An Orchestra Adopts a City, One Kid at a Time

OrchKids is a free afterschool program in Baltimore founded by Marin Alsop, the musical director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Founded 10 years ago with just 30 students in a single school, OrchKids now reaches 1,300 students across 6 schools and has performed with musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma and Wynton Marsalis.

Alsop’s goal? To change the landscape of Baltimore concert halls and stages, which “don’t reflect the diversity of our communities” she once said in an interview.

OrchKids offers a respite from troubles that often come disturbingly close to home in a city that has seen more than its fair share of troubles.

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