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For Grades 3-5

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
10:15 am & 12:15 pm
Hill Auditorium
Tickets: $6

*The 10:15 performance is sold out. If you cannot make the 12:15 concert time work, please call (734-994-4801) or email Kira Leeper to be added to the 10:15 wait list.


The A2SO is excited to partner with Carnegie Hall to bring the music education program Link Up to schools in Southeast Michigan. Link Up was created by Carnegie Hall to unite the classroom with the concert hall.

The Orchestra Rocks explores orchestral repertoire through hands-on music curriculum. The program of skills-based and creative work in the classroom culminates with a lively interactive concert, where students are given the chance to demonstrate what they have learned by singing and playing recorder with the A2SO from their seats in the audience.

Participating schools receive

  • A Link Up curriculum guide for each teacher with accompanying CD and DVD
  • A Link Up workbook for each student
  • Professional Development opportunities

The Orchestra Rocks explores rhythm. Composers and musicians play with elements of musical time, creating patterns of sound and silence that are expressive and exciting.

“I have to say that this is the best arts field trip I’ve experienced in my 20 years of teaching! The entire program was geared toward kids. I know it’s difficult to take any complicated topic or concept and simplify it for young people, without making it ‘babyish.’ Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute and the A2SO demonstrated that they’re more than capable of engaging students (and teachers!) in an entertaining way, while enhancing and expanding the music/arts education students receive in the Ann Arbor Public Schools.”
- Trevor Staples, Classroom teacher

Repertoire includes:

  • Verdi, Anvil Chorus
  • Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring
  • Orff, Carmina Burana
  • Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4
  • Holst, The Planets

Music Mentors

The A2SO Music Mentor program deepens the relationship between the orchestra and Link Up schools. Through this new component of our Link Up program, A2SO musicians are paired with participating schools. These music mentors make school visits to work with students and teachers that are participating in the Link Up program. Learn more.

Resources & Workshops

Materials will be available in the fall. Reservations must be received by November 1st in order to receive Carnegie’s materials.

Click here for Hill Auditorium worksheet

Teachers are strongly encouraged to attend a Teacher Workshop to learn about Link Up and discuss how to implement it in their classroom.

Wednesday, November 1, 4:30-6:00 at Hilton Elementary School
Thursday, November 2, 4:30-6:00 at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District

RSVP to Sarah Ruddy.

Bussing Subsidies (Deadline: November 1)
Click here to learn more about Bussing Subsidies for Youth Concert participants.

Reserve your tickets today!

Once this form is received, an invoice will be emailed to you. A $100 deposit is due in January. Payment in full is due by one week before the concert.

A note about chaperones: Please consider limiting the number of chaperones you bring to 1 for every 10 students. We understand that you know what is best for your school and trust that you will bring the number of chaperones necessary to make it a safe event for your students. By limiting the number of chaperones to what is necessary for your group, you make room in the auditorium for more schools to participate. In the event that there are extra seats available one week before the concert, we will notify you so that you can let parents know that they can buy tickets from us to sit in a parents section of the auditorium.

*The 10:15 performance is sold out. If you cannot make the 12:15 concert time work, please call (734-994-4801) or email Kira Leeper to be added to the 10:15 wait list.


The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra's performance of Link Up: The Orchestra Rocks is sponsored by Claudia & Thomas Larson, Mardi Gras Fund, the Worthington Family Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.