JACKSONVILLE, OR — Britt Music & Arts Festival announces its first group of concerts in 2018 season lineup, coming to the outdoor amphitheater on the Britt hill in scenic Jacksonville, Oregon this summer. The first of three scheduled season announcements presents a wide variety of musical artists, including the funk-rock of Primus, a capella choruses […]
The Free Rein Summer Tour 2018, with California reggae band Rebelution, comes to the Britt stage August 16 along with Stephen Marley, Common Kings, Zion I, and DJ Mackle. This will be Rebelution’s fifth show at Britt. A dozen years into Rebelution’s stirring career, the release of the California reggae band’s fifth album Falling Into […]
Bob Haworth returns to the Bella Union on Sunday, February 11th, 2018, from 5:00-7:00pm for the first in a new entertainment series called “Sunday at The Bella.” Bob will be joined by the multi-talented, John Hollis (of Callahan’s Lodge fame) for an early evening of vintage folk music, cowboy tunes, original songs, and more. And […]
Britt Orchestra recording of Michael Gordon’s “Natural History” released digitally by Cantaloupe Music is available January 19 exclusively on Apple Music and iTunes – February 2 on all other digital services
The Britt Music & Arts Festival and Cantaloupe Music announce the digital release of Michael Gordon’s orchestral work “Natural History” for orchestra with 10 Klamath tribal drummers, a chorus, brass […]
Britt Education department announces it is now accepting BrittKids Koncert submissions for 2018
MEDFORD, OR, Jan. 22, 2018 — Britt Music & Arts Festival’s Education & Engagement department has announced it is now accepting concert program submissions for its BrittKids Koncert series. Now in its 3rd year, this free family-friendly series has expanded to present additional […]
2018 Britt Orchestra Season highlights Bernstein, brings bassist Edgar Meyer and other artists
Britt Music & Arts Festival and Britt Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams announce the 2018 Britt Orchestra Season, which will run from July 25 through August 11, 2018. For the second year in a row, Britt has lowered ticket prices for the Orchestra, […]
MEDFORD, OR — Despite a smoky wildfire season and a power outage, the 2017 Britt Season received abundant support from the community, with steady ticket sales, growing membership, and new, beneficial business partnerships. Britt will continue to build on this momentum in 2018.
“Britt’s new, updated food concessions were a big hit this year!” according to […]
Medford, OR – Britt Music & Arts Festival has recently received a grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust of Vancouver, Washington, for Britt’s reserved seating replacement and expansion project. These funds will be used to replace deteriorating 30-year-old benches with newer hardwood benches designed to last for 40 years, while also expanding the current […]
Britt Education residency program presents West Coast premiere of wheelchair dance performance “DESCENT”
Medford, OR – Britt Education & Engagement will be hosting the project-based collective Kinetic Light for a five-day in-school residency at Crater Renaissance Academy culminating in the West Coast premiere of their wheelchair-based dance piece “DESCENT”, September 25 – 29, 2017.
Performed on an […]
In late June, Joelle Graves began serving as the Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra’s Interim Executive Director. Joelle has lived in the Rogue Valley for 32 years and has over 20 years of experience in non-profit management. She’s a familiar face to many in town, having owned Sterling Creek Antiques and having worked at Blue Door […]
The Rogue Valley Symphony (RVS) is elated to announce its 50th anniversary season. The 2017-2018 season will combine world-renowned soloists, such as pianist Peter Serkin, great masterworks by famous composers and five new symphonic works commissioned and/or co-commissioned by the RVS for the anniversary season.
The Rogue Valley Symphony’s 50th Anniversary Season will open on September […]
Documentary capturing orchestral performance at Oregon’s spectacular Crater Lake premieres on SOPTV, 9PM, August 22, 2017
Medford — August 8, 2017. SOPTV announced today the new documentary “Symphony for Nature: The Britt Orchestra at Crater Lake” will premiere at 9PM, August 22, 2017.
The new half-hour documentary artfully portrays the world premiere of “Natural History,” the powerful […]
JACKSONVILLE, OR — Britt Music & Arts Festival announces its full 2017 season lineup, coming to the outdoor amphitheater on the Britt hill in scenic Jacksonville this summer. The 2017 season includes legendary rock band Goo Goo Dolls; former American Idol finalist Daughtry; grinding blues-rock guitarist George Thorogood and The Destroyers; the reggae steeped Good Vibes […]
A fashion show and tribute to the Hollywood icon who called the Rogue Valley her home.
