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Brush: Music in the Woodlands

August 1 @ 10:00 am

Registration required. Reservations for this performance will be available on June 25, 2021.

The Britt Festival Orchestra (BFO) presents the world premiere of an experiential new work by the multi-faceted, Pulitzer Prize-winning musician and composer, Caroline Shaw. Under the leadership of the festival’s Music Director, Teddy Abrams, the BFO will perform this special project on the Jacksonville Woodlands Trail system in six free performances from July 30 through August 2, 2021. Audience members will walk along the trails above the Britt Pavilion through groups of musicians spread along the trail, experiencing Brush: Music in the Woodlands as they go.

“It points toward the idea of experiencing a brief encounter with something new and unexpected (“a brush with…”), and thinking about musical textures and ideas as brushstrokes, and of course the image of the brush in the woodlands,” says Shaw.

Caroline Shaw – Brush: Music in the Woodlands (commissioned work)

Hike the trails above the Britt Pavilion while experiencing a free premiere performance of a unique, newly composed work played along the Jacksonville Woodlands Trail system by the Britt Festival Orchestra (BFO).

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw joined the BFO as the 2019 Composer/Conductor Fellow, allowing her the opportunity to conduct the BFO in a performance of Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute. The BFO also performed her wonderful children’s piece The Mountain That Loved a Bird as part of the 2019 BFO season.

Access will be available for all. Contact the box office by calling 541-773-6077 or email boxoffice@brittfest.org for questions about accommodations.

For patrons who are unable to walk the Woodlands Trails, Britt is offering a performance of Brush: Music in the Woodlands on the Britt Hill on Monday, August 2nd. Patrons may sit in the bench seating or on the ADA pads and enjoy the full performance. To go to the August 2nd performance page, click here.

This project is made possible through support from:

BFO Season Sponsor: James Collier

Woodlands: Cutler Investment Group

Support: Oregon Community Foundation

Registration required. Reservations for this performance will be available on June 25, 2021.

caroline shawCaroline Shaw is a New York-based musician—vocalist, violinist, composer, and producer—who performs in solo and collaborative projects. She was the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2013 for Partita for 8 Voices, written for the Grammy-winning Roomful of Teeth, of which she is a member.

Recent commissions include new works for Renée Fleming with Inon Barnatan, Dawn Upshaw with Sō Percussion and Gil Kalish, Seattle Symphony, Anne Sofie von Otter with Philharmonia Baroque, the LA Philharmonic, Juilliard 415, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s with John Lithgow, the Dover Quartet, TENET, The Crossing, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, the Calidore Quartet, Brooklyn Rider, the Baltimore Symphony, and Roomful of Teeth with A Far Cry. Caroline’s film scores include Erica Fae’s To Keep the Light and Josephine Decker’s Madeline’s Madeline as well as the upcoming short 8th Year of the Emergency by Maureen Towey. She has produced for Kanye West (The Life of Pablo; Ye) and Nas (NASIR), and has contributed to records by The National, and by Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry.

Once she got to sing in three-part harmony with Sara Bareilles and Ben Folds at the Kennedy Center, and that was pretty much the bees’ knees and elbows. Caroline has studied at Rice, Yale, and Princeton, currently teaches at NYU, and is a Creative Associate at the Juilliard School. She has held residencies at Dumbarton Oaks, the Banff Centre, Music on Main, and the Vail Dance Festival. Caroline loves the color yellow, otters, Beethoven opus 74, Mozart opera, Kinhaven, the smell of rosemary, and the sound of a janky mandolin.

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MASK POLICY STATEMENT

Britt Music and Arts Festival strongly encourages, but does not require, mask wearing as a general policy, except in certain areas of the venue.  Patrons will be required to wear a mask when in line at the gates, in concession lines and in the restrooms. Furthermore, we will adhere to any state-mandated COVID precautions and/or performer requirements in place at the time of each show, including but not limited to wearing masks.  Britt will provide masks upon request.

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