Education Concerts

Link Up

The Charlotte Symphony expands its education programming to students in upstate South Carolina in 2016-2017.

Every 4th grade student from Chester County, SC and 5th grade student from Lancaster County, SC attended a performance of "The Orchestra Moves" at Belk Theater on Thursday, February 2, 2017.

This concert is part of the Link Up series developed by and performed in partnership with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute (WMI). The concerts are highly participatory with students learning about orchestral repertoire through a yearlong, hands-on curriculum. Each program focuses on specific concepts, including, rhythm, melody, tempo, orchestration, and composition. Using materials provided free-of-charge by WMI, teachers guide students in exploring music through the composer's lens, with students participating in active music-making. The program culminates in an opportunity to sing, play recorder, and move with the orchestra. As a prerequisite, all music teachers from both counties attended workshops led by our education staff.
The partnership with Chester County Schools extends even further through funding provided by the Springs Close Foundation. In addition to attending the Link Up concert, every 4th grader will experienec an in-school performance by a Charlotte Symphony brass quintet. We will also present our integrative Music and the Holocaust program for all Chester 7th graders in March 2017.


Presented annually since 1951, these thematic, curriculum-based concerts are geared to the integration of music into the core curriculum and are an excellent way for students from across the region to experience the power of a live orchestra. Concerts last approximately 50 minutes and are open to students in grades 3-8.

2017 concerts:

Rhythm is the basic building block of music. This concert explores the various ways rhythm is the thread that holds an orchestra together, and by extension, illuminates engaging ways students can relate to each other. Join Assistant Conductor Christopher James Lees and the musicians of the Charlotte Symphony for this exciting concert experience on Friday, March 17, 2017 with concerts at 10 and 11:20 am.

SHOSTAKOVICH                    Festive Overture
SOUSA                                   Liberty Bell March
BEETHOVEN                          Vivace from Symphony No. 7 
GRIEG                                    In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt Suite No. 2        
TCHAIKOVSKY                      Allegro con grazia from Symphony No. 6 "Pathetique"
DVORAK                                Slavonic Dance, Op. 46 No. 1
REICH                                     Clapping Music
BERNSTEIN                            Mambo from West Side Story Overture

Tickets/Reservations: Tickets are $8 for students, teachers, and chaperones. A reduced rate of $6 for Title I schools is available. Please keep in mind that the ticket price does not include transportation to or from the venue. To reserve seats or if you have questions, please contact Phoebe Lustig at 704.714.5114 or

We can also take these concerts out on the road! School districts and/or individual schools interested in hosting an education concert should contact Chris Stonnell, Director of Education, at 704.714.5110 or at for pricing and booking information.

Past education concert themes have included:

  • Orchestra in Orbit
  • Symphonic Dances From Across The Globe
  • Historical Measures: A Musical Timeline
  • Audible Imagery: Water as Music
  • Rhythm Around the World
  • Celebrate America!
  • Sounds of Enchantment: Myths, Legends, Fairy Tales and Folk Tales in Music
  • Notable Numbers: Patterns, Rhythms, and Form in Music
  • Eventful Music: Symphonic Stories of History


Bring the orchestra into your school with a Prelude Ensemble performance. These special presentations are open to students in grades K-12. Prelude Ensembles support North Carolina Standard's for Music Education and serve as an introduction for students to the instruments of the orchestra. Our professional musicians perform an interactive 45-minute program that includes discussion about their instruments, the repertoire, and featured composers. Each program also includes time for students to ask questions.


Phoebe Lustig
School Programs Manager