Paducah Symphony Orchestra gets grant to fund program for local schools

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra says it has received a $1,500 grant to help fund artist residences for kids at two local schools. 

The grant comes from Wal-Mart, and the symphony says the money goes to two week-long residencies at McNabb Elementary School and Reidland Intermediate School. The symphony says it will host Jeff Dayton as an artist in residence and his program, Making Music Nashville Style, during the last two weeks of this month. 

The program will open with an informal concert at each school, and then Dayton will explore topics including musical genres, lyric writing, music business, team building and creative development with students. PSO says the students will perform original songs at in-school concerts on Friday each week. 

The PSO also says it’ll present a concert featuring Dayton and The Carsons on Sept. 24. Proceeds from that concert will also go towards artist in residence programs at local schools. 

To buy tickets for the concert, called Nashville Songwriters in Concert, call 270-444-0065 or visit the symphony website

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