Lexington Symphony

Lexington Symphony is a professional orchestra of devoted musicians who share a passion for classical music, a commitment to community engagement, and a dedication to exacting standards of performance, offering six concerts each season at Cary Hall in Lexington. The Symphony also reaches thousands of area youth annually with its award-winning educational outreach program for third and fourth graders, Orchestrating Kids Through Classics.™ 

Maintaining a unique blend of grassroots spirit and professionalism with an emphasis on accessibility, Lexington Symphony offers great programming, superb performances, affordable tickets, and outreach programs that introduce music lovers of all ages to classical music.

mission and history


mission and history

mission and history

“We, in the audience, were dazzled! What a program, what an evening. Thanks to you all.”

“I closed my eyes and I thought I was in heaven…and I didn’t want the piece to end.”

“Congratulations on last week’s concert — it was STUPENDOUS!”

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 workshops and concerts for children, and offers an educational outreach program for third and fourth graders, Orchestrating Kids Through Classics™, 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 so 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.