PERFORMANCES & TICKETS
emergency shelter intake form: a special evening on housing insecurity
Friday, July 27 • 7:30 p.m.
PROGRAM: Measha Brueggergosman, soprano
NOTICE: Due to wildfire smoke, this Britt Orchestra concert has been moved to the North Medford High School auditorium. For more information, see the press announcement here. For arrival and parking directions check out this map of North Medford High
LEONARD BERNSTEIN: Divertimento for Orchestra
GABRIEL KAHANE: emergency shelter intake form (Co-commissioned with the Oregon Symphony)
• Measha Brueggergosman, soprano | Chorus of Inconvenient Statistics: Gabriel Kahane, Kristen Toedtman & Holcombe Waller
POST-CONCERT CONVERSATIONS ABOUT HOUSING INSECURITY
TICKETS: General Admission $20 | Child/Student $10
DOORS OPEN: @ 6:30 General Public
PRE-CONCERT TALK: Cancelled
Program: Opening Night - Measha Brueggergosman, soprano
LEONARD BERNSTEIN - Divertimento for Orchestra
GABRIEL KAHANE - emergency shelter intake form (Co-commissioned with the Oregon Symphony)
• Measha Brueggergosman, soprano
POST-CONCERT CONVERSATIONS - after performance of the commissioned work, the Britt Hill will become a venue to hold an open forum discussion about Kahane’s new work and housing insecurity in the southern Oregon community. Britt is working closely with Rogue Retreat and the Maslow Project to facilitate the discussion.
In addition, paintings that reflect on the issue of homelessness created by artist Aaron Burgess will be on display for patrons to view and reflect upon.
Leonard Bernstein (1918 - 1990)
Divertimento for Orchestra
Sennets and Tuckets Waltz
In Memoriam; March: “The BSO Forever”
Instrumentation: piccolo, three flutes (one doubles piccolo), two oboes, English horn, three clarinets, bass clarinet, two bassoons, contrabassoon, four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba (doubles euphonium), timpani, percussion, harp, piano, and strings.
Leonard Bernstein composed Divertimento for the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s centenary, dedicating the piece, “With affection to the Boston Symphony Orchestra in celebration of its First Centenary.” Having served as assistant to BSO conductor Serge Koussevitzky at the Berkshire Music Center, Bernstein wrote Divertimento with gratitude towards the symphony and his history with Boston - graduate of Harvard University, graduate of The Boston Latin School, and born in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The piece is a series based on two notes, B for Boston and C for Centennial.
Gabriel Kahane (1981)
emergency shelter intake form
Instrumentation: two flutes (one doubles piccolo), two oboes (both double English horn), two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, three percussionists, harp, piano, celesta, chromatic button accordion, strings, community chorus, three ‘vernacular’ singers (the Chorus of Inconvenient Statistics), and soprano soloist.
The day after the 2016 presidential election, singer- songwriter Gabriel Kahane boarded a train at Penn Station and traveled 8,980 miles around the continental U.S., talking to dozens of strangers in an attempt to better understand his country and fellow citizens. The resulting album and stage piece, 8980: Book of Travelers (Nonesuch Records), is at once a prayer for empathy and reconciliation, as well as an unflinching examination of the complex and often troubled history of the United States.
Over the last decade, Gabriel has quietly established himself as a songwriter all his own, grafting a deep interest in storytelling to a keen sense of harmony and rhythm. His major label debut, The Ambassador, a study of Los Angeles seen through the lens of ten street addresses, was hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the year’s very best albums”.
Aaron Hansen Burgess
Biographical Sketch & Homeless Series Overview
Aaron Hansen Burgess is an artist/painter from the Pacific Northwest. He lives in Walla Walla, Washington. Aaron received drawing lessons at an early age from his father and quit school at the age of 15 to continue with his art studies. He eventually carved out a career, of sorts, as a professional painter.
Homeless Series: I have never been homeless. But I’ve lived in big cities with little money. I’ve seen a lot of sadness on the streets, under bridges, on freeway ramps, in doorways: the mentally ill, veterans of our immoral wars who seek drugs/alcohol to treat their demons, runaway, abused kids who never had a chance. People who just had a run of bad luck. Battered women. And I’ve seen the bankers driving past in their $100,000 cars with their beautiful wives and their hideous arrogance to their fancy restaurants.
I wanted to convey in my Homeless Series of paintings and drawings a feeling of utter outrage. Fury at the injustice of poverty and homelessness here in the richest and most powerful country in the world. Americans are always speaking of the United States as a Christian nation. But it is not. On numerous fronts. Just look at our rich, gangster current president! How can there be such disparity of wealth and such callous disregard for the poor when it is so completely unnecessary? It’s not complicated. It is simple greed.
Bertrand Russell once said, “Remember your humanity and forget the rest.” Tolstoy once said, “One cannot be a rich man and a good man. For a rich man, if he were good, would not be for long because he would give his money away.” Christ once said, “... it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
“Soup Line”, 36” x 48”, acrylic on canvas, 2012
Guest Artist: Measha Brueggergosman, soprano
Motivated and hungry for new experiences, Ms. Brueggergosman's career effortlessly embraces the broadest array of performance platforms and musical styles and genres. On the opera stage, her recent highlights include Giulietta and Antonia Les contes d’Hoffmann, Elettra Idomeneo, Madame Lidoine Dialogues des Carmélites, Jenny in Weill's Mahagonny, Emilia Marty Věc Makropulos, Hannah in Miroslav Srnka's Make No Noise, and Sister Rose in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking while on the concert platform she has worked with the San Francisco Symphony and New World Symphony Orchestras and conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Michael Tilson Thomas, Franz Welser-Möst, Sir Andrew Davis, Gustavo Dudamel and Daniel Harding.
Measha began her career predominantly committed to the art of the song recital and has presented innovative programs at Carnegie Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center, London’s Wigmore Hall, both the Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna, Madrid's Teatro Real, as well as at the Schwarzenberg, Edinburgh, Verbier and Bergen Festivals with celebrated collaborative pianists Justus Zeyen, Roger Vignoles, Julius Drake, and Simon Lepper.
Her forthcoming highlights include her Australian debut at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and in recital at the Sydney Opera House, a return to the Teatro Real, Madrid and to the Barbican, London with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, as well as performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the RoyalLiverpool Philharmonic, and Vasily Petrenko.
Her first recording for Deutsche Grammophon, Surprise, includes works by Schoenberg, Satie andBolcom and is one of the most highly regarded debut albums of recent years. Her subsequent disc Night and Dreams, which features songs by Mozart, Brahms, Strauss, Schubert, Debussy, Duparc andFauré won several awards and her recording of the Wesendonck Lieder with Franz Welser-Möst andthe Cleveland Orchestra earned her a Grammy nomination.
Off the stage, Measha is just as active: autumn 2017 saw the release of her memoir "SOMETHING IS ALWAYS ON FIRE – My Life So Far" (published by HarperCollins); she appears regularly on primetime TV (most recently advocating on behalf of contemporary Canadian literature); and leading Canadian children across the country in song, in celebration of the nationwide campaign for music education.
Measha Brueggergosman champions the education and involvement of new audiences and holdsseveral honorary doctorates and ambassadorial titles with international charities.
Pre-concert talk: Gabriel Kahane
Begins in the Britt Performance Garden at 6:30 p.m.