States and around the world. Through this partnership, Carnegie Hall aims to support orchestras’ existing education programs, strengthen their partnerships with local schools, and provide the highest quality curricula, resources, professional development, and other support.