Any Given Child & Carnegie Hall's Link Up

Any Given Child

The goal of the Any Given Child Initiative, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, is to assist communities in developing a plan for expanded arts education in their schools ensuring access and equity for all students in grades K-8. For the past two years, the Tulsa Community Arts Team, comprised of representatives from TPS, local arts organizations, the city of Tulsa, local philanthropic organizations and higher education have worked together under the guidance of The Kennedy Center to develop a plan specific to Tulsa that connects ALL TPS students in grades K-8 with the first rate arts resources our community has to offer.

In 2011, Tulsa was chosen as the 5th city in the US to partner with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Any Given Child Initiative, and in 2013 became a stand alone initiative for which The Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa acts as a fiscal sponsor.

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Tulsa Symphony is excited to present their 5th season of Carnegie Hall Link Up! This year’s program, entitled “The Orchestra Swings,” focuses on the magical moment when the orchestra starts to swing. Tulsa Symphony looks forward to performing with the 20,000 students and teachers locally who are a part of this world-renowned, highly-engaging program.

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“Swing” is many things. It’s a distinctive rhythmic feel; a musical era dominated by big band jazz; a style of dance that grew alongside the music; and that elusive but unmistakable feeling that results when musicians are deeply tuned into each other and playing in sync, or “in the pocket.” Though swing is characteristically associated with jazz, an orchestra can also swing. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive performance, we will explore the elements that contribute to that magical moment when the orchestra starts to swing.

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Learn more about Link Up through the Carnegie Hall website.

Students perform repertoire on recorder, violin, voice, or body percussion and take part in creative work such as composing their own pieces inspired by the orchestral music they have studied.

This performance often serves as students’ first concert experience and provides them with the opportunity to apply the musical concepts they have studied. For Tulsa 4th graders, this concert will serve as their Any Given Child arts activity.

Tulsa Symphony Link Up Partners 

This Season’s Concert Dates

Tuesday, February 4

Mary Glass Performing Arts Center, Owasso High School

Wednesday, February 12

Jenks High School Performing Arts Center

Thursday, February 27

Union High School Performing Arts Center

Thursday, April 30

Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center

May 11-13

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Participating Schools

Allen Bowden Public Schools

Berryhill Public Schools

Bixby Public Schools

Broken Arrow Public Schools

Chouteau-Mazie Public Schools

Homeschool Students

Jenks Public Schools

Marquette Catholic School

Muskogee Public Schools

Owasso Public Schools

Pryor Public Schools

Sand Spring Public Schools

Tulsa Public Schools

Union Public Schools

Verdigris Public Schools

All Saints Catholic School

Cookson Hills School

Holland Hall

Holy Family Cathedral School

Immanuel Lutheran Christian Academy

Marquette Catholic School

Undercroft Montessori

Know a school that would like to join Link Up? Contact david@tulsasymphony.org to learn how.

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