Following the public health and state of emergency announcements in Washington, D.C., the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Washington Performing Arts, co-hosts of the event, have announced that SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras has been canceled due to precautionary measures surrounding Coronavirus/COVID-19.

“We are incredibly disappointed by this news,” says Symphony President & CEO Steven Libman, “but the health of our patrons, staff, and musicians is a top priority - we know this is the best decision at this time.”

It has not been announced whether the SHIFT Festival will be rescheduled. Stay tuned for further updates from the Jacksonville Symphony.


The Symphony is Going to Washington DC!
SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras celebrates the vitality, identity, and extraordinary artistry of orchestras and chamber orchestras by creating an immersive festival experience in the nation's capital. The week-long festival is composed of mini-residencies, with each participating 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. The Jacksonville Symphony is one of only four orchestras selected to perform at the 2020 SHIFT Festival.
Tour with the Jacksonville Symphony
MARCH 23-25, 2020
Join the Jacksonville Symphony on a tour to Washington, D.C. as we showcase our city's vibrant arts and culture scene on one of the country's most prestigious stages.
3 Days, 2 Nights in the Nation's Capital
  • Round trip charter flight with the orchestra to Washington, D.C., departing on Monday morning and returning Wednesday afternoon
  • Welcome Reception at The Florida House on Capitol Hill
  • Insight with Courtney Lewis at the Kennedy Center's new venue, the REACH
  • VIP tours of the Kennedy Center and The Smithsonian's museums on the mall
  • Private cocktail hour and dinner at the superb Terrace Gallery Kennedy Center overlooking Washington, D.C.
  • Tickets in the Jacksonville Symphony block for the performance at the Kennedy Center
  • Post-concert VIP party with Jacksonville Symphony musicians on the rooftop of the Kennedy Center
  • Wednesday morning on Capitol Hill with tours of the U.S. Capitol, Library of Congress, and advocating for arts and culture in senator's offices
  • Two-night accommodations at The Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, D.C. (⋆⋆⋆⋆) in the heart of Georgetown
$2,225 per person based on double occupancy
$2,650 per person based on single occupancy
Don't miss the chance to hear the concert in Jacoby Symphony Hall before the Symphony hits the road!
The program includes two pieces written specifically for the Symphony and Jacksonville: Duke Ellington’s Celebration, written for the City of Jacksonville’s 150th Anniversary, and Courtney Bryan’s Bridges. New York Philharmonic Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill returns for Copland’s Clarinet Concerto.

SHIFT: Kennedy Center Bound

Friday - Saturday, MAR 20/21
Courtney Lewis, conductor
Anthony McGill, clarinet

COPLAND Clarinet Concerto
BRYAN Bridges (Jacksonville Symphony Commission)
ELLINGTON Celebration (Written for the City of Jacksonville's 150th Anniversary)
STRAVINSKY Symphony in C
Three works connected by America’s greatest gift to the musical world: jazz. While Duke Ellington lived in the genre, both Copland and Stravinsky found inspiration and influence in its elements, each in their own style and language.