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The Essential Ring: An Overview of a Masterpiece

Lexington Symphony Music Director Jonathan McPhee talks about the challenging artistic process of condensing Wagner’s masterful “Ring Cycle.” Reducing Wagner’s “Ring Cycle” — one of the greatest musical achievements in history — from more than 17 hours of music to two evenings of three hours each was a daunting task. There are multiple ways to approach… Read more »

The Best Way to Spread Holiday Cheer . . .

. . . is singing loud for all to hear! Lexington Symphony and Music Director Jonathan McPhee will give families and people of all ages the chance to do just that in celebration of the holiday season on Saturday, December 5 with its annual Holiday POPS! concerts, which will take place at Cary Hall (1605… Read more »

Jonathan McPhee Celebrates 10 Years with Lexington Symphony

Lexington Symphony’s 2014–2015 season has been a milestone year. Not only has it been the 20th consecutive year of operation for this successful nonprofit professional orchestra, but it has also marked the 10th anniversary for the organization’s Music Director, Jonathan McPhee. A leading musical figure in New England, McPhee officially joined Lexington Symphony in 2004,… Read more »

Fun in the Classroom

Four Lexington Symphony musicians (Elizabeth Whitfield, Rebecca Hawkins, William Kirkley, and Jobey Wilson) visited 24 schools in January as part of the Symphony’s Orchestrating Kids Through Classics™ (OKTC) program. The classroom visits were a prelude to four concerts exploring the history of classical music offered by Music Director Jonathan McPhee and Lexington Symphony, which took… Read more »

Behind the Scenes: Lexington Symphony Concert Fund Partners

Christina Gamota, founder and chair of Lexington Symphony Concert Fund Partners — the sponsoring organization of our upcoming October 18th concert — talks about her lifelong love of music, what makes Lexington Symphony special, and her drive to offer support for large-scale programs, guest artists, and extraordinary musical experiences. When, why, and by whom was… Read more »

A Moment Outside Time: The Music of Arvo Pärt

Here, we provide an overview of the music of renowned Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, which will be featured at our upcoming 2014-2015 season opener, “Estonian Night,” on Saturday, September 20th. Arvo Pärt was born in Paide, Estonia, on September 11, 1935, and grew up in Tallinn. From 1958 to 1967, he was employed as a recording… Read more »

Encouraging the Musicians of Tomorrow

In November, Lexington Symphony musicians volunteered their time helping more than 70 Lexington High School students prepare for this year’s MMEA auditions. Concertmaster Liz Whitfield shares her thoughts about the experience. It is 7:30 a.m. Not too early to be sipping coffee and reading the newspaper in the comfort of my own home, but rather… Read more »

Project 351 Food Drive at Holiday POPS!

If you are coming to one of our Holiday POPS! concerts this Friday, December 6th, in addition to your singing voice we hope you will consider bringing a contribution for the Lexington Food Pantry to help support families and children in need and Project 351. Talia Ruxin, an 8th-grader from Lexington, has organized the food… Read more »

Joy and Peace

New World Chorale Artistic Director Holly Krafka talks about the chorus’s upcoming November 16th collaborative performance with Lexington Symphony As the artistic director of New World Chorale, I can tell you that we are thrilled and excited for the opportunity to collaborate once again with the fantastic Lexington Symphony orchestra. Our first collaboration was Mozart’s… Read more »

Lexington Symphony Receives Grant from Target for Orchestrating Kids Through Classics™

Lexington Symphony is pleased to announce that its Orchestrating Kids Through Classics™ (OKTC) educational outreach program has been awarded a grant from Target Corporation. In recognition of the Symphony’s efforts to introduce third and fourth graders from local elementary schools to classical music in both a classroom and a concert setting, the grant will help… Read more »