SHIFT A Festival of American Orchestras: North Carolina Symphony

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 8:00 PM

The orchestra offers an innovative program, deeply evocative of North Carolina, represented in particular by four composers with ties to the state: Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Mason Bates, and Robert Ward.



Run Time:

Approx. 1 hour

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Grant Llewellyn conducts an innovative concert of music straight from the heart of the orchestra's home--including a North Carolina Symphony commission from Sarah Kirkland Snider that features a multimedia meditation on her family's home in rural North Carolina. The evening also features music by three more composers with strong ties to the state: Mason Bates's Rusty Air in Carolina, Robert Ward's Jubilation Overture and City of Oaks, and Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw's Lo, for which Shaw joins the orchestra as a violin soloist.

SHIFT is co-presented by Washington Performing Arts and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Performance Timing: Part One - 20 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 25 min.

Program and Notes

Robert Ward
Jubilation Overture
Mason Bates
Rusty Air in Carolina
Caroline Shaw
Sarah Kirkland Snider
(commissioned by North Carolina Symphony; world premiere 2015)
Robert Ward
City of Oaks

Watch and Listen

Five Questions with Composer and Musician Caroline Shaw

SHIFT: Why these four orchestras?


SHIFT: Why is SHIFT unique?

SHIFT: Should orchestras change?

SHIFT: Musical Ambassadors

SHIFT: Misconceptions about Orchestras

SHIFT: Festival of American Orchestras

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