As part of SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras, a group of panelists discusses the challenges facing orchestras as the audience landscape changes and communities call out for more engagement from their non-profit arts organizations, in a free Symposium at the Library of Congress.
PLEASE NOTE: This event does NOT take place at the Kennedy CenterSHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras
Symposium--Leading the Charge: Orchestra Innovation and the SHIFT Festival
Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Thomas Jefferson Building
Library of Congress
10 First Street, S.E., Washington, D.C.
The SHIFT festival provides a national platform for orchestras to showcase the breadth of their innovative work, on stage and in the community. It highlights the ways in which orchestras of all sizes are making a "shift"--where they perform, what they sound like, and whom they serve. The Symposium will ask hard questions about the universal challenges facing orchestras as the audience landscape changes, communities call out for more engagement from their non-profits, and the art form seeks its place amid the currents of contemporary American life. The Symposium will explore how successful orchestras question closely-held assumptions, take risks, develop cultures of continuous learning, and view the audience as a central partner.
Event Timing: 2–1/2 hours
NOTE: This is a FREE event. To make a reservation, please call (202) 416-8333 or email RSVP@kennedy-center.org.
10 a.m. -- Welcome
Session One -- Why SHIFT is Important
Rhona Wolfe Friedman, Commissioner, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Stanford Thompson, Trumpeter and Executive Director Play on Philly
Thomas Wilkins, Music Director, Omaha Symphony, Principal Conductor, Hollywood Bowl
Jenny Bilfield, President and CEO, Washington Performing Arts
11 a.m. -- Performance: Play On, Philly! Chamber Ensemble
11:15 a.m. -- Break
11:30 a.m. -- Presentation and Panel Discussion: Risk and Innovation
Presentation: Karen Dillon, Bestselling author and former editor, Harvard Business Review
Sandi Macdonald, President, The North Carolina Symphony
Kevin Shuck, Executive Director, The Boulder Philharmonic
Sarah Kirkland-Snider, Composer
Moderator: Jesse Rosen, President and CEO, League of American Orchestras
SHIFT is co-presented by Washington Performing Arts and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Generous support of the SHIFT Festival is provided through a matching grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, by Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather, and by Michael F. and Noémi K. Neidorff and The Centene Charitable Foundation.
SHIFT is funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Additional support is provided by Abramson Family Foundation, Betsy and Robert Feinberg, Morton and Norma Lee Funger, and Daniel R. Lewis
SHIFT is presented in association with JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy.
Support for JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy is provided by Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, Chevron, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, and Target.