Special Invitation: SHIFT Festival Symposium

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SHIFTThe Library of Congress is pleased to invite “In the Muse” readers to attend a special event co-presented with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Washington Performing Arts, as part of SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras. On Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 10:00 am a host of distinguished arts leaders will gather for the symposium “Leading the Charge: Orchestra Innovation and the SHIFT Festival.” Featured speakers include Thomas Wilkins (Music Director, Omaha Symphony; Principal Conductor, Hollywood Bowl), Jenny Bilfield (President & CEO, Washington Performing Arts), and Jesse Rosen (President and CEO, League of American Orchestras). Symposium attendees will also have the opportunity to view treasures from the Library of Congress’ music collections, including the holograph manuscript of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring and a lock Beethoven’s hair!

The SHIFT festival provides a national platform for orchestras to showcase the breadth of their innovative work, on stage and in the community. It highlights the ways in which orchestras of all sizes are making a “shift”–where they perform, what they sound like, and whom they serve. The Symposium will ask hard questions about the universal challenges facing orchestras as the audience landscape changes, communities call out for more engagement from their non-profits, and the art form seeks its place amid the currents of contemporary American life. The Symposium will explore how successful orchestras question closely-held assumptions, take risks, develop cultures of continuous learning, and view the audience as a central partner.

The Symposium is free and reservations are required. To make a reservation, please call (202) 416-8333 or email [email protected]. Click here for more information.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – 10:00 am [Symposium]
Leading the Charge: Orchestra Innovation and the SHIFT Festival

Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building

Symposium Schedule
10 am — Welcome
Panel Discussion: Why SHIFT is Important
Panelists:
Rhona Wolfe Friedman, Commissioner, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Stanford Thompson, Trumpeter and Executive Director of Play On, Philly!
Thomas Wilkins, Music Director, Omaha Symphony, Principal Conductor, Hollywood Bowl
Jenny Bilfield, President and CEO, Washington Performing Arts

11 am — Performance: Play On, Philly! Chamber Ensemble

11:15 am — Break

11:30 am — Presentation and Panel Discussion: Risk and Innovation
Presentation: Karen Dillon, Bestselling author and former editor, Harvard Business Review

Panelists:
Sandi Macdonald, President, The North Carolina Symphony
Kevin Shuck, Executive Director, The Boulder Philharmonic
Sarah Kirkland-Snider, Composer
Karen Dillon, Author
Moderator: Jesse Rosen, President and CEO, League of American Orchestras

Please request ADA accommodations by contacting (202) 707-6362 or [email protected].

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