Teddy Abrams, conductor

Britt Festival Orchestra: Ravel, Sibelius, & Reid

This orchestral concert is a program full of adventure! Opening with Sibelius’s most known work, Finlandia, this work is often described as the song that helped to define Finland’s national identity and unite the Scandinavian nation in its struggle for independence from Russia. Commissioned by the Seattle Symphony in 2022, that orchestra’s website invites you to “Take Ellen Reid’s TODAY AND […] piece, which, in the words of the composer, “evokes a sense of the present and also of ‘foreverness’ that feels constraining, yet expansive.

The world premiere of Angélica Negrón’s Fractal Isles occurred in January 2023 under the baton of Maestro Abrams with the Louisville Orchestra and will have its West-coast premiere on the Britt hill in June. There is no better depiction of the tendency in the early 1900’s for French composers to be fascinated by Spain than Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnol – at once fluid and harmonically rich, listeners will be transported to the elegant and fascinating world abroad. Learn more at www.brittfest.org

Britt Festival Orchestra: Ravel, Sibelius, & Reid
Thursday June 29, 2023; 8:00 PM
Britt Pavilion, 350 First St, Jacksonville, OR 97530

Sibelius: Finlandia 
Ellen Reid: Today and Today and Today and Today
Smetana: The Moldau
Conducted by David Baker, BFO Assistant Conductor
Angélica Negrón: Fractal Isles 
Ravel: Rapsodie espagnol

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