A2SO & Local Schools Participate in Carnegie Hall’s Link Up Program

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and local elementary schools are participating in Carnegie Hall’s Link Up Program. As a 4th grader, my daughter is participating in the program and will be attending one of the Link Up Concerts. 

Is your child participating in this program? I don’t have a list of schools involved in the program, but from my discussion with the Symphony, it appears that many of the Ann Arbor Public Schools are participating at the 3rd/4th grade age range. Don’t worry if you haven’t heard about it from your child’s school yet. I only know because the Symphony invited me and looked up my daughter’s school. I did ask my daughter and she knew about the program. I’ve also spoken music teacher to get the details of which performance she would be attending. All tickets for the performance will be through the school as chaperones.

THOMAS CABANISS “Come to Play” LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN “Ode to Joy” from Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 (Arranged by Thomas Cabaniss; Lyrics by Jill Gallina) JOSEPH BRACKETT “Simple Gifts” (Arranged by Robert Maggio) ANTONÍN DVO?ÁK Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, “From the New World”, Mvt. 2 “Largo” AARON COPLAND “I Bought Me a Cat” THOMAS CABANISS “To Make Words Sing” JIM PAPOULIS “Oye” IGOR STRAVINSKY Firebird Suite (1919 version), Mvt. 5 “Finale” THOMAS CABANISS “Come to Play”


Music Education Program Culminates with Interactive Orchestra Concerts for Students Nationwide in Spring 2016 

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Performs Link Up Concert at Hill Auditorium, March 16, 2016 

In collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI), the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra is participating in WMI’s Link Up program during the 2015–2016 season. 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. Each year focuses on specific concepts, including rhythm, melody, tempo, orchestration, and composition. 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. 

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 Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. This performance often serves as students’ first concert experience and provides them with the opportunity to apply the musical concepts they have studied. 


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 Carnegie Hall’s online resources, including additional lessons and classroom resources 
  • Access to the Carnegie Hall 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 Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra is one of more than 80 national and international organizations chosen for this program. Visit for a complete list of participants and further details. 

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra 

Each year, we present seven Mainstage concerts at the Michigan Theater and Hill Auditorium, performing works that run the gamut of musical styles: from Beethoven to Pärt, and from the revered Russian Masters to new and contemporary music by Ann Arbor’s own Bill Bolcom, Evan Chambers, Michael Daugherty, and Bright Sheng. 

We feature world-class guest soloists and are proud to count among our orchestra some of the region’s most talented musicians. The A²SO has been favorably compared to musical giants such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Boston Symphony and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and you can hear A²SO concerts in person and by broadcast on WKAR and WRCJ radio stations. 

Our Mainstage Concerts are only part of our story. We also offer three Family Concerts each year, which range from classic programming for young people like Carnival of the Animals and modern favorites like Beethoven Lives Upstairs to concerts of Disney music with video accompaniment. 

We perform KinderConcerts in libraries for our youngest audience members and Chamber Concerts at community centers and assisted living facilities for those who can’t travel to our Mainstage concerts. We reach thousands of kids each year through our Instrument Petting Zoos, Classroom Concerts and other in-school programs. And we bring music into communities all over the region through our Farmers Market outreach program, Taste of Music. 

The A²SO is passionately committed to lead and enrich the culture of the region. We attract, inspire and educate the most diverse audience possible, foster a growing appreciation for orchestral music and regional talent, and provide imaginative programming through community involvement. 

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute 

The Weill Music Institute creates visionary programs that embody Carnegie Hall’s commitment to music education. With unparalleled access to the world’s greatest artists, the Weill Music Institute inspires audiences of all ages, nurtures tomorrow’s musical talent, and harnesses the power of music to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. An integral part of Carnegie Hall’s concert season, these programs facilitate creative expression, develop musical skills and capacities at all levels, and encourage participants to make lifelong personal connections to music. The Weill Music Institute generates new knowledge through original research and shares a wide range of free online resources with educators and music lovers around the globe. More than 450,000 people each year engage in the Weill Music Institute’s programs through national and international partnerships, in New York City schools and community settings, and at Carnegie Hall. 


The A2SO is a premier regional orchestra offering live symphonic music to over 80,000 patrons of all ages in venues ranging from the historic Michigan Theater and Hill Auditorium as well as schools, daycares, libraries, farmers markets, and various senior citizen centers in the five-county area. For tickets visit, email or call (734)994-4801. Single tickets range from $10 to $73, subscriptions start at just $57; Student, Senior, and Group discounts are available. First time subscribers buy one season subscription and get one FREE! 

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