SHIFT Festival


The ISO is hitting the road and we want you to join us! In April 2018, the ISO will travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in the 2018 SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras! The ISO will be one of just four orchestras participating in this event, held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts.

The week-long festival is composed of mini-residencies, with each orchestra presenting education events, symposia, and community events in venues around Washington, D.C., along with full orchestra performances in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.


Second Chance Strings with MYO

Friday, April 13 at 6:00 p.m.
Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center

As part of the ISO’s city-wide residency while in the nation’s capital, the ISO will be highlighting its program “Second Chance Strings." This allows adults with no musical background to experience the thrill of their first performance within an hour of picking up an instrument. Second Chance Strings is led by teachers and members of the ISO’s Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, a program dedicated to transforming the lives of Indianapolis youth and their adult family members through music making.


Indianapolis Symphony ORchestra Performance

Friday, April 13 at 8:00 p.m.
Concert Hall, Kennedy Center

This program will be conducted by ISO Music Director Krzysztof Urbański and features two expansive works by major Polish composers: Witold Lutoslawski’s Cello Concerto, featuring acclaimed cellist Alisa Weilerstein, and Krzysztof Penderecki’s Credo, which will include the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and Indianapolis Children’s Choir.


Teddy Bear Concert

Saturday, April 14 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Busboys and Poets

The Teddy Bear Concert Series is a program that integrates live music, storytelling, and movement for young children through age 8. The Garden Symphony, a story about a ladybug searching through a garden for her own special sound, will be performed at Busboys and Poets in the Brookland community in Washington, D.C.

Time for Three PErformance

Saturday, April 14, 5:00 p.m.
The Line Hotel
See more about The Line Hotel here

This concert will feature the ISO’s Ensemble-in-Residence Time for Three

If you would like to attend the ISO’s concert on Friday, April 13, please contact Allison Gehl at or 317-231-6781 to reserve and purchase your tickets. Admission to the Second Chance Strings, Teddy Bear program, and Time for Three performances are free and open to the public.

If you are interested in attending any of these events with us in Washington, D.C., the ISO has secured blocks of hotel rooms at the Hay-Adams Hotel and Omni-Shoreham Hotel for Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14. Space is very limited and each individual must book their rooms by March 2018 to guarantee the listed rates. Transportation to, from, and around Washington, D.C. is not included. 


If you would like to make a donation to help support the Indianapolis Symphony’s participation in the 2018 SHIFT Festival, you can do so below!

We are looking forward to this wonderful opportunity for our Orchestra, and hope that you are as well. If you have any additional questions about SHIFT 2018, please do not hesitate to contact Allison Gehl at 317-231-6781.  

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