Sorry that I’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front. I’ve been busy with a sick baby, a sick Tall Dad, but mostly this — I’ve been performing in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Link Up Music Education Concerts. Over 11,000 kids came to Veterans Memorial Auditorium this week to ROCK with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra.  I was one of the vocalists, and also led the students in a piece titled “In C.”  Check out this short video created by my good friend, Jamie Coelho from Rhode Island Monthly!

I had so much fun hanging out with the other two vocalists, Martha and Katie.
These two ladies have killer pipes!

Joe Wilson Jr. was the emcee and Fransisco Noya conducted the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra.  This photo below is one of my favorite moments of our time together – we took a “selfie” with the children in the background – including some of the Cranston High School East Drumline!
I’m so happy and thankful that I was able to be a part of such an amazing performance.  
Here’s some information from the RI Philharmonic’s website:
Since 2012, the Philharmonic has partnered with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute to produce interactive concerts based on Carnegie Hall’s highly successful Link Up series. These concerts have included The Orchestra Sings (2012), teaching students about melody; and The Orchestra Moves (2013), teaching students about movement in music. This year is The Orchestra Rocks.
Link Up is a music education program conceived to connect classroom with concert hall. It is designed for students in grades 3-5, but may also be appropriate for older or younger audiences, depending on musical interest. No prior music experience required. Each participating student receives a quality soprano recorder and workbook, as part of a 12-unit curriculum that teaches basic music literacy through performance and creative work. The curriculum culminates in a lively interactive concert at The VETS.

What do you think? Do you know any students who attended a performance?