Inspired by its intimate and scenic hillside venue, the Britt Festival aims to provide diverse live performances, an incomparable orchestra season, and dynamic education programs that create a sense of discovery and community. The Festival embraces artistic risk-taking through exploration, collaboration and creation that intentionally integrates education and performance. This summer’s concerts include Arlo Guthrie & Janis Ian (July 12), Peter Frampton (August 27), the Britt Orchestra (multiple performances), Boy George and Culture Club (September 11), and many others. The concerts run from June 26 to September 14, all at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville, Oregon. For details and tickets click here.
The vital centerpiece of the Britt Festival is the Britt Orchestra Season. The Orchestra anchors Oregon’s Britt Music & Arts Festival with three weeks of creative and adventurous open-air programming. Under the galvanizing leadership of Music Director Teddy Abrams, the 2018 season draws inspiration from this year’s Bernstein Centennial, juxtaposing music by the 20th-century master with examples of the works he championed, including Mahler’s monumental Sixth Symphony and the suite from Copland’s Appalachian Spring. Among other highlights are a new festival co-commission from Gabriel Kahane, addressing the twin crises of housing insecurity and homelessness, and recent compositions by Mason Bates, Christopher Cerrone, and Edgar Meyer. These hot-off-the-press new works rub shoulders with cornerstones of the orchestral literature by Beethoven, Brahms, Strauss, and Shostakovich and a family-friendly celebration of “Classics in the Movies.” Featuring collaborations with vocal and instrumental soloists Jonathan Biss, Measha Brueggergosman, Sasha Cooke, Anthony Marwood, and Edgar Meyer, the 2018 Britt Orchestra Season runs from July 25 to August 11.