Students at Tacoma Symphony get to play along

IMG_0018An orchestra doesn’t often get to play Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” theme with the entire audience joining in.

Tacoma Symphony’s annual Simply Symphonic schools concerts came with a big difference this year — an interactive program called Link Up, organized by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.

The program was brought to the orchestra by its new music director, Sarah Ioannides, who conducted her enormous ensemble with obvious delight.

“The more the audience participates, the more it works,” Ioannides said backstage after the second of Tuesday’s two concerts.It’s designed to be educational as much as entertaining,” Ioannides said. “It gets students to understand how melody gets passed around through the orchestra, and simplifies it enough that they can grasp easily how composition takes place.

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