Britt Orchestra’s 2017 Season


When: July 28 – August 13, 2017
Where: Britt Pavilion, 350 First St., Jacksonville
Tickets: $49 for reserved seating, $25 for lawn seating (Lower Price this year!) and $10 for children
Pops Night special pricing: $15 for reserved seating, $5 for lawn seating and $5 for children
Members Pre-sale: Online only at February 13, through May 7 to purchase Reserved seating by order form
General Public Sales: Lawn Seating online only at on or after Monday, February 13. Reserved seating available on May 12 at 9:00 a.m.

The 2017 Britt Orchestra season begins early with opening night set for July 28.  The concert will feature a world premiere commission by Kenji Bunch. The season continues with three weeks of concerts on the Britt hill in Jacksonville, Oregon, with highlights including guest violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley performing Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D Major, the critically acclaimed cellist Joshua Roman performing Mason Bates’ Cello Concerto, an evening of song with Richard Cox and Tamara Mumford performing Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, and world-renowned pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane will be soloist for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major.

Each of the seven orchestra nights follows a theme programmed by Music Director Teddy Abrams. Opening night offers a West Coast Composers Celebration, including works from several living composers including Mason Bates and Andrew Norman. Saturday, July 29 is a Voyage of Discovery with music of Brahms and Sibelius. Symphonic Exploration is the theme for Friday, August 4, with a broad showcase of music from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods. Saturday, August 5, the theme has an Eastern Inspiration, featuring Shanghai Overture by Bright Sheng and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), along with Stravinsky’s Le chant du rossignol (The Song of the Nightingale).

Sunday, August 6 is Pops Night: The Magic of the Movies. Ticket prices for this evening are reduced for all seating. This will be an evening of exciting movie music written by John Williams, and will be great fun for the whole family. Wrapping up with the third Britt Orchestra Season weekend, Expeditions of Reflection is the theme for Friday, August 12, featuring Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 in B Minor and Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind by Teddy Abrams’ mentor Michael Tilson Thomas. Closing night, Saturday, August 13 will present the Britt Orchestra Showcase, with pieces by Gershwin and Prokofiev and a composition written by Music Director Teddy Abrams: Unified Field.

The 2017 season also includes a series of free BrittKids Koncerts in Britt’s Performance Garden. Several engaging and interactive mid-morning concerts will be offered. The concerts will be created by Gabriel Globus-Hoenich and Jenifer of JenUwin Playtime, who return after leading popular Britt children’s concerts in 2015 and 2016. More information on this series will be announced later this spring.

The Britt Orchestra first performed in 1963. More than fifty years later, the 2017 Britt Orchestra is a high-caliber ensemble that draws 90 musicians from top orchestras across the country.

Concert Schedule for the 2017 Britt Orchestra:

Friday, July 28

  • Opening Night Gala Dinner – 5 p.m. / Concert 8 p.m.Teddy Slider
  • West Coast Composer Celebration:  
    • John Adams: The Chairman Dances: Foxtrot for Orchestra
    • Andrew Norman: Unstuck
    • Mason Bates: Cello Concerto
    • Joshua Roman, cello
    • Darius Milhaud: La creation du monde (The Creation of the World)
    • Henry Cowell: Ballad
    • Kenji Bunch: World premiere commission – TBD
    • John Williams: Adventures on Earth from E.T.

Saturday, July 29 – 8 p.m.

  • Voyage of Discovery
    • Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major
    • Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin
    • Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major

Friday, August 4 – 8 p.m.

  • Symphonic Exploration
    • Franz Schubert: Allegro moderato from Symphony No. 8 in B minor
    • Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major
    • Jeffrey Kahane, piano
    • Claudio Monteverdi:  Toccata from L’Orfeo
    • Salamone Rossi (orch. By Mark Knippel): Sinfonia Grave à 5
    • Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
    • William Byrd (orch. By Mark Knippel): In Nomine à 5
    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 35 in D Major (Haffner)

Saturday, August 5 – 8 p.m.

  • Eastern Inspiration
    • Bright Sheng: Shanghai Overture
    • Igor Stravinsky: Le chant du rossignol (The Song of the Nightingale)
    • Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth)
    • Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano
    • Richard Cox, tenor

Sunday, August 6 – 7:30 p.m.

  • Magic of the Movies (Pops goes John Williams)
    • A program of movie music featuring John Williams’ best film scores (specific program TBD)

Saturday, August 12 – 8 p.m.

  • Expeditions of Reflection
    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor (Pathétique)
    • Michael Tilson Thomas: Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind
    • Measha Brueggergosman, soprano

Sunday, August 13 – 8 p.m.

  • Britt Orchestra Spectacular

    • Bright Sheng: Shanghai Overture
    • Igor Stravinsky: Le chant du rossignol (The Song of the Nightingale)
    • Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth)

New This Year! Print Your Tickets at Home or Use Your Phone!
You are now able to print your tickets at home or bring them on your smart phone when purchased through Britt’s new online ticket system. No more visits to the Britt offices, waiting for the mail or waiting in line at Will Call. Print your tickets at home or and show them at the gate – just one more way that we’re making your Britt Experience even better!

Before each orchestra concert (except Symphony Pops), pre-concert conversations will take place at 7 p.m. in the Britt Performance Garden. Hosts from Jefferson Public Radio lead informal Q&As with guest artists, providing insight into the evening’s programs. Also before each concert, local musicians will provide pre-concert music on the new Performance Garden stage, beginning at 6 p.m.

About Teddy Abrams:  An unusually versatile musician, Teddy Abrams is a widely acclaimed conductor, as well as an established pianist, clarinetist and composer. In addition to his work at Britt, he is the Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra. He is an active guest conductor, and performs with the Sixth Floor Trio, which he co-founded.

To purchase tickets, or for full information about Britt’s 2016 season, including program and artist information, schedules and ticket prices, visit or call 541-773-6077 or 1-800-882-7488. Britt’s box office is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday at 216 West Main St. in Medford, and at 3 p.m. on concert days at the box office in Jacksonville.


Britt Festival - Valley ViewInspired by its intimate and scenic hillside venue, Britt Music & Arts Festival provides diverse live performances, an incomparable classical festival and dynamic education programs that create a sense of discovery and community. Since its grassroots beginnings in 1963, the non-profit organization has grown from a two-week chamber music festival to a summer-long series of concerts in a variety of genres, including a three-week Britt Orchestra season, and year-round education and engagement programs. For more information, visit

The Britt name comes from Peter Britt – the pioneer whose former estate is now the performance venue in Jacksonville, Oregon.

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