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March 2017
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SHIFT A Festival of American Orchestras in Washington, D.C.

Special Event Concert
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 8:00pm

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

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!

For more information about the music, visit our SHIFT preview page.

In various ways, each of the works on this program represents our home state. 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. By embracing artists who know and love our state, we become a part of creating and curating a collective understanding of North Carolina’s unique culture and the communities that we serve.

Patrons who would like to hear a preview of the program in Raleigh's Meymandi Concert Hall can find more information at the link about our "Kennedy Center Bon Voyage!" concert on March 24.

Additional concerts featuring selections from our Festival program, including Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw playing her own work, will take place on March 11 in Raleigh, on March 12 in New Bern, and on April 1 in Southern Pines.

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