Students play along with the Oregon Symphony

Elementary school students play alongside members of the Oregon Symphony Thursday. (KATU Photo)

Thousands of kids from across the Portland area got the chance of a lifetime Thursday at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Elementary school students played Mozart, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky alongside the Oregon Symphony.

It’s a program called The Orchestra Rocks. It’s where the symphony lets students who’ve been practicing all year long join them in playing some of classical music’s greatest pieces while learning the basic components of a symphony.

“It’s just a lively curriculum. It’s something they’ve been waiting for, where they can interact with the orchestra. And it’s very participatory, as you saw, and the kids see themselves and part of the performance, which is the most important part,” said Monica Hayes, the education and community programs director for the Oregon Symphony.

Nearly 6,000 kids from Portland, David Douglas and Tigard/Tualatin schools took part.

The symphony would love to expand the program to kids around the state.

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