About Donna Briggs

Donna BriggsDonna Briggs is President/CEO of Britt Festivals. Comments or questions for Britt Festivals? Email Donna at ed@brittfest.org. Visit Britt Festivals at www.brittfest.org.

Our Community is Bigger than You Think! – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill – November 2017

I think we can all agree that Britt is a part of Jacksonville and Jacksonville is a part of Britt. Moreover, because of Britt Music and Arts Festival, our Jacksonville community is bigger than we think! Meaning that support for this community reaches far beyond our city limits. Did […]

By | October 27th, 2017|Featured Stories, News From Britt Hill|0 Comments

Last Push to Bring New Seating to the Hill… – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill – October 2017

We’d like to share our excitement about critical improvements being made on the Britt hill. With the close of another fantastic season, Britt is transitioning into what is sure to be a busy “off” season. Beginning this month, our old grey Britt bench seats will become just a memory. […]

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Lights Out: History Made – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill – September 2017

I had not planned on writing about a power outage for the September column. Mother Nature had different plans. When you think about it, we were due. Britt concerts have lucked out for 55 years. With that statistic, we had already beaten the law of averages. We should be […]

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Let the Music Begin – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill – August 2017

By the time you read this News from the Hill, the Britt Orchestra will have arrived here in beautiful southern Oregon. Thanks to over 90 host families, our orchestra members are already settled into their temporary homes for the Season. Teddy Abrams, Britt’s Music Director, and Mark Knippel, Director […]

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Children’s Concert Series Expands – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill – July 2017

If you haven’t heard yet, thanks to Southern Oregon Subaru, we are expanding our free children’s concert series and introducing our new mascot, Scout. Scout says ALL KIDS of ALL AGES are invited and no tickets are needed! All performances start at 10:00am in the Britt Performance Garden—just show […]

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New Reserved Seating Taking Shape on Britt Hill – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill – June 2017

The time has come. As you might know, the existing benches on Britt Hill provide seating for 662 and were installed in 1987. Today, they are in a state of severe deterioration due to weather and time, including eleven benches that had to be repaired and held together with […]

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An Eclectic Season on the Hill – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill – May 2017

“Eclectic” is the word that I used to describe the 2017 Britt Line-up at our April 6th Season Announcement party, where we had a record-breaking crowd of over 250 upper-level members, Business Partners, and press come together to celebrate the launch of another spectacular Britt season. We revealed many […]

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News From Britt Hill, April 2017 – by Donna Briggs

It is always tough for me to decide what to write about in Britt’s April column. You see, the problem is that I know about all of these great performers that are coming to Britt, but I am sworn to secrecy due to the timing of our April season announcement and the Jacksonville Reviews’ publishing […]

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2017 Britt Season Off to Great Start – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill – March 2017

At your Britt Orchestra’s February 11th Valentine Gala, Music Director Teddy Abrams revealed the 2017 Season to an enthusiastic crowd of over 200 music lovers. Since beginning his tenure as Britt’s Music Director in 2013, Teddy’s programs have both delighted and challenged our audiences through a skillful blend of […]

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Britt Orchestra Season Announcement on February 11th! – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill – February 2017

As we enter the New Year, Britt would like to welcome Jacksonville’s newest City Council member, Steve Casaleggio. Based on our experience, the Council exhibits a strong commitment to working with citizens toward the shared vision of providing the best possible community for residents and visitors alike. They understand […]

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Britt Getting Better – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill – December 2016/January 2017

This year Britt enjoyed an enthusiastic response to the Crater Lake Project, the Britt Orchestra Season and our Popular Music line-up. Out of 45 concerts performed on Britt’s main stage and in the Performance Garden, overall attendance was over 64,000, with an average attendance of […]

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Thank You Britt Society – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill – October 2016

I wrote this column several years back and have never repeated a column before now. Read on and you will understand why I am re-publishing this sweet reminder.

