Concert features 2,500 local elementary students

Special to The Log

On April 12, the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island was transformed into an electrifying concert hall when Sinfonia Gulf Coast presented its fourth annual live Link Up concert performance. “The Orchestra Sings,” a national program, was presented in partnership with New York’s Carnegie Hall Weill Institute of Music.

Altogether, 3,120 students throughout Okaloosa and Walton counties participated in Sinfonia Gulf Coast’s Link Up, 2,500 of which were in attendance, with recorders in hand, to perform from their seats when given their cue by Maestro Demetrius Fuller to join the orchestra. But they didn’t stay in their seats. At this spirited performance they were up out of their chairs singing and dancing choreographed moves they have been practicing for weeks.