Knoxville Symphony to bring local flavor to 2020 SHIFT Festival in Washington, D.C.

Posted on: June 20, 2018

“The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (KSO) will join three other American orchestras for the third SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras during its 2019-2020 season,” writes Kylie Hubbard in Tuesday’s (6/19) Knoxville News Sentinel (TN). “Sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Washington Performing Arts, the festival began in 2017 and offers education, engagement and community events in and around Washington, D.C.” The 2020 festival runs March 23-29. “ ‘Its dual emphasis on artistry and transformative community engagement aligns so well with our mission at the Knoxville Symphony, and when we learned of a call for applications from the League of American Orchestras, we were eager to be considered,’ KSO music director Aram Demirjian said…. Along with KSO, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (NY) were selected…. SHIFT strives to give orchestras an opportunity to share samples of their greatest work while embodying who they are as an orchestra.… KSO will perform ‘Knoxville: Artists at Home’ at the Kennedy Center.… The League of American Orchestras will also partner with SHIFT to help facilitate Capitol Hill engagements and conversations regarding the impact and value of orchestras and their place in the community.”

Posted June 20, 2018