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Orchestrating Kids Through Classics™
Lexington Symphony’s celebrated educational program Orchestrating Kids Through Classics™ is not a classical “eat your broccoli” concert for kids. It’s an original program with a fresh approach to listening and learning, and kids love it! It starts with a visit by four of our musicians to your school, where your students learn about the instrument families of the orchestra. A few weeks later, you and your students come to Cary Hall, Lexington to hear the whole orchestra led by conductor Jonathan McPhee, winner of the Gabriel Award for his work with kids. The one-hour dramatic concert takes the audience on a tour of the orchestra from its very beginnings 500 years ago through present-day Star Wars, with many creative flourishes along the way.
The excitement of live performance is at the core of Orchestrating Kids. Designed specifically for third and fourth graders who are at the age where kids choose instruments to play, its overarching goal is to personalize and demystify the classical concert experience while introducing the diverse sounds of an orchestra in an engaging way. By showing how orchestral sound has radically changed over time, the program encourages active listening, the development of a critical approach to new information and ideas, and participation and appreciation of a wide range of musical styles spanning 500 years of music history.
Orchestrating Kids Through Classics™ 2014-2015 Season
Educators: Sign up now to reserve a spot for next season’s Orchestrating Kids Through Classics™ program! Early sign-up is encouraged. Classroom visits will take place during January 2015. The concert schedule is as follows (please note our new location for 2015!):
Performances at Burlington High School, Burlington MA:
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, 9:30 am
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, 11:30 am
Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, 9:30 am
Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, 11:30 am
Snow dates: Feb. 5 and 6
Please contact us at 781-523-9009 for information about ticket prices and availability. Schools are responsible for bus fees. If you require an access accommodation, please call two weeks prior to the concert date and we will assist you with your request.
Learn more about the program:
OKTC in Framingham Public Schools
The Lexington Symphony took Orchestrating Kids Through Classics(TM) on the road in June of 2011 thanks to a generous grant from the Bose Corporation, assistance from Mary Kiely and the Framingham Council for the Arts, and the dedication of Lexington Symphony flute player Cindy Moore, who teaches music at Barbieri Elementary School in Framingham. In 2011, the Symphony performed the program for more than 700 students at Framingham’s Memorial Hall. Lexington Symphony traveled to Framingham again in February of 2012 and January of 2013, and will continue its partnership with the Framingham public schools and other schools in that area in 2014.
Orchestrating Kids Through Classics™ is generously sponsored in part by Shire HGT, the Lexington Education Foundation, Target Corporation, and People’s United Bank.
“What a fantastic event yesterday! And what an enormous benefit for all of our 3rd graders. The program was wonderful – a nice mix of talking and playing with the added bonus of those great monks, the ringing cellphone, the 6th grader playing and Darth Vader. The kids were interested and hooking them with the Star Wars theme in the beginning was smart. I spoke to some of the third grade teachers at Hastings and they agreed that it was a wonderful performance and very enriching for the children, “some of whom will never again see this type of performance.” They’d like to see it again. They also mentioned that sending the Symphony quartets out to the school ahead of time sparked the childrens’ interest, and had them looking for “their players” yesterday on the stage. I think 3rd grade is a perfect age for this, as they choose string instruments in 4th grade, and then visit the BSO in 5th grade, so it’s a nice introduction and then continuum. A wonderful program, a wonderful use of LEF grant money and community resources – our Symphony! I’d be happy to help if you do it again next year.”
– Parent, LEF Board member