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The Britt Festival Orchestra Returns! (to the airwaves, at least)

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JPR plans a week of featured works that highlight past performances.

Every summer for decades, many of us have looked forward to the return of the Britt classical season in August. However, because of COVID-19, concerts in many venues have been cancelled - including the entire Britt season for 2020.

We all hope that next year we will be able to gather for concerts of all kinds, but for now, Don Matthews and Valerie Ing will share orchestral performances from the Britt hill recorded last season and earlier.

The BFO performances, led by Teddy Abrams, include soloists like Ray Chen and James Ehnes, and a regional re-telling of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf with actor Bruce Campbell. They will be featured on First Concert and Siskiyou Music Hall during the first week of August.

Featured Works for First Concert (Weekdays at 9am):
Aug 3: Mason Bates - Passage
Aug 4: Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture
Aug 5: Caroline Shaw - The Mountain That Loved the Bird
Aug 6: George Gershwin - An American in Paris
Aug 7: Maurice Ravel - Suite from Daphnis et Chloe

Featured Works for Siskiyou Music Hall (Weekdays at 2pm):
Aug 3: Sergei Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf
Aug 4: John Luther Adams - Absolute Jest
Aug 5: Dmitri Shostakovich - Violin Concerto
Aug 6: Sergei Prokofiev - 5th Symphony
Aug 7: Mason Bates - Anthology of Fantastic Zoology

We'll also squeeze in Mason Bates' Mothership and Barber's Violin Concerto with soloist James Ehnes during the week.

Don Matthews received a B.A. in Music from Eastern Michigan University and a Masters in Vocal Performance from USC. He performed as a member of the San Francisco Opera chorus for three seasons.  He moved to Boston to study and became involved in radio, working at both WBUR and WGBH, where he was a producer for Robert J. Lurtsema.