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Shift. A festival of North American orchestras.

2018 SHIFT Festival

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.

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

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Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (part of SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras)

Conducted by music director Miguel Harth-Bedoya and featuring guest soloists Augustin Hadelich on violin and dancers from Texas Ballet Theater, this fascinating program celebrates the vibrant Latin American communities of Forth Worth as well as Harth-Bedoya's South American heritage.

  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018 8:00 PM
  • Concert Hall
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Albany Symphony (part of SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras)

This concert, "The River Flows Through Us," explores the history of upstate New York through the lens of bodies of water that surround and connect communities. David Alan Miller conducts a program that welcomes soloists Joyce Yang on piano, Carol Jantsch on tuba, and D.C. public school choruses.

  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018 8:00 PM
  • Concert Hall
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Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (part of SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras)

This program reflects the ISO’s mission to engage all ages and introduce Polish works inspired by music director Krzysztof Urbanski’s heritage. Superstar cellist Alisa Weilerstein joins for Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, while Penderecki's Credo features five singers and two Indianapolis choirs.

  • Friday, April 13, 2018 8:00 PM
  • Concert Hall
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National Symphony Orchestra (part of SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras)

New NSO Music Director Gianandrea Noseda conducts an all-Russian program dedicated to the memory of Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who was scheduled to perform as a soloist at this concert but passed away in November 2017.

  • Saturday, April 14, 2018 8:00 PM
  • Concert Hall

Residency Events

2018 Residency Events to be announced soon