I am dedicating this entire column to the Britt Society, the unsung heroes of Britt Music and Arts Festival. Did you know […]

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News From Britt Hill, September 2016 – by Donna Briggs

As most of you know, on July 29 & 30, Britt celebrated the Centennial of the National Parks Service, with the world premiere performance of “Natural History,” a composition written by Michael Gordon, and inspired by the beauty and splendor of Crater Lake. Members of the Britt Orchestra, along with members […]

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News From Britt Hill, August 2016 – by Donna Briggs

We are very excited about our entire 2016 Britt Orchestra season. On Opening night, Friday, August 5, Music Director Teddy Abrams opens the 2016 Britt Orchestra season with a new commission by celebrated Russian-American composer Lev Zhurbin, whom The New York Times has called, “strikingly original and soulful.” The Russian program continues with Shostakovich’s complex […]

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News From Britt Hill, July 2016 – by Donna Briggs

Today, nonprofit performing arts organizations across the country find that to meet the challenges of the 21st century, we must innovate. Some of the most promising solutions are generated by those of us who are willing to work differently by working together. Partnerships enable performing arts organizations to make the most of each other’s strengths […]

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Britt…More Than Concerts! – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill – June 2016

In addition to the concerts that Britt presents all summer, did you know that Britt Music and Arts Festival also offers education programs twelve months out of the year? Starting in January, we bring in our first cadre of interns. Internships at Britt provide in-depth, hands-on experience in Marketing, […]

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Rumors… – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill – May 2016

The buzz around Britt’s 2016 line-up started with rumors that turned into reality. Yes, the “supreme” Diana Ross, along with her daughter, Rhonda Ross, is performing in Jacksonville this summer. Speaking of rumors, have you ever heard the gossip that Johnny Depp owns a house in […]

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Host a Britt Classical Musician this Summer! – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill – April 2016

For over 50 years, Britt has provided our orchestra members with host families that open their homes and hearts to music, and give our musicians who travel from all over the U.S. the true “Britt Experience.” Hosting musicians is a great way to build an intimate relationship with the […]

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2016 Britt Orchestra Season – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill – March 2016

While all of the concerts and programs that we present are important, the Britt Orchestra holds a special place as the artistic core of our organization. The Britt board and staff are collectively committed to making sure the Britt Orchestra thrives, and we were recently able to celebrate the […]

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Find the Britt Orchestra in Unusual Places this Year… – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill – February 2016

2016 is going to be a year of exploration for Britt. Simply put, we are going to try new things. First, we will kick off the New Year with the much-anticipated Valentine’s Gala featuring China Forbes, of Pink Martini, with Music Director Teddy Abrams on Piano, […]

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Does Britt Matter? – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill – Dec 2015/Jan 2016

Does Britt Music and Arts Festival matter to the future generations of Jacksonville and the Rogue Valley? In recent years, many Britt supporters have informed me of their intention to include a designated gift to Britt in their wills. I am pleased to say that over the past […]

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No Slowing Down for Britt! – by Donna Briggs

News from Britt Hill – October 2015

Earlier this spring, I attended a private in-home concert in Grants Pass. It was a weeknight and, as usual, my day was long and hurried. I even considered not going to the concert, or going and staying for only a few songs. But, in this business, we are always […]

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News From Britt Hill, September 2015 – by Donna Briggs

August has been such an exciting month on the Britt hill, and we have much more to look forward to, as summer extends into September. We are fresh off of an exciting Classical Festival, and I hope you were able to join Teddy Abrams and the Britt Orchestra during their three weeks of music-making. The […]

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Epic Season On-Tap for Britt Orchestra – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill – August 2015

By the time you read this News from the Hill the Britt Orchestra will have already arrived here in beautiful southern Oregon. As you can imagine, our Music Director Teddy Abrams has been working tirelessly over the past several months to make his vision a reality. The first rehearsal […]

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Classical Season Kicking-Off Soon! – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill – July 2015

We are happy and excited to welcome concert goers to the 53rd season of Britt’s Classical Festival. As Jacksonville Review readers know, this year’s Classical Festival reflects a shift to bolder and more diverse programming. Teddy Abrams has put together an unparalleled roster of guest musicians and an outstanding […]

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Taste of Summer – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill – June 2015

This is always an exciting month at Britt, as the anticipation for the summer concert season gives way to great music on the Hill. It’s also a time of several other celebrations and special events.

