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SHIFT

Co-presented by Washington Performing Arts and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

SHIFT celebrates the vitality, identity, and extraordinary artistry of orchestras and chamber orchestras by creating an immersive festival experience in the nation's capital. The week-long festival is composed of mini-residencies, with each participating orchestra presenting education events, symposia, and community events in venues around Washington, D.C., along with full-orchestra performances in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

SHIFT Orchestra Concerts — All seats just $25!

The following events will take place in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

Jacksonville Symphony (part of SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras)

The Jacksonville Symphony’s program explores the many influences that jazz artists and composers have had on traditional classical composers. Their theme for the SHIFT festival is “Bridges,” and their Composer-in-Residence, Courtney Bryan, will have a significant presence in the mainstage concert as well as in the Symphony’s residency activities.

  • Tuesday, March 24, 2020 8:00 PM
  • Concert Hall

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (part of SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras)

The Baltimore Symphony presents a program celebrating the changing faces of America, from Dvořák's grand vision for American music, to a forgotten treasure by the first African American woman recognized as a symphonic composer, to a tour de force concerto that draws influence from all over the world.

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020 8:00 PM
  • Concert Hall

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (part of SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras)

Every good journey begins and ends at home. This program celebrates the artistic legacy of Knoxville, interweaving music with narrative excerpts by Pulitzer Prize-winning Knoxville native James Agee. The KSO highlights two pieces inspired by Agee texts: Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915, which vividly captures a young Agee’s memories of his family and home, and Copland’s Suite from The Tender Land, inspired in part by Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

  • Friday, March 27, 2020 8:00 PM
  • Concert Hall

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (part of SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras)

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Classical Theatre of Harlem offer a collaborative portrait of the cultural diversity and vitality of New York City through a musical and theatrical performance of Shakespeare’s classic tale A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

  • Saturday, March 28, 2020 8:00 PM
  • Concert Hall

Highlights from previous festivals