The National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., has changed its program for the 2018 SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras, due to the death of baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky. He had been scheduled to appear with the orchestra as soloist this spring. NSO Music Director Gianandrea Noseda will conduct the all-Russian program on April 14, which will be dedicated to Hvorostovsky’s memory. The program includes Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, Balakirev’s Islamey (orch. Casella), and Rachmaninoff’s Five Études-Tableaux (orch. Respighi). In a press release, Noseda said, “The NSO and I were looking forward to welcoming Dima [Dmitri] to DC.… We dedicate this concert to his memory and to the power music can have on our lives.” Other SHIFT Festival programs include the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra on April 10, Albany Symphony on April 11, and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on April 13. In addition to concerts, an extensive series of free community events takes place around the city as part of the SHIFT Festival, which runs from April 9–15, 2018. SHIFT is a collaboration between the Kennedy Center and Washington Performing Arts. The SHIFT Festival is presented in cooperation with the League of American Orchestras. Visit shiftfestival.org for details.
Posted January 4, 2018