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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

This performance, along with the rest of the SHIFT Festival, has been canceled. Ticket-holders will be contacted directly regarding exchange credit or refunds. 

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.

Additional public SHIFT events featuring the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

MON, MAR 23, 10am • Busboys & Poets (14th & V Streets)
Free and open to the public

WED, MAR 25, 6pm • Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Free and open to the public

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, by Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather, and by The Centene Charitable Foundation. 

SHIFT is supported in part by Betsy and Robert Feinberg, the National Endowment for the Arts, Galena-Yorktown Foundation, Tom Gallagher, and the Irene Pollin Audience Development and Community Engagement Initiatives.

This performance is made possible in part by Susan S. Angell.

His Excellency Santiago Cabanas, Ambassador of Spain, is the honorary patron of this engagement.

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.