Auburn Symphony Orchestra

From last year's Link Up concert. 

The Auburn Symphony Orchestra is performing its second annual Link Up Concert with Auburn fourth graders Jan. 24 at the Auburn Performing Arts Center. The 2023 Link Up Concert, developed by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute, isn’t your typical live performance, though: it’s an interactive one between students and the orchestra.

Participating students have been learning in their music classrooms this year how to perform with their voice, a recorder, and body percussion, and at the Link Up Concert they will apply their lessons to interact with the orchestra by singing, dancing, and playing alongside the symphony from their seats, a release said. 

This year’s program is called The Orchestra Sings and will focus on melody and how it can express emotions and ideas, tell a story, and bring people together, the release said.

“We are so pleased to be bringing this opportunity to over 1,200 students for free again this year,” said ASO executive director Rachel Perry in the release. “It’s made possible by the enthusiasm and dedication of all the elementary music teachers in the Auburn School District, along with support from many community partners and we are so grateful to them all.”

With assistance from the students, Auburn Symphony will perform music by the likes of Ludwig van Beethoven, Antonín Dvořák, and Igor Stravinsky, as well as newer works from contemporary composers like Nathalie Joachim and Reena Esmail.

According to the release, those participating in the Link Up program receive at no cost:

  • A Link Up curriculum guide for each teacher that includes audio and video resources;
  • Resources for students;
  • Professional development resources and a webinar for lead teachers and administrators;
  • Access to Carnegie Hall’s online resources like additional lessons and interactive classroom activities; 
  • Ongoing support and consultation regarding program implementation; and
  • A culminating interactive concert with the orchestra, conductor, and participating Link Up students

To learn more about the upcoming concert or the Link Up curriculum, head here.