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Best of Britt benefit is back in 2022, featuring the hit-filled Happy Together Tour

November 19, 2021

Who/What: Best of Britt benefit featuring the Happy Together Tour with The Turtles, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Association, The Vogues, and The Cowsills When: 5:00 PM Tuesday, July 12, 2022 Where: Britt Pavilion, 350 First St., Jacksonville Tickets: $135 includes food, beverages, and one premium…

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Change is coming to the Britt Festival Orchestra

October 27, 2021

The Britt Festival Orchestra (BFO) is excited to announce two new changes as it prepares for the 60th anniversary of the Britt Music & Arts Festival in 2022. Britt announces that a new General Manager of the BFO has been hired. And, the BFO is moving its storied and popular orchestral music season to new…

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Despite pandemic and wildfires, the 2021 Britt Season comes to a successful close

October 13, 2021

Overcoming multiple challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic and several weeks of wildfire smoke in the region, the Britt Music & Arts Festival has completed an outstanding season filled with amazing music and artists.  Britt thanks its patrons, members, business partners, media partners, artists, and fans for a successful season.  This year, the Britt Festival Orchestra…

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Teddy Abrams Named Musical America’s Conductor of the Year 2022

October 12, 2021

Teddy Abrams, Now in Eighth Season as Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra, Named Musical America’s Conductor of the Year 2022 Musical America announced today that Teddy Abrams—the galvanizing conductor now in his eighth season as Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra—has been named Conductor of the Year for 2022. Louisville Mayor Greg Fisher congratulated…

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Britt Announces Retirement of President & CEO Donna Briggs

September 7, 2021

MEDFORD, OR — The Britt Music and Arts Festival’s Board of Directors is announcing the planned retirement of Donna Briggs, President and CEO of Britt Music and Arts Festival, effective December 31, 2021.  Briggs informed the Board leadership of her intentions to retire earlier this year. Former Board Chair, Mike Burrill Jr., stated that “Briggs…

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2021 Fine Arts Poster: Jenay Elder

August 24, 2021

Britt recognizes this year’s Britt Fine Arts Poster artist: Jenay Elder. In a normal year, we would recognize Jenay at an announcement gathering before the season began, but nothing is the same during a pandemic. The posters were printed early (a whole year early!) and the artwork never made it onto the Season Playbill cover…

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Britt to Require Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID Test, With Testing Available at Britt

August 20, 2021

MEDFORD, OR — With the increasing hospitalization rates and rapid spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant in our community, Britt is implementing a Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID Test requirement for entry into its concerts. This protocol is also being encouraged by many of the artists in our lineup. Our current mask policy will…

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More Britt Presents concerts announced for summer 2021, offering more variety

July 14, 2021

Britt Music & Arts Festival invites everyone to “Come Together” for more concerts during the 2021 Britt Presents season, offering more musical variety and a comedy act. This is the final announcement for the 2021 Britt Presents season, bringing the total number of concerts to 17. The announcement introduces a wide range of styles, from…

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The Britt Festival Orchestra announces its 2021 season, presenting three unique musical experiences

June 25, 2021

Who: Teddy Abrams, Ellen Reid, Caroline Shaw, and the Britt Festival Orchestra When: SOUNDWALK: Online Thursday, July 1 through Friday, October 15 A Magical Night at Britt: Your BFO Returns to Read the Classics: In-person Sunday, July 25, 2021Brush: Music in the Woodlands: In-person Friday, July 30 through Monday, August 2  Where: SOUNDWALK: City of Jacksonville, Oregon A Magical…

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Britt Presents comes together for summer 2021, announcing eight amazing concerts ranging from big beards to the “Empress of Soul”

June 14, 2021

Britt Music & Arts Festival is excited to announce its first set of concerts for the 2021 Britt Presents season. In the first of two announcements, Britt invites music lovers to “Come Together” and enjoy a wide variety of musical artists including the classic blues-rock of ZZ Top, Britt fan favorites Pink Martini featuring China…

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The Britt Festival Orchestra’s 2021 Season Features a Unique Musical Experience – Brush: Music in the Woodlands

June 7, 2021

The Britt Festival Orchestra (BFO) will present 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…

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Live Event Sector expresses concern over lack of reopening plans

April 5, 2021

OREGON – On March 31, 2021, representatives from Oregon’s live event sector attended a webinar with Governor Brown’s liaison Leah Horner and Dr. Dean Sidelinger from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) in hopes of providing input and helping to craft recommendations for a safe and equitable reopening of performance venues around the state as more…

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Remembering Hannelore Enfield

December 22, 2020

A message from Music Director Teddy Abrams The Britt Festival Orchestra joins the southern Oregon community in mourning the loss of one of our dearest friends, Hannelore Enfield, who passed away the morning of December 7.  An orchestra is a family, and the strength of that family depends on people believing in the power and…

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Congrats Photo Contest Winners!

