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Orchestrating Kids Through Classics™ 2017 – Huge Hit for 2,000 Students!

Posted by Bridget Brazeau in Announcements on January 31, 2017

Last week, 2,000 kids listened, laughed, cheered, and “conducted” from their seats — engaged, entertained and educated by Lexington Symphony’s Orchestrating Kids Through Classics™ (OKTC), the original award winning education program created to introduce children to the instruments of the orchestra and the history of classical music.

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OKTC is a two-part program which begins with a classroom visit by a quartet of Lexington Symphony musicians. This is followed by a trip through 500 years of music history with the whole orchestra at Cary Hall – from chanting monks to Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, & Tchaikovsky… all the way to John Williams’ thrilling Star Wars theme, and a special guest from the dark side!

Since 2009, Lexington Symphony has performed for over 19,000 students across the state, including providing scholarships to underserved communities.

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A Note from Music Director Jonathan McPhee:

“I always look forward to conducting OKTC.  Seeing thousands of children captivated by the sounds of each instrument as it is introduced on stage, and watching the kids react to how the sound of the orchestra changes is fun and inspiring.  In a way, it is not only the history of Western Music, but a window into the history of creativity itself.”

Thank you to Lexington Symphony’s generous donors and corporate sponsors for making OKTC possible.

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