Credit: Michael Zirkle courtesy of NC Symphony
Credit: Michael Zirkle courtesy of NC Symphony

This week sees the North Carolina Symphony perform in Washington D.C. under the baton of Grant Llewellyn, joining three other orchestras taking part in the inaugural year of SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras. The festival champions the artistry and identity of orchestras across America with a week-long festival encompassing concerts and education and community events across the capital.

The North Carolina Symphony perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in a programme including Ward’s Jubilation Overture and City of Oaks and Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Hiraeth, whilst violinist and composer Caroline Shaw joins the orchestra for her own work – Lo – for violin and orchestra. Each of the works has taken inspiration from the orchestra’s home state, representing the orchestra’s connection with its local culture and community in North Carolina.

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