Washington Performing Arts and the Kennedy Center are trying to recreate the success of Carnegie Hall’s Spring for Music Festival a few years ago. All this week, they will present SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras, featuring four regional American orchestras known for their innovative programming. The Boulder Philharmonic, the North Carolina Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Knights will perform four traditional concerts at the Kennedy Center.
In addition, the musicians will perform at mostly free events at museums around the city, as well as unexpected venues like Rock Creek Park, the Tidal Basin, the Hamilton, and the Wonder Bread Factory on S Street NW.
To pick one event, the program offered by the North Carolina Symphony includes music by Robert Ward, Mason Bates, Caroline Shaw, and Sarah Kirkland Snider. With tickets at just $25, it will not break the bank to have a listen at 8 p.m. Wednesday. kennedy-center.org; 202-467-4600.