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D.C.: Shift Festival unites four orchestras in celebration

April 9, 2018

The annual SHIFT Festival is a week-long immersive experience April 9-14 for four American orchestras that play Kennedy Center concerts and also venture into the nation’s capital for mini-residencies, symposia and other community events. This year’s visitors include the Indianapolis Symphony and music director Krzysztof Urbański (pictured), as well as the Fort Worth Symphony led by Miguel Harth-Bedoya, the Albany Symphony led by David Alan Miller, and the D.C. home team, the National Symphony Orchestra, led by its new music director, Gianandrea Noseda.

The programs are ambitious:

  • The ISO’s concert (April 13) includes cellist Alisa Weilerstein in the Lutosławski Cello Concerto along with Lutosławski’s rarely heard Credo.
  • The FWSO’s concert (April 10) includes Jimmy López’ new  Symphonic Canvas drawn from his 2015 opera Bel Canto and Anna Clyne’s RIFT, a symphonic ballet choreographed for six dancers onstage.
  • The ASO (April 11) will present several commissioned works from its cross-cultural celebration of the bicentennial of New York’s Erie Canal.
  • The NSO concert (April 14) includes baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky singing Shostakovich’s Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti. 


April 9, 2018
Classical Voice North America