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Our Mission and History
Founded in 1995 by conductor Hisao Watanabe and a group of dedicated professional musicians and supporters, Lexington Symphony maintains a grass-roots community spirit while producing high-quality performances that attract an ever-growing audience from Lexington and surrounds. The orchestra regularly fills 800-seat Cary Hall with the six concerts it presents each year led by conductor Jonathan McPhee.
Passionate about educating the next generation about classical music, the Symphony presents a workshop and concert for children, and offers an educational outreach program for third and fourth graders, Orchestrating Kids Through Classics™, both of which have received accolades from parents, kids, and teachers alike. Working to make classical music accessible to all, Lexington Symphony offers outreach programs that serve all ages, provides tickets at affordable prices, and presents exciting concert experiences that audiences love. Orchestra members work with community members in all aspects of the organization, and it is this energetic collaboration between musicians, community, and conductor that makes Lexington Symphony special.
Music Director Jonathan McPhee, who joined the orchestra in 2005, is one of the leading musical figures in New England. Lexington Symphony’s concerts are preceded by a Conductor’s Talk by Maestro McPhee that combines musical examples with biographical information. Exploring the thoughts of the composers who created the musical pieces to be performed, the Conductor’s Talk educates the audience and enhances the listening experience.
Connecting to the community is at the heart of Lexington Symphony’s mission and approach. The orchestra has been recognized for its community outreach efforts with a number of awards.