Raleigh, N.C. — The North Carolina Symphony is one of four orchestras invited to perform in 2017 at a new, week-long musical festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Joining the NC Symphony at the SHIFT Festival, March 27 through April 2, 2017, will be the Boulder Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and a Brooklyn-based ensemble, The Knights. The festival is designed to highlight North American orchestras of all sizes.
In addition to Kennedy Center performances, each orchestra will serve a residency in D.C., performing a number of ticketed and free concerts at other venues including schools and parks.
The NC Symphony's main concert is scheduled for March 29, 2017, at 8 p.m. Tickets will go on sale in the fall of 2016.
“Though not intentional, the orchestras we ultimately selected represent an almost perfect cross-section of North American orchestras in terms of geographic location, programming focus, budget size and thematic inspiration," said Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter in a statement. "Their enthusiasm for showcasing music that reflects their cities, and their innovative concepts for engaging with the community outside the walls of the concert hall, to us, reflect a fundamental and positive shift in how today’s orchestras view their role in the community.”
The SHIFT Festival is a collaboration between the Kennedy Center and Washington Performing Arts funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.