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Union 3rd, 4th graders tp perform with TSO Feb. 24

Originally posted February 8, 2017

Union 3rd, 4th graders to perform with Tulsa Symphony Orchestra at High School Feb. 24

All Union Public Schools third and fourth grade students have the opportunity to make sweet music with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra (TSO) on Friday, February 24, at the Union Performing Arts Center, 6636 S. Mingo Road.

As part of the Link Up program, students will watch TSO from their seats and perform during two concerts at 10 a.m. and 11:35 a.m., Director of Fine Arts Matthew McCready said.

In collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI), the Tulsa Symphony is participating in WMI’s Link Up program for a second year. Union helped pilot the program in 2015-2016, when third graders performed at the University of Tulsa last year with other schools. At that concert, all of the students sang and danced during special cues. Clark Elementary students even brought recorders and played along with the musicians from their seats in the audience.

“The program was so well received that we wanted to offer this program to all of our third and fourth grade students at Union,” McCready said.

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 year-long, hands-on music curriculum. The culmination of the program is a live performance in which students have the opportunity to sing and play the recorder or violin along with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra.

This program is fully funded by TSO and its donors, McCready said, with Carnegie Hall providing the music books, TSO the musicians and training for teachers, and all students benefiting from additional musical experiences. For more information, see http://www.carnegiehall.org/Education/Link-Up/ or http://tulsasymphony.org/link-up-2/.