Britt Crater Lake Project

Friday & Saturday, July 29 & 30, 2016

LOCATION: Crater Lake National Park
SCHEDULE: July 29-30. See schedule below
TICKETS: FREE to all park-goers


Britt celebrates the unique majesty of Crater Lake and the centennial of the National Park Service. Music Director Teddy Abrams will lead members of the Britt Orchestra in six concerts at the Park, with the dramatic panorama of the lake as the setting. The musicians will perform the world premiere of Natural History, by New York-based composer Michael Gordon, commissioned by Britt and inspired by Crater Lake. Gordon has visited Crater Lake throughout the past year, to draw on the park for inspiration for his composition. For photos, or more information about composer Michael Gordon, please visit our Classical Festival tab.

The performance will include approximately 40 members of the Britt Orchestra, 15 members of Steiger Butte Drum, 30 brass and percussion students from Southern Oregon University, and a regional choir made up of 50 voices.

Concert schedule:

Britt Orchestra - World Premiere Performance of Natural History:
Friday, July 29, 10 a.m. Watchman Overlook. (See downloadable map)
This performance is by invitation only, with vehicular transportation coordinated by Britt. In addition, walkers or cyclists are welcome to attend.

Britt Orchestra Performances of Natural History at Picnic Hill, near the Rim Village: (See downloadable map)
Friday, July 29, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 30, 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m.

There will be limited seating at each concert, and limited accessible accommodations. If you want to be assured of a seat, we recommend that you bring a chair. Most patrons will be standing. There is no charge to attend the performances, beyond the park entrance fee. PLEASE NOTE: locations and schedules are subject to change, according to weather and park conditions. 

In addition to the six orchestral performances of Michael Gordon’s Natural History, there will be performances by ensembles scattered around the park. Performers will be located each of the following locations and times. Musicians will be announced as they are confirmed.

Ensembles at Watchman Overlook (See this downloadable map):
July 29:
3:00-3:45 p.m.: Small ensembles featuring Britt Orchestra personnel
3:45-4:30 p.m.: Michal Palzwicz – The Solo Cello Journey

July 30:
12-1 p.m., and 3-4 p.m.: Small ensembles featuring Britt Orchestra personnel

Ensembles at Phantom Ship Overlook (See this downloadable map):
July 29:
3:00-3:45 p.m.: Jef Fretwell
3:45-4:30 p.m.: Matt Gwinup

July 30:
12:00-12:45 p.m.: Jef Fretwell
12:45-1:30 p.m.: The Daniel Chavez Swingtet
3:00-3:45 p.m.: Matt Gwinup
3:45-4:30 p.m.: Sage Meadows

Ensembles at Skell Head (See this downloadable map):
July 29:
3:00-3:45 p.m.: Sage Meadows
3:45-4:30 p.m.: Grant Ruiz and Dan Fellman

July 30:
12-12:45 p.m.: Ha'ena
12:45-1:30 p.m.: Impulse Control
3:00-3:45 p.m.: The Alphorn Quartet
3:45-4:30 p.m.: Wild Honey

Above schedule of small ensembles is subject to change.


A limited number of seats are available for free bus transport into the park for these performances. This transport will include no fee for the bus transport. Attendees will meet at one of the locations noted below, at one hour before performance time. PLEASE NOTE: Attendees using this free bus transport will be returned to the snow park immediately after the performance ends.

Bus transport seating is limited, and reservations are required. Limited to four people per party. To reserve a space, please contact UPDATE 7/26: ALL BUSES ARE FULL

Bus transportation meeting spots (available by reservation only):
1. Thousand Springs Sno Park (coming from Jackson County)  UPDATE 7/26: ALL BUSES ARE FULL
July 29: departing from snow park at 1 pm and 4 pm 
July 30: departing from snow park at 10 am, 1 pm, and 4 pm

2. Annie Creek Sno Park (coming from Klamath County)  UPDATE 7/26: ALL BUSES ARE FULL
July 29: departing from snow park at 1 pm
July 30: departing from snow park at 1 pm

If you are traveling to the event via large passenger van or by bus, please contact to make arrangements. 

Parking will be at a minimum at Crater Lake National Park. Please carpool, and allow plenty of time to get to your destination.


Crater Lake Vacation Packages

The Neuman Hotel Group generously stepped forward as Britt’s first major sponsor for this project. Additional support has come from:

Bill Bagley
Steve Boyarsky
Britt Society
James M. Collier
Crater Lake National Park Trust
Jack & Nancy Day
Frank DeLuca & Ken Gregg
Jim & Debbie Earley
The Ford Family Foundation
Leigh & Nancy Johnson
Ogden Kellogg
The Joe & Frances Naumes Family Foundation
The Imagine Your Parks Initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts
The Fred W. Fields Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, through the Creative Heights Initiative
Pacific Power
John Snider
Bob & Linda Turner
Wendt Family Foundation
Elizabeth Zinser


For more information about the Crater Lake Project:

For more information about composer Michael Gordon: