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Idaho State-Civic Symphony to host second annual Link Up event

March 7, 2019
This photo was taken at last Year's Link Up event.

Local elementary students will join the Idaho State-Civic Symphony for the second annual Link Up music concert on March 13 at Idaho State University’s Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Twenty-one schools will participate and the concert will feature more than 1,600 third- and fourth-graders from throughout Southeast Idaho who have spent the year learning to play recorders with a culminating performance side-by-side with the symphony.

New York City’s Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute created the Link Up program as part of a project to get students ranging from third- to fifth-grade to participate in music education by teaming up with local symphonies. The ISCS participates in Link Up to further its goals of encouraging interest in music performance and appreciation.

This year students and the symphony will play musical selections including Friedrich Schiller’s “Ode to Joy,” Joseph Brackett’s “Simple Gifts” and Igor Stravinski’s “Firebird Suite.”

“What I really like about Link Up is that I feel like music is a team sport,” says Lana Gribas, a music teacher at Grace Lutheran Schools. “I like that it emphasizes to the kids the idea that we come together as people and do something, and the fact that it’s the whole city makes it even cooler.”

This event is not open to the public as there is limited seating.

Last year was the inaugural concert for Link Up in Southeast Idaho with approximately 1,400 students attending. This year the ISCS will have 200 more students participate.