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SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras brings three out-of-town orchestras to play in D.C. along with the National Symphony Orchestra, both in and outside the marble confines of the ever-expanding Kennedy Center, which co-hosts the festival with Washington Performing Arts. Along with the orchestras of Albany and Indianapolis, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra kicks off the festival with a pair of Latin and South American-themed concerts, reflecting the Peruvian heritage of FWSO’s music director Miguel Harth-Bedoya (pictured). The show will feature Harth-Bedoya leading a smaller chamber ensemble dedicated to South American music, called Caminos del Inka, performing the works of South American composers, including Osvaldo Golijov and Jimmy López. And this time, it takes place in a more intimate space: the National Museum of the American Indian’s Potomac Atrium. The theme continues the next day at the Kennedy Center with a full orchestra treatment of López’s work Bel Canto, inspired by Ann Patchett’s novel of the same name—a sweeping (and, for this critic, ridiculous) romance set during the real-life Peruvian Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement hostage crisis of 1996. Read more>>> The show begins at 2 p.m. at the National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. (202) 785-9727. kennedy-center.org. (Mike Paarlberg)
OH AND ALSO
Psychedelic five-piece Austin rock band The Black Angels performs at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $30.
Rorschach Theatre presents 410[Gone], a play about the afterlife centering on a Chinese-American boy who defies a cultural system, at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. 8 p.m. at 1333 H St. NE. $20–$30.
Author and religion writer Diana Butler Bass stops by Politics and Prose at The Wharf to discuss her latest book, Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks, a meditation on how thankfulness can effect both our spiritual and secular lives. 7 p.m. at 70 District Square SW. Free.
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