As part of the SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras in Washington, D.C., there will be a symposium at the Library of Congress on March 28 examining orchestras’ changing roles. League President and CEO Jesse Rosen will lead the 11:30 a.m. “Risk and Innovation” panel, which will explore how orchestras are shifting preconceived notions about their work through creative programming that builds artistic engagement into their communities. Panelists will include Sandi Macdonald, president of the North Carolina Symphony; Kevin Shuck, executive director of the Boulder Philharmonic; composer Sarah Kirkland Snider; and Karen Dillon, former editor of the Harvard Business Review. A 10 a.m. session will examine how orchestra stakeholders perceive orchestras as civic assets that play vital roles in their communities. Moderated by Jenny Bilfield, president of Washington Performing Arts, the session will include Rhonda Wolfe Friedman, commissioner of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities; Stanford Thompson, executive director of Play On Philly!; and Thomas Wilkins, music director of the Omaha Symphony and principal conductor of the Hollywood Bowl. Admission to the Symposium is free; email or call (202) 416-8333. SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras is co-sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Washington Performing Arts and presented in cooperation with the League of American Orchestras. Click here for more.  

Posted March 27, 2017