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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

The Oak


Rose of the Winds


“Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”
"Goin' Home"


Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 “From the New World”


Performance Information

NOTE: Tickets for SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras are available only through the Kennedy Center Box Office online or at (202) 467-4600.

Joined by a diverse range of guest stars—including veterans of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and our very own adult gospel choir—the BSO presents a program celebrating the changing faces of America. Works to be performed include Dvořák’s grand vision for American music, a forgotten treasure by the first African American woman recognized as a symphonic composer, and a tour de force concerto drawing influences from all over the world.

About SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras
SHIFT celebrates the vitality, identity, and extraordinary artistry of orchestras and chamber orchestras in an immersive festival experience in the nation’s capital. The week-long festival is composed of mini-residencies, with each participating orchestra presenting education and community events in venues around Washington, D.C., along with full-orchestra performances in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

As the title suggests, SHIFT is about change: the evolution of the art form, the leaving behind of preconceived notions, and the welcoming of new audiences to symphonic music. In keeping with the latter, all tickets for SHIFT’s concerts at the Kennedy Center are priced at a flat $25, and many companion events will be offered free of charge (some with advance reservations required; schedule and details will be announced in the coming months).

The Men and Women of the Gospel Choir also appear in the annual Living the Dream… Singing the Dream concert with Choral Arts on January 26, 2020 and in concert with the Children of the Gospel Choir on June 7, 2020.

SHIFT is co-presented by Washington Performing Arts and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Generous support of the SHIFT Festival is provided through a matching grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and by Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather; and by Michael F. and Noémi K. Neidorff and The Centene Charitable Foundation. 

SHIFT is supported in part by Betsy and Robert Feinberg and Galena-Yorktown Foundation.

This performance is made possible in part through the generous support of Susan S. Angell.

SHIFT is also made possible by Mr. and Mrs. John V. Thomas and Mr. and Mrs. Harry M. Linowes.

SHIFT is presented in cooperation with the League of American Orchestras.