Boulder Philharmonic heads to Kennedy Center for SHIFT Festival

Posted on: March 24, 2017

“Creative programming, extensive community engagement and thoughtful collaborations have paid off for the Boulder Philharmonic,” writes Peter Alexander in Thursday’s (3/23) Boulder Weekly. “The big reward comes this week. Their next concert, Saturday, March 25, will be repeated Tuesday, March 28, at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., where they will be recognized as one of four orchestras … chosen for the inaugural Shift Festival of American Orchestras…. The program for the two concerts reflects several of the Boulder Phil’s recent initiatives, particularly the theme of ‘Nature and Music’ … and the collaboration with other local arts organizations. The program opens with the premiere of a new work by Stephen Lias, All the Songs that Nature Sings … Other works [include] … Jeff Midkin’s Mandolin Concerto ‘From the Blue Ridge’ and Steve Heitzig’s Ghosts of the Grasslands … and their 2013 partnering with Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance for Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring. … ‘About two years ago a call went out through the League of American Orchestras looking for ideas [for] a new festival,’ Boulder Phil’s executive director Kevin Schuck recalls. ‘What was going to be different about this festival was its focus on innovative programming and community engagement.’ Click here for complete SHIFT programming.

In photo: Dancers with Frequent Flyers perform with the Boulder Philharmonic. (Credit Glenn Ross/Boulder Philharmonic)

Posted March 24, 2017