The orchestra offers an innovative program, deeply evocative of North Carolina, represented in particular by four composers with ties to the state: Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Mason Bates, and Robert Ward.
Grant Llewellyn conducts an innovative concert of music straight from the heart of the orchestra's home--including a North Carolina Symphony commission from Sarah Kirkland Snider that features a multimedia meditation on her family's home in rural North Carolina. The evening also features music by three more composers with strong ties to the state: Mason Bates's Rusty Air in Carolina, Robert Ward's Jubilation Overture and City of Oaks, and Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw's Lo, a North Carolina Symphony co-commission for which Shaw joins the orchestra as a violin soloist.
SHIFT is co-presented by Washington Performing Arts and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Performance Timing: Part One - 45 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 40 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.