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    Boulder Philharmonic and Frequent Flyers

    Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra at SHIFT Festival

    Usually our website is all about what you can see and do in Boulder, but in this case, we're sharing some exciting news about a Boulder-grown production taking place in Washington, D.C. The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra has been been selected as one of just four orchestras in the country to participate in the inaugural SHIFT Festival in Washington, D.C. in 2017. 

    About the Festival

    The festival, which officially goes by "SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras," takes place March 27-April 2, 2017, at the Kennedy Center. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Washington Performing Arts are collaborating to present the festival, which highlights North American orchestras of all sizes. The festival’s title recognizes the dynamic, evolving work of orchestras in the 21st century and expresses a commitment to shifting pre-conceived notions about orchestras.

    The Boulder Philharmonic's Program

    For several seasons, the Boulder Phil has embraced a model of programming that they call the Spirit of Boulder, which embraces local collaboration and connect to nature. For the SHIFT Festival, the Boulder Philharmonic will draw on this approach to perform Nature & Music, featuring nature-themed favorites from recent seasons. They will also unveil a world premiere by composer Stephen Lias, inspired by Rocky Mountain National Park and choreographed to nature photography from the park. A mandolin concerto will evoke the Appalachians with hues of bluegrass and Americana. Prairie dogs (beloved critters common throughout Boulder) star in the cinematic Ghosts of the Grasslands, and Copland’s iconic Appalachian Spring is brought to life in unforgettable fashion, with the aerial dancers of Frequent Flyers® Productions suspended above the orchestra.

    Boulder Philharmonic Conductor

    Hikes, Outdoor Music and Cherry Blossoms

    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. The Boulder Phil's residency will involve a nature hike through D.C.’s Rock Creek Park on March 27, led by a naturalist from Boulder’s Open Space & Mountain Parks as recorded musical excerpts play. During the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Boulder Phil musicians and Frequent Flyers stilt walkers will be performing outside at the Tidal Basin. The Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras will also be performing on the Millennium Stage in the Kennedy Center lobby, immediately preceding the featured performance by the Boulder Phil.

    We're so proud of the Boulder Phil and Frequent Flyers that we couldn't help but share this news with you. Be sure to come see the orchestra and the aerial dance troupe when you're here in Boulder.

    Boulder Preview

    See a full preview of the Boulder Philharmonic's Nature & Music performance at the beautiful Macky Auditorium in Boulder on March 25, 2017 at 7:30pm. There is also a pre-show talk at 6:30pm, free for ticket-holders. Info and ticket here.

    Tickets and Information

    Tickets and more information are available on the Kennedy Center's website

    Are You a Member of the Media?

    Ask us about a media reception being held March 28 in Washington D.C. and complimentary admission to the Boulder Philharmonic’s "Nature and Music" program following. Media may also sign up to join a Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks ranger on a nature walk and picnic at the Tidal Basin and Cherry Blossom Festival on March 29.

    Contact Info

    Erin Byrne

    Communications and Marketing Manager
    303-442-2911, Ext. 105 erin.byrne@bouldercvb.com