Toy Symphony, Tod Machover
and his team at the MIT Media Lab
strive to bridge the gap between professional musicians and children, as
well as between audience and performers. This three year project, combining
children, virtuosic performers like violinist Joshua
Bell and conductor Kent Nagano, composers and symphony
orchestras around the world, is intended to radically alter how children
are introduced to music, serving to redefine the relationship between professional
musicians and young people.
use of innovative technologies to create musical instruments and compositional
tools designed for an individual of any skill level, as well as weeklong
workshops culminating in an integrated performance with children and professional
musicians, Toy Symphony is designed as an utterly inclusive experience,
one that will infuse the orchestra with youthful and enthusiastic collaborators,
and the instruments, sounds, and ideas of the 21st century.