The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Washington Performing Arts have announced the four orchestras selected to participate in the third SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras, taking place at the Kennedy Center and other locations around D.C. from March 23–29, 2020. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra was one of just four orchestras selected to perform a concert during the festival as well as present community residency programs in the D.C. area.

Watch this video to see highlights from the 2017 SHIFT Festival.

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra wants YOU to join us at the SHIFT Festival in March 2020. During our visit to DC, the KSO will perform on the Kennedy Center mainstage, where you can sit with other Knoxville natives to support your local symphony.  The Kennedy Center offers free tours 10 A.M.- 5 P.M. every weekday. Knoxville ticket holders are invited to join the KSO for a post-concert reception on Friday, March 27. We finish our trip with an UnStaged concert at a local Craft Distillery.

Friday, March 27, 2020 – 8:00 PM Performance at the Kennedy Center

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Music Director Aram Demirjian and joined by special guests Julia Bullock, soprano; The University of Tennessee Symphony Brass; R.B. Morris, Knoxville Poet Laureate, and Rhea Carmon, poet.

Saturday, March 28, 2020 – 1:00 PM UnStaged: SHIFT at Republic Restoratives, Craft Distillery
UnStaged tickets to go on sale soon.

Join us for this extraordinary trip and secure your tickets today! Tickets for the Kennedy Center performance can be purchase by visiting the Kennedy Center website or calling their box office at (202) 467-4600.

SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras is provided through a matching grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support is provided by Daniel R. Lewis. SHIFT is presented in cooperation with the League of American Orchestras.