Britt Festival Orchestra Launches 2019 Season


The Britt Festival Orchestra (BFO) brings a unique group of musicians together each summer to the inspiring outdoor venue in Jacksonville, Oregon.  The orchestra performs under the leadership of Music Director Teddy Abrams, a rising star in the symphonic world.

This summer festival spans 20 days in late July and early August and includes

  • 6 performances with the full BFO
  • Additional events such as chamber music concerts
  • Curated performances for children .

Established in 1963, the BFO is an all-star ensemble with musicians from many of the major orchestras in the country. And the setting is extra special in that it is a natural outdoor amphitheater under the great Oregon sky. You can experience a remarkably diverse selection of music under the stars.  Musical styles range from early Renaissance to living American composers.

Additional festivities include free BrittKids Koncerts, open rehearsals, pre-concert conversations with guest artists and orchestra members, and special projects and collaborations with a variety of community groups, such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Whether you’re a seasoned classical music enthusiast or a newcomer to the orchestra, the Britt Festival Orchestra has something for you!

A new feature of this season is the new series for families and people of all musical interests entitled Teddy’s Discovery Tuesdays (TDT). These events offer a more casual concert environment designed for the entire family.

Teddy’s Discovery Tuesdays:

  • Family Night on July 23 – Family Night kicks off the season with two musical fairy tales narrated by film and TV actor Bruce Campbell: Sergei Prokofiev’s beloved “Peter and the Wolf”, and Britt Composer/Conductor Fellow Caroline Shaw’s “The Mountain That Loved a Bird.”
  • Community Night on July 26 – Community Night brings musicians of the BFO and local community together for a performance of the seminal minimalist piece “In C” by Terry Riley.
  • Pops Night on August 6 – Features returning singer Morgan James for a night of songs by American composer George Gershwin.  Teddy Abrams will also perform the ever-popular “Rhapsody in Blue” at the piano while conducting the orchestra.
  • All of the TDT concerts begin at 7:30 pm and are shorter programs. Patrons will be able to enjoy concessions and beverages throughout each concert. Additionally, Britt is trying something new for seating during the TDT concerts: general admission seating, including the benches that are typically reserved. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children/students. BrittKids Klub members can get in free with a paying adult.

BFO Regular Schedule:

Friday, July 26 – Guest artists Third Coast Percussion performing the west coast premiere of a Britt co-commissioned piece by 2018’s Conductor/Composer Fellow, Christopher Cerrone, titled “Meander, Spiral, Explode.” The concert also includes Mozart’s Magic Flute Overture and Brahms’s Symphony No. 3.

Sunday, July 28Cellist Oliver Herbert performs Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto.

Friday, August 2 – Pianist George Li joins the BFO performing Rachmaninoff’s virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 2. This concert also features Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’s epic Second Symphony.

Sunday, August 4 – “The Rising Seas,” features two different musical takes on the earth’s oceans: Claude Debussy’s tone poem “La Mer,” and John Luther Adams’s “Become Ocean.”

Friday, August 9 – The stunning playing of violinist Augustin Hadelich is featured on Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. This performance also features Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun,” British/American composer Anna Clyne’s “Abstractions,” and “One Spring Morning” by French composer Lili Boulanger.

Sunday, August 11 – The Closing Night Orchestra Spectacular is of special interest this season, as the BFO performs a new score for Sergei Eisenstein’s Soviet silent film classic “Battleship Potemkin.” The film will be shown live on screen during the performance. This new score draws from some of the greatest compositions in classical music history.  You will notice excerpts of works by Bach, Beethoven, Mahler, Holst, Ravel, Schubert, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, and many more.

All of the regular BFO concerts are held on Friday and Sunday evenings, beginning at 8:00 pm.

Be sure to check out the new trolley stops.  We have identified 4 set pick-up spots where you can meet the trolley for a ride up the hill.  This is for your convenience and safety.

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