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Britt Announces 2020 Classical Festival

Britt Musical Director Teddy Abrams and Jim James of My Morning Jacket

Britt Music & Arts Festival and Britt Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams announced the 2020 Britt Orchestra Season this week, which will run from July 28th through August 16th at the Britt Pavillion in Jacksonville, Oregon.The 2020 program celebrates the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven in the way Britt projects he himself would celebrate: with cutting-edge compositions from living composers who personify his spirit and ethos. At the heart of the season is a performance of Beethoven's colossal Symphony No. 9.

Music spanning 270 years can be found throughout the season, which sees the return of Teddy's Discovery Tuesdays - a variety of Tuesday evening performances including a family concert with actor Bruce Campbell narrating Nathaniel Stookey's The Composer is Dead, with text by Lemony Snicket.

More information can be found at brittfest.org

The concert schedule for the 2020 Britt Orchestra season is:

Tuesday, July 28 / Wednesday, July 29
Teddy’s Discovery Tuesdays: Hiking the Woodlands with the BFO”
Caroline Shaw: commissioned work (untitled) 

Friday, July 31 - “A Night of Beethoven”
Dmitri Shostakovich: Festive Overture
Ellen Reid: When the World as You’ve Known It Doesn't Exist
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor (Rogue Valley Symphony Chorus; Sylvia D’Eramo, soprano; J’Nai Bridges, alto; Nathan Farrington, tenor; Damien Geter, baritone)

Sunday, August 2 - “Conrad Tao and J’nai Bridges”
Conrad Tao: Everything Must Go
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor (Conrad Tao, piano)
Maurice Ravel: Shéhérazade for Voice and Orchestra (J’Nai Bridges, voice)
Steve Reich: Tehillim

Friday, August 7 - “Tessa Lark”
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Violin Concerto in D Major (Tessa Lark, violin)
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor

Sunday, August 9 - “Timo Andres”
Timo Andres: Everything Happens So Much
Béla Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3 (Timo Andres, piano)
Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra
Tuesday, August 11 - “Teddy’s Discovery Tuesdays: Family Show”
Bruce Campbell, narrator
Beethoven Is Alive:  A kid’s introduction to Beethoven’s music and life
Nathaniel Stookey: The Composer is Dead (text by Lemony Snicket)

Friday, August 14 - “Jim James and Teddy Abrams”
Jean Sibelius: Tapiola
Jim James & Teddy Abrams: The Order of Nature

Sunday, August 16 - “BFO Spectacular!”
George Frideric Handel: Royal Fireworks Music
Mason Bates: Art of War
Michael Tilson Thomas: From the Diary of Anne Frank


As FM Network Program Director and Music Director, Eric oversees many aspects of JPR's broadcast day. He still hosts the occasional Open Air or classical music shift, and is the driving force behind JPR Live Sessions - our popular series of live in-studio music performances and conversations.