The Kennedy Center

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

SHIFT A Festival of American Orchestras: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

Friday, March 31, 2017 8:00 PM

JFK Centennial Celebration Special Concerts SHIFT

ASO presents "Creation/Creator" by Christopher Theofanidis, a theatrical and multimedia oratorio featuring soloists and the 180-piece choir and orchestra. The work explores creation and the creative process using texts from a wide range of sources.

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Narration, soloists, and the 180-member Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus come together for a powerhouse performance of Creation/Creator by Christopher Theofanidis, a member of ASO's "Atlanta School of Composers." Commissioned by the ASO with music direction by Robert Spano, this theatrical and multimedia oratorio explores creation and the creative process using words from philosophy, science, religion, poetry, and literature--brought to life by singers Jessica Rivera, Sasha Cooke, Thomas Cooley, Nmon Ford, and Evan Boyer, with narration by Steven Cole and Shannon Eubanks

Stay after the concert for a discussion with composer Christopher Theofanidis.

SHIFT is co-presented by Washington Performing Arts and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Performance Timing: 97 minutes, with no intermission.

Program & Notes


Watch and Listen

SHIFT: Festival of American Orchestras

SHIFT: Why these four orchestras?


SHIFT: Why is SHIFT unique?

SHIFT: Should orchestras change?

SHIFT: Musical Ambassadors

SHIFT: Misconceptions about Orchestras