Sacramento Philharmonic makes a return—with Link Up educational concert

Posted on: April 7, 2015

“The Sacramento Philharmonic will end a yearlong absence from presenting concerts when it performs two April 10 children’s concerts at the Community Center Theater,” writes Edward Ortiz in Monday’s (4/6) Sacramento Bee. “The concert culminates a yearlong partnership with a Carnegie Hall program that brings music education to elementary-school children, including 23 schools in the Sacramento region. It is the first time the Sacramento Region Performing Arts Alliance, the umbrella organization that oversees the Philharmonic and Sacramento Opera, has offered any performances in the 2014-15 season. Both organizations have struggled financially since the economic downturn in 2008.… ‘We’re excited to get back to work,’ said Larry Gardner, president of American Federation of Musicians Local 12, which represents the orchestra members.… The orchestra’s collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute—called Link Up—involves 23 partner schools throughout the Sacramento region. Participants are typically third- to fifth-graders who are introduced to orchestral music and are taught music on recorder or violin, or through voice lessons. The two April 10 concerts will have students perform from their seats along with the orchestra, which will be conducted by Sacramento Philharmonic principal bassist Thomas Derthick.”

Posted April 7, 2015