Magazine article International Musician

Orchestras and Programming Selected for SHIFT 2020 at Kennedy Center

Magazine article International Musician

Orchestras and Programming Selected for SHIFT 2020 at Kennedy Center

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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Washington Performing Arts have announced the four orchestras selected to participate in the third SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras, to take place March 23-29, 2020. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, will each give a Kennedy Center Concert Hall performance with all tickets priced at $25, plus each will take part in citywide residency activities.

The festival will feature diverse repertoire, thematic collaborations, commissioned works, dialogue and vocal elements, as well as projections. Each orchestra will share a version oftheir own education and community engagement programming with the DC community. The DC festival also provides an opportunity for the orchestras to interact with their respective elected officials and to educate members of Congress about the value of the arts and orchestras. The hope is that SHIFT 2020 will facilitate conversations about the impact and value of the arts on communities.

Jacksonville Symphony

Performing at Kennedy Center March 24, Jacksonville Symphony's SHIFT theme is "Bridges" and its program will explore the influences of jazz on traditional classical composers. Residency activities will include "Compose Yourself." Composer-in-residence Courtney Bryan and symphony musicians, members of Local 444 (Jacksonville, FL), will help middle school students compose a personal theme song. …

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