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The North Carolina Symphony brings our musical culture into the national spotlight, at SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras in Washington, D.C., at the end of this month. NCS is one of just four American orchestras selected to participate in the inaugural year of this prestigious festival in our nation’s capital! The festival is a collaboration between The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Washington Performing Arts.

NCS was chosen for our artistic excellence, creative programming, and dedication to serving and building relationships in communities across North Carolina. Our participation in the festival includes a concert on the main stage of The Kennedy Center; a performance at the Smithsonian's Kogod Courtyard, echoing the concerts we perform at community venues in North Carolina; and an education concert for public schoolchildren, reflecting our music education mission. 

The North Carolina Symphony is deeply committed to presenting artists and works with ties to our state; the music we have programmed for the festival is deeply evocative of North Carolina
meaning that our performances on the SHIFT festival not only draw national attention to the Symphony, but also to our state’s culture and heritage, which has defined our work and musical offerings since our founding in 1932.
Before we head to D.C., we’ll preview our programs for you here at home—don’t miss the chance to hear these works by composers with ties to our state, before we perform in D.C.!

You can also make a gift to show your support of your North Carolina Symphony as we take our place on a national stage. 

Kennedy Center Bon Voyage

Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh
Fri. March 24 | 8pm

Ward: Jubilation Overture
Caroline Shaw: Lo
Mason Bates: Rusty Air in Carolina
Sarah Kirkland Snider: Hiraeth
Ward: City of Oaks

This program will also be performed at The Kennedy Center on March 29

Hear the music of our own state—each of the works on this program represents North Carolina! Mason Bates took inspiration from summer nights in Brevard, North Carolina; Caroline Shaw grew up in Greenville, North Carolina, where some of her earliest musical experiences were hearing the North Carolina Symphony; Sarah Kirkland Snider recalled childhood visits to her grandparents in Salisbury, North Carolina in her multimedia work; and Robert Ward spent more than four decades in North Carolina, on faculty at the University of Winston-Salem and Duke University.

Complete program notes for this music are available here.

Learn more about the music:

Hear Jubilation Overture, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Ward.

Caroline Shaw—North Carolina native, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, violinist, and singer—performs on both of our SHIFT programs.

Read a preview of our 2015 performance of Lo and read a preview of her upcoming work with us from Indy Week.  

Watch Caroline Shaw on creativity.

Hear Rusty Air in Carolina, by Mason Bates.

Watch a the trailer film for Hiraeth, by Sarah Kirkland Snider.

Read a review of the 2015 world premiere of Hiraeth
from Indy Week.

CAM Raleigh
Sat., March 25 | 8pm

Gabriel Kahane: "Hard Circus Road"
Caroline Shaw: By and By
Sarah Kirkland Snider: Unremembered

This program will also be performed at the Kogod Courtyard in Washington, D.C., on March 30

Enjoy an evening of art, music, and drinks at CAM Raleigh, featuring musicians of the North Carolina Symphony and guest vocalists Shara Nova (My Brightest Diamond), DM Stith, and Padma Newsome. You’ll hear an intimate performance of music by some of today’s best indy-classical composers—the ethereal song cycle Unremembered by Sarah Kirkland Snider; a bluegrass-inspired piece for voice and quartet by Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw, who will sing her own work; and Gabriel Kahane’s vision of the North Carolina Symphony’s travels around the state. 

Learn more about the music:

Watch the preview for Sarah Kirkland Snider's Unremembered.

Read a review of songs from Unremembered
performed in 2015 by the North Carolina Symphony
from Indy Week.

Hear a performance of Caroline Shaw's By and By.

Join us in Washington, D.C.:

Hear our Kennedy Center performance on March 29

Hear our Kogod Courtyard performance on March 30
Learn more:

SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras

Read a preview of the festival from The Washington Post

North Carolina Symphony Musicians Share Thoughts on SHIFT (Winter 2017)

Ask the Composers (Spring 2017)

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