A festival of American orchestras, celebrating the variety and richness of American music, is a great idea on paper. But in a field that's stereotypically thought of as European, in which the American component always seems to be vying, like a younger sibling, for equal time and attention, it's an open question whether audiences are as interested as I am. With its Shift Festival this spring, the Kennedy Center and Washington Performing Arts are planning to find out.
The idea isn't new. Wh
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