Date(s) - 03/28/2017 - 04/01/2017
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Two premier presenting organizations, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Washington Performing Arts, are collaborating to present SHIFT, a week-long spotlight on North American orchestras of all sizes, debuting in the spring of 2017.
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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Events at the Kennedy Center
- MAR 28: Boulder Philharmonic
“Nature and Music” is this program’s theme, inspired by Boulder’s natural beauty and an example of how the orchestra responds to its location. The concert features a multimedia commission commemorating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
- MAR 29: North Carolina Symphony
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.
ASO presents “Creation/ Creator” by Christopher Theofanidis, a theatrical and multimedia oratorio featuring soloists, a 180-piece choir, and a full orchestra. The work explores creation and the creative process using texts from a wide range of sources.
- APR 1: The Knights
This deeply collaborative and creative chamber orchestra from Brooklyn brings a program featuring the San Francisco Girls Chorus along with works by Brahms, Vivaldi, Aaron Jay Kernis, an original commission by Lisa Bielawa, and a work created by the orchestra.