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Knoxville Symphony

 Overture to Knoxville


Knoxville: Summer of 1915


American Symphonic Suite (based on W.C. Handy’s St. Louis Blues)


Symphonic Dances, Op. 45


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.

Every good journey begins and ends at home, and this program represents an homage to the classical music legacy of Knoxville—not necessarily the music that comes to mind when thinking of music from Tennessee. The program, Knoxville: Artists at Home, is about history—how we perceive it in the present, and how we will perceive it in the years to come.

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).

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, and Tom Gallagher.

This performance is made possible by Jeanne Weaver Ruesch, and The Honorable Mary V. Mochary and Dr. Philip E. Wine.

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.