First off, as you can see on the cover of the June Jacksonville Review, we […]

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News from Britt Hill, May 2015 – by Donna Briggs

In thinking about this month’s article, I tried to define for myself what makes Britt so special. Over the past 5 years, I have observed that each concert has its own vibe and culture that brings people of different backgrounds, experiences, and appearances together in a safe and happy environment. Gratefully, music really is blind. […]

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News From Britt Hill, April 2015 – by Donna Briggs

It is my pleasure to devote this column to introducing and welcoming Kay Hilton, Britt’s new Director of Education and Engagement. With 18 years of experience at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as the Music Coordinator, she comes to Britt with an extensive background in performing arts and education. Kay is knowledgeable and passionate about music, […]

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Epic Season Coming to the Britt Classical Stage – by Donna Briggs

News from Britt Hill – March 2015

At the February 5th Classical Festival Announcement, Music Director Teddy Abrams promised an “epic season,” and after hearing about it, we believe him! Not only is Teddy’s enthusiasm infectious, his programming is diverse, bold and inspiring. The 2015 Britt Classical Festival lineup is already generating an energetic buzz around […]

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News From Britt Hill, February 2015 – by Donna Briggs

As we enter the New Year, Britt welcomes Jacksonville’s three newest City Council members: Ken Gregg, Brad Bennington and Jim Lewis. As volunteers, the City Council works tirelessly with the city’s administrative staff and citizens to provide a framework for the ongoing operations of the City. As I have participated in many proceedings over the […]

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News From Britt Hill, December 2014/January 2015 – by Donna Briggs

It has been a very busy year for Britt, and perhaps that’s why we feel 2014 flew by so quickly. We’ve reached new goals and met new challenges while experiencing another successful season. And we know none of that would be possible without our amazing community support and why we owe you, our […]

By | November 24th, 2014|News From Britt Hill|Comments Off on News From Britt Hill, December 2014/January 2015 – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill, November 2014 – by Donna Briggs

As we enter the 2014 Holiday Season, the words that come to mind are “thank you for an amazing year.” We embarked on transformative changes to the Britt Hill, hosted a powerful and innovative Classical Festival season, and gained many new community partners.

We simply could not have done any of this without the community of […]

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Thanks Britt Society – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill – October 2014

I am dedicating this entire column to the Britt Society, the unsung heroes of Britt Festivals. Did you know that the Britt Society is a separate non-profit 501c3 organization with their own Board of Directors and membership made up of 300 fantastic and active people? Established in 1964, its […]

By | September 25th, 2014|Featured Stories, News From Britt Hill|Comments Off on Thanks Britt Society – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill, September 2014 – by Donna Briggs

As I write this, we have just completed the final weekend of the 2014 Classical Festival. Wow! I do believe Teddy saved the best for last. On closing night, Mahler’s piece was simply breathtaking. I mean that literally; I had to remind myself to breath as I sat mesmerized by the powerfully-moving music.

What a whirlwind […]

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Classical Music Accessible for All – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill – August 2014

My hope is that 2014 will be remembered as the year of accessibility: accessible music, accessible venue and accessible Music Director.

Who’s afraid of classical music? Lots of people, apparently. Well, I am here to tell you that classical music is not just for the well-seasoned listener; it’s for everyone! […]

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Major Construction Breathes New Life Into the Community – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill, July 2014

The combined projects of the City of Jacksonville’s First Street sidewalk project, the Booster Club’s lighting project and the Britt Festival’s Performance Garden project resulted in over $2 million dollars of improvements to the community. These dollars were invested in Jacksonville because collectively, we believe in the future of our […]

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News From Britt Hill, April 2014 – by Donna Briggs

Congratulations to blues singer Cee Cee James, winner of the 2014 Rising Stars competition.

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Best of Britt Benefit Coming! – by Donna Briggs

Make plans now for one of the most entertaining and tasty events of the summer! Our “Best of Britt” benefit on Thursday, June 26, is an evening filled with all the best parts of Britt—great music, great food and great wine!

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2014 Britt Classical Season is Mixing it Up! – by Donna Briggs

Our 2014 Classical Festival announcement in January was an exciting one, as our new Music Director Teddy Abrams announced the full lineup of programs and guest artists for the concerts this August. This season is full of great music, exciting soloists, and fun events...

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