Photo by Justin Briggs

August 10, 2018
Contact: Mike Gantenbein, Marketing Director, 541-690-3849,

Britt Orchestra cancels final weekend performances

MEDFORD, OR —  Due to challenges associated with the poor air quality in our region, the Britt Music and Arts Festival’s artistic leadership, staff and Board have decided to cancel the remaining Britt Orchestra performances (Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11).  

The decision to move the rehearsals and concerts from North Medford High School back to the Britt Pavilion was necessary because the stage is too small for the third weekend’s repertoire. The music we had planned to perform required extra musicians and instruments that would not fit on the North Medford High stage.

Due to smoke-related rehearsal cancellations after the move, the Britt Orchestra has not had adequate preparation time to perform the challenging pieces scheduled for this weekend. Even if conditions improve, without enough rehearsal time, the orchestra is not able to perform at the high-quality standards we strive for each year.

Despite this cancellation, the Britt Orchestra has had a successful season performing great music around the region during the past three weeks.

Donations and Refunds

Regardless of the reasons for cancelling two concerts, Britt will be required to pay all orchestra, guest artist fees and other incurred expenses.

Before you call to request a refund, please take a moment to consider turning your ticket purchase into a donation. As a non-profit organization, it will be challenging to absorb the cost of these cancellations. Every ticket donation will help us continue to put on great orchestra concerts in years to come.  And it’s tax deductible.

If you do desire a refund, we will honor your request.  Please be patient as we respond.

To convert your ticket to a donation or to request a refund, you can contact the Britt Box Office at We will respond as soon as possible. This could take up to a week.

Due to our business requirements, we ask that you place your requests on or before September 14th, 2018. If we do not receive your request on or before September 14th, your tickets will be automatically converted to a donation.

Coming Next Season

We have good news as well. The 2019 Britt Festival Orchestra Season is already shaping up to be extraordinary.  As of now, Britt has three outstanding soloists confirmed for 2019. We will continue the 56-year tradition again next season.


Inspired by its intimate and scenic hillside venue, Britt Music & Arts Festival provides diverse live performances, an incomparable classical festival and dynamic education programs that create a sense of discovery and community. Since its grassroots beginnings in 1963, the non-profit organization has grown from a two-week chamber music festival to a summer-long series of concerts in a variety of genres, including a three-week orchestra season, and year-round education and engagement programs. For more information, visit