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Britt Festival Orchestra announces a new, much earlier, season

Teddy Abrams

It's been years since the Britt Festival Orchestra had a "normal" season of concerts on the hill in Jacksonville. Even before the COVID pandemic curtailed the concert schedule, summer wildfire smoke forced changed venues and cancellations.

So this year BFO is making a big change: holding the concerts much earlier in the year, in June and July instead of August.

Today (February 10) Britt announces the works for the season, conducted by Teddy Abrams.

New festival GM Renia Shterenberg checks in with the list:


June 17: Anniversary Spectacular

Featuring a World Premiere Special Commission.

Sebastian Chang, piano

Timo Andres - Everything Happens So Much

Sebastian Chang - Piano Concerto "The Empress"

West Coast Premiere: Commissioned in 2022 by Britt Music and Arts Festival.

Dedicated to the 60th Anniversary of the Britt Festival Orchestra

Ludwig Van Beethoven - Symphony No. 3

June 19: Juneteenth Celebration

Featuring music by Black composers.

Seth Parker Woods, cello

Valerie Coleman - Umoja

Tyshawn Sorey - For Roscoe Mitchell

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson - Calvary Ostinato from Lamentations

Adolphus Hailstork - from Symphony No. 4, Still Holding On

Julius Eastman - Femenine


June 24: Truths Be Told

Davóne Tines, baritone

Star Spangled Banner, arr. Michael Schachter

Davóne Tines - Concerto No. 1 "Sermon"

Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No. 10

June 26: Orchestral Colors

A program showcasing the textures, colors and depth of the orchestra.

Orchestra only

Michael Tilson Thomas - Shówa/Shoáh

William Grant Still - In Memoriam: The Colored Soldiers Who Died for Democracy

Igor Stravinsky - Symphony in Three Movements


June 28: Family Show - special morning program: 11:00 AM

Family Friendly 1-hour program

Bruce Campbell, narrator

Dave Anderson - "Celebration"

Nathaniel Stookey - The Composer is Dead!

July 1: American Soundscapes

Works using American folk and popular musical heritage for inspiration.

Tessa Lark, violin

Gabriel Kahane - Nocturama

Leonard Bernstein - Serenade after Plato's "Symposium"

Antonín Dvořák - Symphony No. 8

July 3: Rhythms of the Barrio

Featuring a West Coast Premiere Special Commission.

People Of Earth

Tania Leon - Ser

Dafnis Prieto - Tentacion - commission/ West Coast Premiere

Arturo Márquez - Danzón No. 2 (conducted by conducting fellow, Gabriel Kahane)

George Gershwin - Cuban Overture

Maurice Ravel - Bolero

Schedule and programs subject to change.

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