Students from 99 area schools perform with the RI Philharmonic Orchestra, May 24 and 25

In Partnership with Carnegie Hall, Trinity Rep’s Mia Ellis
hosts RI Philharmonic Link Up concerts

 Trinity Rep’s Mia Ellis hosts RI Philharmonic & Carnegie Hall’s Link Up concerts

Performance celebrates year of music education
 to students and support for music teachers

SMALL 12,000 third, fourth and fifth graders representing 99 schools will perform with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra at The VETS on Thursday (May 24) and Friday (May 25) between and 9 a.m. and noon. The Link Up concerts mark the culmination of a school-year-long music education program throughout Southern New England. Mia Ellis of Trinity Rep is the celebrity host.

Each participating student received a quality soprano recorder and workbook, as part of a 12-unit curriculum on basic music literacy through performance. In addition, the program provides professional development for all participating teachers.

****At a Glance****

Link Up Concerts with Trinity Rep’s Mia Ellis
9 a.m.-noon, Thursday, May 24, and Friday, May 25
The VETS, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence


“Link Up is one of our most important programs! It is a key strategy toward achieving our goal of music literacy for every child in our state, regardless of the zip code they grow up in. We partner with mayors, superintendents, principals and teachers, as well as our wonderful funders, which include Taco and Hasbro, to reach more than 20,000 school children annually with critical music education.”

–David Beauchesne, Executive Director
Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School

The 2018 program, called The Orchestra Sings, is themed around melody, one of the universal elements of music. Students join the Orchestra for the following: Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, Dvořák’s New World Symphony, and American Folk Songs by Brackett, Copland, and even a Woody Guthrie song arranged by Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Horn, Kevin Owen.

Concluding its seventh season, Link Up, a music education curriculum developed by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, is one of several programs included in Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School’s FLEX program (Foundations in Learning Exploration). Funding for Link Up comes primarily from businesses, foundations and individuals. For more information on the FLEX program, click HERE.

The FLEX Program is made possible by our generous sponsors. They are:

  • Hasbro Children’s Fund
  • TACO/The White Family Foundation
  • Victoria Alviti Music Foundation
  • Deborah and Charles Royce
  • Knickerbocker Music Center
  • June Rockwell Levy Foundation
  • Jeffrey Osborne Foundation
  • NewportFed Charitable Foundation
  • BankNewport
  • Bank RI
  • Mary Dexter Chafee Fund
  • Collette Foundation
  • Frederick C. Tanner Memorial Fund Inc.
  • Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
  • O’Hanian-Szostak Family Foundation
  • The Rhode Island Foundation
  • The Pacifica Foundation
  • The John Clarke Trust
  • Navigant Credit Union
  • The United Theater