Thursday, February 26, 2009

Symphony hits the road to "LinkUP!" with thousands of kids

North Platte, March 3 @ 1:45 PM Neville Center for the Performing Arts

Scottsbluff, March 4 @ 1:45 PM Scottsbluff HS Auditorium

Chadron, March 5 @ 1:45 PM Memorial Hall, Chadron State College

Omaha, March 18 @ 9:45 & 11:15 Holland Performing Arts Center

Norfolk, April 28 @ 2 PM Johnny Carson Theater @ Norfolk HS

In the coming weeks, nearly 4,500 students statewide will share the spotlight with the Omaha Symphony! Playing recorders, strings instruments, and singing, young learners will get to experience the thrill of working together to perform live music.
Carnegie Hall Communities LinkUP! concerts are the culmination of months of education and practice. The 4th-6th grade students began the program in the fall with classroom instruction that helped them improve their performing, creating, and listening skills. Select symphony members served as mentors at the schools, making more than 300 visits to teach the LinkUP! music and answer questions about music and their careers. Now it’s time for these talented kids to showcase what they’ve learned through these special interactive performances with the Omaha Symphony!
For the first time ever, the Omaha Symphony is taking this extraordinary program on the road. The orchestra will travel to western Nebraska to perform with students in North Platte, Scottsbluff, Chadron, and Norfolk.
In past years, students have displayed their newly acquired musical skills through playing the recorder and singing. This year, we’ve kicked it up a notch—adding a string component to our concert in Omaha.
“Omaha Symphony education programs aim to make students active participants in their learning. This program epitomizes that philosophy,” said Jennifer Boomgaarden, director of education and community partnerships with the Omaha Symphony. “Kids aren’t just audience members. They’re musicians.”
This unique education program is only made possible through the generous gifts of our sponsors:

Pacific Life
Dixon Family Foundation
Iowa West Foundation
Union Pacific Railroad
Lincoln Financial
NE Arts Council
Iowa Arts Council
National Endowment for the Arts
Kinder Morgan Foundation
Mutual of Omaha Foundation
Whitmore Charitable Trust
Doug Riley Family Foundation

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