SHIFT A Festival of American Orchestras: Boulder Philharmonic
"Nature and Music" is this program's theme, inspired by Boulder's natural beauty and an example of how the orchestra responds to its location. The concert features a multimedia commission commemorating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
Taking inspiration from its hometown's natural beauty, Boulder Philharmonic offers a sonic and visual exploration of the great outdoors. Conducted by the orchestra's Music Director Michael Butterman, the concert features Stephen Lias's All the Songs that Nature Sings, a Boulder Philharmonic commission with projected photographs of the Rocky Mountains in honor of the National Park Service's 100th anniversary. The program continues with the spotlight on mandolinist Jeff Midkiff in his original concerto From the Blue Ridge, plus Steve Heitzeg's "Winter: Ghosts of the Grasslands" from his Symphony to the Prairie Farm. The finale, Copland's Appalachian Spring, takes this concert experience to new heights with help from aerialist dance troupe Frequent Flyers.
Stay after the concert for a discussion with Michael Butterman, composers Stephen Lias and Jeff Midkiff, and Frequent Flyers artistic director Nancy Smith.
SHIFT is co-presented by Washington Performing Arts and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Performance Timing: Part One - 50 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 34 min.
Generous support of the SHIFT Festival is provided through a matching grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, by Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather, and by Michael F. and Noémi K. Neidorff and The Centene Charitable Foundation.
SHIFT is funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Additional support is provided by Abramson Family Foundation, Betsy and Robert Feinberg, Morton and Norma Lee Funger, and Daniel R. Lewis
SHIFT is presented in association with JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy.
Support for JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy is provided by Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, Chevron, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, and Target.