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THE OKTC PROGRAM

Each year, every Lexington third grader and thousands of children from greater Boston hear a real live orchestra, learn the history of classical music and are often inspired to play an instrument—a lifelong impact! Kids listen, laugh, cheer, and “conduct” from their seats—Engaged, entertained and educated by Lexington Symphony’s Orchestrating Kids Through Classics™ (OKTC). 

Since 2009, Lexington Symphony has performed for over 18,000 students across the state, including providing scholarships to underserved communities such as Somerville, Lawrence and Dorchester. Most participants have never seen a live orchestra before. Corporate and individual support makes it possible for Lexington Symphony to perform OKTC, the original award winning education program created to introduce children to the instruments of the orchestra and the history of classical music.

The program includes an up-close classroom visit by a team of Lexington Symphony musicians. This is followed, a few weeks later, by a trip through time with the whole orchestra, from chanting monks to Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky… all the way to John Williams’ thrilling Star Wars theme, with a special guest from the dark side!

Lexington Symphony has presented OKTC to packed halls in Lexington, Burlington and Framingham.

OKTC has had a huge impact here in Lexington on enrollment in the LPS instrumental music program and is now a regular part of Lexington’s elementary school arts education!

OKTC 2018 Dates: 

  • Thursday January 25th 9:30am (Sold Out)
  • Thursday January 25th 11:30am
  • Friday January 26th 10 am

All concerts take place at Cary Hall in Lexington.

Thank you 2017 Sponsors!

Orchestrating Kids Through Classics™ is generously sponsored in part by the following:

To learn about becoming a 2018 OKTC sponsor, please contact the Symphony office 781-523-9009 or email Deb Rourke drourke@lexingtonsymphony.org.

The Lexington Symphony is the best orchestra I have ever heard. When they played the Star Wars theme it sounded like the movie! Right before the song Darth Vader walked out! One of the other surprises was a sixth grader coming out to play Mozart while wearing a wig that looks like Mozart’s hair. Some of the composers they taught us about were Haydn, Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart, just to name a few. One of the things I liked most was how they taught us about the evolution of musical instruments. That’s why I like the Lexington Symphony Orchestra.
— Maya Mudgal, Mrs. Weeks' third-grade class, Bowman School

ABOUT OKTC

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. Next, you and your students come to Cary Hall 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, the age at which many kids choose instruments to play, the program’s goal is to demystify and personalize 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.

Orchestrating Kids Through Classics™ 2017-2018 Season

Educators: Sign up now to reserve a spot for this season’s Orchestrating Kids Through Classics™ program! Early sign-up is encouraged. Classroom visits will take place in January 2018.

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Please contact us 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.

Sitting there, I can tell you the kids were totally engaged. The program was so well orchestrated to grab them at the beginning and take them on a journey through time. I hope this can continue in the future as it is a phenomenal program for all involved. I loved it myself!
— Parent

OKTC IN FRAMINGHAM PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The Lexington Symphony took Orchestrating Kids Through Classics™ 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. The Symphony performed for more than 700 students at Framingham’s Memorial Hall, then traveled to Framingham again in February 2012 and January 2013, 2014 and 2016.

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