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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.

BrittKids Koncerts are FREE to the public – Scout says ALL KIDS of ALL AGES are invited!   BrittKids Koncerts create a fun and casual setting to help local families introduce their children to music, dance, and art from around the world. These free performances help the next generation of artists learn about the performing arts in a way that is both engaging and enlightening. Early exposure to live performance will increase the interest of children and families in artistic activities, such as learning an instrument, singing, dancing, participating in a school music or theater program.

All performances start at 10:15 a.m.
All performances are in the Britt Performance Garden except Aug 7.

The young and young at heart are invited to join us for nine engaging and interactive mid-morning concerts.

2019 Schedule: 

Jun 20 | Fizz & the Magic Fiddle by The Carr Family
Jun 26 | Dance Like a Cowboy, Hop Like a Bird by Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre
Jul 10 | Scout’s Silent Robot Dance Party by Synths for Kids
Jul 24 | Leandro the Lion by Gabriel Globus-Hoenich with Britt Festival Orchestra Musicians
Jul 29 | Songs of the Animal Kingdom by The Meriwethers
Jul 31 | Leandro the Lion by Gabriel Globus-Hoenich with Britt Festival Orchestra Musicians
Aug 5 | Bearto’s Bunch O’ Strings by Alexandra Preucil and the BFO Fellows Quartet
Aug 7 |  NEW LOCATION – LITHIA PARK BANDSHELL in Ashland – Songs of the Animal Kingdom by The Meriwethers
Aug 15 | Dance Like a Cowboy, Hop Like a Bird by Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre
Aug 25 | Fizz & the Magic Fiddle by The Carr Family

For detailed concert listings, see below or visit the BrittKids Koncerts page.

Note: come prepared for warm weather – bring light clothing, sun screen and lots of water.

Scout invites you to join the FREE BrittKids Klub!  All Klub members will receive special emails from Scout, early invitations to attend BrittKids sponsored events, and the chance to earn fun prizes. BrittKids events help to instill a lifelong appreciation of music for the whole family.

Jul 10 | Wed | Synths For Kids
Scout’s Silent Robot Dance Party
Scout invites you come and dance to some funky robot beats using Synths for Kids wireless headphones! You can also make your own songs on the interactive Wiggle Wagon, a mobile sonic playground for robots of all ages. 

Jul 24 | Wed | Gabriel Globus-Hoenich with BFO Musicians
Leandro the Lion
After leading popular BrittKids Koncerts every season, creator/musician Gabriel Globus-Hoenich remounts his hit Koncert.  Leandro goes on a musical journey and conquers his fear of new places and new people, making friends along the way.

Jul 29 | Mon | The Meriwethers
Songs of the Animal Kingdom
The Meriwethers bring to life some of the marvelous creatures that Lewis & Clark met and traveled with along their journey to the Pacific Ocean (and back again). Some of the most beloved animals are here, plus a few that are not so well known. Learn some new songs and meet some amazing animals! This Koncert is commissioned by Britt Education.

Jul 31 | Wed | Gabriel Globus-Hoenich with BFO Musicians
Leandro the Lion
In this encore performance, Leandro goes on a musical journey and conquers his fear of new places and new people, making friends along the way.

Aug 5 | Mon | BFO Fellows Quartet
Bearto’s Bunch O’ Strings
Join Bearto as he discovers the sounds of orchestral stringed instruments. Everyone will learn about the violin, viola, and cello, and Bearto will write a new song we can all play together.

This show is at the Lithia Park Bandshell in Ashland
Aug 7 | Wed | The Meriwethers
Songs of the Animal Kingdom
In an encore performance, The Meriwethers bring to life some of the marvelous creatures that Lewis & Clark met and traveled with along their journey to the Pacific Ocean (and back again). Some of the most beloved animals are here, plus a few that are not so well known. Learn some new songs and meet some amazing animals! This performance is the BrittKids Koncerts debut at Lithia Park Bandshell!

Aug 15 | Thu | Ballet Folklorico
Dance Like a Cowboy, Hop Like a Bird
An encore performance where the dancers of Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre will share songs of cowboys and horses, animals and boat building, inspired by daily life in Mexico. Learn some Spanish words and folk dance steps. It’s foot stompin’ fun for the whole family!

Aug 20 | Tue | The Carr Family
Fiz and the Magic Fiddle (Kevin Carr, Josie Mendelsohn & Daniel Carr)
In this encore performance, Fiz finds a magic fiddle which saves him from a very difficult situation – then disappears! He searches and searches, and finds what he is looking for in a very surprising location. A story with music of strange and wonderful kinds.

How lucky are we – a town of 2800 people – to have a summer long music festival with a venue that seats 2,200 people?  Britt Festival has announced its full 2019 schedule with performances by Alanis Morrisette, Jackson Brown, Third Eye Blind, Chase Rice, The Piano Guys, Brett Young and Cake among many others.  For the full schedule go to:  http://www.brittfest.org/performances

The Britt Orchestra will be in town July 23 through August 11.  Music Director Teddy Abrams, a rising star in the symphonic world, has a diverse and entertaining line-up of programs and guest performers.  Actor Bruce Campbell will narrating on Family Night – July 23.  For families wanting to introduce children to music and live performance be sure and check out the Kids Koncerts series of events.

Britt Music & Arts Festival, a non-profit organization, presents the Pacific Northwest’s premier outdoor summer performing arts festival. Located in the historic 1850s gold rush town of Jacksonville, Oregon, Britt Fest presents dozens of summer concerts, featuring world-class artists in  orchestral music, jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, world, pop and country music.

Britt’s performance venue is a naturally formed amphitheater set among majestic ponderosa pines and native madrones on the beautiful hillside estate of 19th century photographer Peter Britt. Seating capacity is 2,200 – with a choice of reserved bench seats and both reserved and open lawn seating.  Tens of thousands of music lovers travel from all over the West to enjoy Britt’s world-class performances, spectacular scenery and casual, relaxing atmosphere.

Performance Venue Address
First & Fir Streets, Jacksonville, Oregon
Ticket Office Address –
216 W. Main Street, Medford  OR  97501
Phone:  541-773-6077 or 800-882-7488
Website: www.brittfest.org

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