October 7, 2020

We’re excited to announce the “Your Britt Experience” Photography Contest winners. The photographs were judged by the Rogue Gallery. The four winners will each receive 4 tickets to Britt concerts and their photography will be displayed at the Rogue Gallery starting October 13th. AND THE WINNERS ARE… Janice Barnes Webb Category: ArchitectureTitle: Chicago Illumination Tony…

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New Smoking Policy

October 1, 2020

Given the reality check of the devastating fires in our region, Britt Music and Arts Festival has chosen to be part of the solution by helping to protect, manage and promote stewardship of our forests and communities.  That commitment begins with making fire prevention a priority. Britt’s leadership has decided to take decisive measures to…

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Please support our neighbors impacted by wildfires

September 16, 2020

The impact and losses from the southern Oregon wildfires have been devastating. Many people in our area have lost their homes, businesses, and all of their belongings. Many others have been displaced and will not be able to return home soon. People are struggling to survive, find shelter, take care of loved ones, and begin…

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Britt’s BFOnline streaming video series premieres in July and August

July 10, 2020

MEDFORD, OR – The Britt Festival Orchestra goes online this July and August as we revisit some of our favorite performances from past summers with Music Director Teddy Abrams. BFOnline will feature five recordings, preceded by a discussion about the recorded work with Teddy, members of the BFO, and select guest artists and composers. Each…

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Britt announces Best of Britt benefit rescheduled to 2021 with ‘60s and ‘70s Happy Together Tour

June 23, 2020

Who/What: Best of Britt benefit featuring the Happy Together Tour with The Turtles, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, The Association, Mark Lindsay, former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Vogues, and The Cowsills When: 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, 2021 Where: Britt Pavilion, 350 First St., Jacksonville Tickets: $135 includes…

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Teddy Abrams on the Jefferson Exchange

June 16, 2020

The Britt Festival Orchestra’s maestro Teddy Abrams was on the Jefferson Exchange on JPR’s News and Information channel June 2nd, 2020, talking about the issues we’re facing this year and our plans for an amazing 2021 BFO season. Check out the recording here: Jefferson Exchange story

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Join the BrittKids Klub!

June 16, 2020

Is your child or grandchild stuck at home and needing something to do? BrittKids Klub to the rescue!  Visit BrittKidsKlub.org and download tons of FREE coloring and activity sheets featuring Scout and the BKK gang.  Click here to Join the BrittKids Klub Follow the BrittKids Klub FB page for more content made exclusively for kids. Join the FREE BritKids…

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BrittVids and other Social Media Opportunities

June 16, 2020

Britt Education continues to curate BrittVids, a video series for your socially distant enjoyment. Sponsored by Southern Oregon Subaru, the series showcases musicians, artists, and storytellers sharing their craft with you in fun and engaging videos for all. Head over to our YouTube channel to see the full playlist, featuring Bruce Campbell narrating an Oregon-style Peter and the…

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Sign the Petition: Help Britt Grow Our Season

June 15, 2020

Please sign our Petition Jacksonville will be without the Britt Music and Arts Festival (Britt) for the first time in 58 years due to COVID-19.  Though Jacksonville businesses and citizens crave a sense of normalcy, it is clear that we will not be able to simply return to “business as usual,” and it will take…

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Message from the Britt Music and Arts Festival

June 5, 2020

Britt Music and Arts Festival understands the trauma and pain experienced by people of color throughout our history as a country. Britt condemns racism and injustice in all its forms, and stands by those who wish to change society for the better. As we strive to build a more inclusive world through the music we…

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Britt’s 2020 Season postponed until 2021

May 7, 2020

Britt’s 2020 Season postponed until 2021 Like so many performing arts organizations and businesses, Britt is now faced with the challenge of carving our path in an uncertain world.  Today, Governor Brown issued a mandate canceling all large gatherings, including concerts or large sporting events, through at least September 2020. Due to this mandate, and…

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Britt Presents third announcement postponed until further notice

May 1, 2020

MEDFORD, OR – Due to frequently changing circumstances created by the spread of COVID-19, Britt Music & Arts Festival has postponed its third and final 2020 Britt Presents Season Announcement until further notice. The announcement had previously been rescheduled for Friday, May 8, 2020. Over the coming weeks, Britt will monitor local, state, and federal…

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Stick Figure tour rescheduling to 2021

