Four American orchestras head to Washington D.C. for 2020 SHIFT Festival

Posted on: March 11, 2020

From March 23 to 29, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Washington Performing Arts will present SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras, with concerts and events by the Jacksonville Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and throughout Washington, D.C. Building on the repertoire and concepts presented during SHIFT in 2017 and 2018, the Jacksonville Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra will offer concerts that include multi-genre thematic collaborations and commissioned works, along with dialogue, vocal elements, and projections. The cornerstone event for each orchestra is a full-length performance in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, with tickets priced at $25 to attract wide audiences. In addition, each orchestra’s SHIFT residency will include education and community activities—many free of charge—that are hallmarks of their work in their own communities. These programs are offered across Washington through partnerships with education and health care institutions, local businesses, and arts organizations. SHIFT is a collaboration between the Kennedy Center and Washington Performing Arts and is presented in cooperation with the League of American Orchestras. To learn more, visit the Kennedy Center’s SHIFT site.