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Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 8:50pm
El Paso, TX — For 74 years, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra has been presenting the Young People’s Concerts free of charge to area 5th graders. On January 29, 30 and 31, 10:30am and 12:30pm at the Abraham Chavez Theatre, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s “El Paso Electric Young People’s Concerts,” led by Andy Moran, will once again welcome over 12,000, 5th grade students from El Paso, Canutillo, Fabens and surrounding area. This year’s program, “The Orchestra Rocks,” is presented in collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) Link Up program. This is the 4th consecutive year the El Paso Symphony Orchestra has collaborated with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute on these concerts.
Early in the school year 5th grade students throughout the El Paso region were given recorders and curriculum designed by Carnegie Hall or EPSO-supplied educational materials to educate the children about the music, composers, historical period and art associated with each piece. The program culminates with students actively participating at the Young People’s Concerts by playing along with the orchestra on their recorders or violins from their seats. For many students, these performances often serve as their first concert experience, providing them with the opportunity to apply the musical concepts they have studied. Watch Bond Elementary School’s journey to the Young People’s Concerts in 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QE8zn_sIqQw
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 each site with:
• Link Up curriculum guide and CD 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 for teachers and orchestra administrators
• Complete concert script, repertoire list, and accompanying visuals
• Access to Carnegie Hall's Online Resource Center with educational materials, including the Link Up Beginnings skills-focused curriculum and audio for teachers and students
• Access to the Link Up Online Community, 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 El Paso Electric Young People’s Concerts, currently in their 74th season and presented free of charge, are made possible through the generous support of the El Paso Electric Company; El Paso Symphony Guild; Apteckar Foundation; Frances R. Axelson; The Cardwell Foundation; Chase Bank, El Paso Independent School District; Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold; Walter H. Hightower Foundation; Hunt Family Foundation; Huthsteiner Fine Arts Trust; Robert E. & Evelyn McKee Foundation; Moor Foundation, Moleen Foundation; J. Edward & Helen M.C. Stern Foundation; Shiloff Family Foundation; Texas Commission on the Arts; Wells Fargo; WestStar Bank; and Western Refining Company, L.P.
Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall
The Weill Music Institute creates broad-reaching music education and community programs that play a central role in Carnegie Hall’s commitment to making great music accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Woven into the fabric of the Carnegie Hall concert season, these programs occur at Carnegie Hall as well as in schools and throughout neighborhoods, providing musical opportunities for everyone, from preschoolers to adults, new listeners to emerging professionals. With access to the world’s greatest artists and latest technologies, the Weill Music Institute is uniquely positioned to inspire the next generation of music lovers, to nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and to shape the evolution of musical learning itself. The Weill Music Institute’s school and community programs annually serve more than 115,000 children, students, teachers, parents, young music professionals, and adults in the New York metropolitan area and across the US, as well as 65,000 people around the world through its online and distance learning initiatives.
For more information, please visit carnegiehall.org/weillmusicinstitute or call the El Paso Symphony Orchestra at (915) 532-3776. The El Paso Symphony Orchestra is presented with the support of the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.