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SHIFT: Bucket Band...for Adults!

Performance Information

This event, along with the rest of the SHIFT Festival, has been canceled.

OrchKids is a year-round music program designed to foster social change and nurture promising futures for youth in Baltimore City’s least-resourced schools. One of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's programs, “Bucket Band,” works with groups of students with no previous musical experience, outlining methods that develop strong inner pulse, understanding of rhythm and note values, ear training theory, and the importance of listening in a fun, interactive way. Students use instruments including egg shakers and tambourines, plus everyday items like buckets—literally!

Following a school event earlier in the day, Bucket Band artists lead a workshop similar to their student version—but for adults! On the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, amateur musicians are invited to play side-by-side with Baltimore Symphony musicians in a fun, informal orchestral setting.

Free and open to the public

Additional 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, 8pm • Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Marin Alsop, conductor
Cristina Pato, bagpipes • Kayhan Kalhor, kamancheh
David Krakauer, clarinet • Michael Ward-Bergeman, hyper-accordion
Washington Performing Arts Men & Women of the Gospel Choir
All tickets $25

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, Tom Gallagher, and the Irene Pollin Audience Development and Community Engagement Initiatives.

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.