April 21, 2020

MEDFORD, OR – Popular reggae artist Stick Figure has informed Britt Music & Art Festival that the 2020 Stick Figure Once In A Lifetime Summer Tour has been postponed to 2021. Their Britt concert will be rescheduled to a new date in 2021, which will be announced shortly. All of the bands will still be…

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2020 Britt Festival Orchestra Season Update in Light of Ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic

April 17, 2020

After careful consideration, Britt Music & Arts Festival’s Board of Directors, staff, and musicians of the Britt Orchestra Committee have agreed the 2020 BFO Season cannot proceed as we had planned. All previously scheduled performances between July 31 – August 16, 2020 have been canceled. The Britt staff and BFO musicians will explore a variety…

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Britt Music and Arts Festival 2020 Postponements

April 3, 2020

MEDFORD, OR – Due to quickly changing circumstances surrounding the spread of COVID-19 and resulting artist schedule changes, Britt Music & Arts Festival has decided to postpone its third 2020 Britt Presents Announcement, originally scheduled for April 9, 2020, to be held on May 8, 2020.   As previously announced, the Annual Season Announcement Party has…

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Britt Music and Arts Festival Operations Update

March 17, 2020

MEDFORD, OR – Britt Music and Arts Festivals has made the decision to limit staff presence in the administrative offices as much as possible until further notice.  This means that most staff members will be working remotely, with full access to phones, information, and technologies to continue serving our patrons and partners.  For now, only…

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COVID-19 message from the President and CEO of Britt Music and Arts Festival

March 13, 2020

MEDFORD, OR – As the third Britt Season Announcement is upon us, Britt Music and Arts Festival acknowledges and shares the public’s concerns about protecting against the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The safety and health of staff, patrons, volunteers and media is a top priority for Britt Music and Arts Festival.  Today, the Britt Music…

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Second Britt Presents announcement brings more music and comedy this summer

March 13, 2020

JACKSONVILLE, OR — In the second season announcement for 2020, Britt Presents is adding a variety of popular music artists and a comedian to the summer series line-up with several favorite returning artists. Britt Presents is excited to bring comedy back to the Britt Pavilion with Blue Collar Comedy Tour favorite, Ron White, on June…

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2020 Best of Britt benefit features ‘60s and ‘70s hitmaker-filled Happy Together Tour

March 6, 2020

Who/What: Best of Britt benefit featuring the Happy Together Tour with The Turtles, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, The Association, Mark Lindsay, former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Vogues, and The Cowsills When: 5:00 p.m. Thursday, July 9, 2020 Where: Britt Pavilion, 350 First St., Jacksonville Tickets: $135 includes…

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Britt announces first set of concerts for the 2020 Britt Presents season

February 14, 2020

MEDFORD, OR — Britt Music & Arts Festival announces its first set of concerts for the 2020 Britt Presents season this summer. In the first of three announcements, Britt presents a variety of musical artists including the classic country of Tanya Tucker, who was awarded two GRAMMYs this past January, modern bluegrass-inspired acoustic jam band…

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James T. Decker, Principal Trombone

January 30, 2020

HOMETOWN: Lubbock, TX PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: I have performed in a variety of professional ensembles, ranging from orchestras in Honolulu, New Mexico and New York to fine brass quintets, trombone quartets and various commercial groups. It’s this variety that I draw upon to give me the energy and inspiration for each performance. BACKGROUND/EDUCATION: I hold undergraduate and graduate degrees…

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Teddy Abrams Leads Oregon’s Britt Festival Orchestra Season

January 23, 2020

January 23, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mike Gantenbein, Marketing Director, 541-690-3849, mike.g@brittfest.org Teddy Abrams Leads Oregon’s Britt Festival Orchestra Season, Celebrating Beethoven’s 250th Birthday with Stellar Guest Artists and a World Premiere by Caroline Shaw Who: Teddy Abrams and the Britt Festival Orchestra When: Tuesday, July 28 – Sunday, August 16, 2020 Where: Britt…

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Britt Website Receives Significant Upgrade

January 16, 2020

January 16, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mike Gantenbein, Marketing Director, 541-690-3849, mike.g@brittfest.org Britt Website Receives Significant Upgrade MEDFORD, OR –  Britt Music & Arts Festival announces the redesign and significant upgrade of their website that will improve the ability of Britt patrons and fans to purchase tickets and learn about various operations of the…

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Be a part of what's new with Britt Music & Arts Festival. Whether it's news about the season line-up, a new grant we've received, an announcement for our latest fundraising event or a recap of a successful season, we want to share it with you. Media questions can be directed to Marketing Director Mike Gantenbein or by phone at 541-690-3849.

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