For Immediate Release:  Thursday, May 16, 2019





Music Education Program Culminates with Interactive Orchestra Concerts for Students Nationwide in Spring 2019, and Locally May 21-29, 2019


In collaboration with Carnegie Hall the San Antonio Symphony is participating in Link Up: The Orchestra Rocks!, a music education program provided by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI), during the 2018–2019 season.  The nearly 7,500 of students participating in Link Up locally will attend a culminating concert at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts or at Judson Performing Arts Center in Converse over the next two weeks at which they are invited to actually sing and play the recorder or the violin with the orchestra from their seats. This performance often serves as students’ first concert experience and provides them with the opportunity to apply the musical concepts they have studied.

For more than 30 years, Link Up has paired orchestras with students in grades 3–5 at schools in their local communities to explore orchestral repertoire and fundamental musical skills, including creative work and composition, through a hands-on music curriculum. Link Up addresses the urgent need for music instruction and resources by providing a free, high quality, year-long curriculum that teachers can implement, along with classroom materials, online video and audio resources, and the professional development and support necessary to make the program an engaging experience for students.

The San Antonio Symphony is one of more than 110 national and international organizations chosen for this program.  Since 2003, Carnegie Hall has partnered with professional, community, and university orchestras across the US and around the world to support their existing education programs and strengthen their partnerships with local schools. In 2018–2019, Link Up will partner with sites in the US, as well as in Brazil, Canada, Spain, Kenya, and Japan, to serve approximately 450,000 students and teachers globally. Visit carnegiehall.org/LinkUp for a complete list of participants and further details.



The San Antonio Symphony, established in 1939, is a nonprofit performing arts organization with the mission to delight, engage, and enrich the entire community through excellent performance, education, and outreach. Under the dynamic leadership of Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing and Associate Conductor Noam Aviel, the San Antonio Symphony gives more than 100 performances annually, including classics, pops, educational programs, movie concerts, and performances with our fellow resident opera and ballet companies. With more than 70 professional musicians, the Symphony serves over 130,000 people per year including over 50,000 students. For more information about the San Antonio Symphony, please visit SASymphony.org.

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Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute produces an extraordinary range of music education and social impact programs each season that extend far outside the physical walls of the concert halls. These programs will reach over half a million people in New York City, across the US, and around the globe during the 2018–2019 season.