- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - A three-year orchestra festival is in the works for Washington, inspired by a similar festival at Carnegie Hall over the past four years.

The Kennedy Center is organizing “Shift: A Festival of American Orchestras” with Washington Performing Arts to begin in 2017. Organizers are announcing Tuesday they have received $900,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as seed funding for the approximately $2 million initiative.

The festival will present four or five orchestras each year over six days. It will include full orchestral performances, ensembles, workshops and potentially pop-up events throughout the area. Organizers want to showcase how orchestras engage with their communities.

Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter says they want to break down notions that orchestras are only for elite audiences and show that music can speak to everyone.

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