“Shell Creek Elementary School fourth-graders crowded around a drawer in Jill Goedeken’s music room to get their recorders,” writes Christina Lieffring in Wednesday’s (3/1) Columbus Telegram (Nebraska). “It was the day before they and hundreds of other fourth-graders … were scheduled to perform with the Omaha Symphony…. ‘I’m probably the most nervous because I have to be in front of everyone,’ said Kyah Curtis, who was selected to sit onstage with the symphony during Thursday’s event. This is the ninth year Lakeview elementary students have participated in the Omaha Symphony Link Up program, where they learn the basics about music…. After playing with the symphony at Holland Performing Arts Center, the students will eat lunch and tour the music hall. For many, this will be their first time seeing a professional orchestra perform. After practicing the song ‘Simple Melody,’ the students shouted out ‘Anvil Chorus,’ an adaptation of the song from Guiseppe Verdi’s opera ‘Il Trovatore.’ Goedeken said it’s their favorite…. Shell Creek Elementary Principal Josh Graves said he hopes students will want to continue studying music in band class, which starts in fifth grade.” Link Up is a program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.
Posted March 3, 2017