Join Randall Theatre on Saturday, April 22nd for an elegant afternoon of food, fun and fashion all done up Ginger Rogers style. The event includes a fashion show featuring gowns owned and worn by Ginger herself, some custom made just […]
Hold on to your hats unless you’re willing to have them blown off! Our new director, Hope Harrison, choral director of 285 kids at Hedrick and Mcloughlin middle schools, has brought new energy and excitement to our musicians, and we are eager to share that with our concert-goers. Repertory includes the hauntingly beautiful “A Celtic […]
Live theater returns to town when the Randall Theatre Company of Medford moves many of its main stage offerings to a new Jacksonville location at the Calvary Church on 5th Street. The planned expansion is part of a partnership between the Randall Theatre and Jacksonville’s Calvary Church. The church will continue holding church services on […]
The popular touring documentary concert Romancing the West returns to the City that inspired it for a special dinner show at Jacksonville Inn on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 at 5:30 pm. Romancing the West Legacy Tour launched in 2013 has toured ever since, from the West Coast to Midwest shows this past September and this […]
Jacksonville’s own Open Jam Tuesdays, hosted by bandleader T.J. Elton is celebrating its one-year anniversary. In the spirit of, “If you build it, they will come,” Elton approached J’ville Tavern’s owner, Andy Whitty Gough, to showcase the talent of local musicians. On February 2, 2016, Open Jam Tuesday debuted, and the players filled-up the sign-in […]
Live theater is returning to Jacksonville. The Randall Theatre Company of Medford is announcing plans to perform some of its 2017 season of shows in a new Jacksonville location. The planned expansion is part of a partnership between the Randall Theatre and Jacksonville’s Calvary Church. The church building located on 5th Street in Jacksonville will […]
MEDFORD, OR — Britt Music & Arts Festival is excited to be the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, which will be used to produce and perform a wheelchair-based dance work through a five-day educational residency.
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in […]
REPERTORY SINGERS CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH “ALL IS BRIGHT” CONCERT ON DECEMBER 17TH and 18TH, 2016
ASHLAND, OR – Southern Oregon Repertory Singers, under the direction of Dr. Paul French, will celebrate the music of the holidays with a performance of “All Is Bright” on Saturday, December 17th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 18th at […]
The Rogue Valley Symphony will be opening its 2016-2017 season on October 21, 22, and 23, 2016. Two-time GRAMMY nominee and Avery Fisher career grant recipient Jennifer Frautschi will be featured on Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. The orchestra will also perform Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Anadyomene-Adoration of Aphrodite and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9. […]
The Rogue Valley Symphony will be performing concerts with extraordinary pianist Alexander Ghindin on November 11, 12, and 13, 2016. Cleveland International Piano Competition winner Ghindin will be featured on two works: Liszt’s Totentanz and Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The orchestra will perform a second work by Liszt, Mazeppa, and an additional […]
Jacksonville Cemetery Association and Madrone Theatre Company Team-Up to Present “Spoon River Anthology”
For the past ten years, the pioneers of Jacksonville have been brought back to life each October, through dramatic “Meet the Pioneers” reenactment performances in the Jacksonville Cemetery. The grassroots community event has grown each year, with hundreds of visitors trekking up the hill above the gold rush town in small groups to enjoy historical […]
ASHLAND, ORE. – Southern Oregon Repertory Singers will conclude its30th season under the direction of Dr. Paul French, with a performance of Joseph Haydn’s magnificent “Creation” on Saturday, May 21st, 2016 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 at 3:00 pm.
Composed late in life, “Creation” represents Haydn at his tuneful and creative best. The […]
Crater Drama presents GREATER TUNA
by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard
Directed by Matthew R Reynolds
*please read in your best Texan accent J
Come take a trip down south to Texas’ THIRD smallest town, Tuna. First, we meet Thurston and Arles on their talk radio show. Today’s topics include the winner of the American Heritage […]
Taste of Summer is an annual celebration in Jacksonville presented by Britt Music & Arts Festival and the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. The event includes a wine walk, live music, food booths, art, classic cars and more. This will be the second year in which selected artisans or crafters will be invited to show and sell their products.
As part of Britt’s continuing efforts to bring professional musicians into local schools, Duo Damiana will visit Hedrick Middle School in Medford, and North Medford High School. The flute/guitar duo is made up of Molly Barth and Dieter Hennings, and, as Duo Damiana, they are focused on broadening the cutting-edge body of repertoire for flute […]
Crater Drama Presents 7 plays, conceived, constructed, rehearsed and performed all in 24 hours!
The process is simple, or maybe not so much. Writers, directors, and a handful of actors all gather on the evening of Friday, February 5th to begin their journey into the world of a 24 hour theatre production. Once the students enter […]
MEDFORD, OR — Britt’s Education and Engagement department announces its lineup of camps and workshops for 2016. The programs focus on a variety of music genres, and serve students from preschoolers through adults. With the goal of providing the community opportunities to explore the act of creative expression through music, Britt collaborates with teaching musicians […]
The Firebird Wind Trio returns to the Jacksonville Library this holiday season with a community concert full of delightful music including many favorite pieces and a sing-along. Join the fun on Sunday, December 6, 2015 from 3:00-4:00pm in the Naversen Room of the Jacksonville Library, at 340 West “C” Street in Jacksonville.
Well-known musicians will include […]
Globe Saxophone Quartet concert
Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Bigham Knoll Ballroom, Jacksonville
Doors open at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $10 adults, $5 for students with valid ID and children 1-12
Tickets available at the Britt box office at 541-773-6077
Britt and the Oregon Center for the Arts at SOU are partnering to bring the Globe Quartet to town for […]
Masterworks of Beethoven, Dvořák, and Smetana to be played on the Rogue Valley Symphony’s concerts in October. Concerts will be held on Friday, October 16 at 7:30 pm in the SOU Music Recital Hall, Mountain Ave, Ashland; Saturday, October 17 at 7:30pm in the Craterian Theater at the Collier Center for the Performing Arts, 23 […]
The first weekend in October, hundreds of people travel from out of town to our beautiful Rogue Valley. They don’t come to taste the wine, although they are sure to. Nor do they come to hike, although their feet may feel as if they had. No. They come for three days of live music and […]
In July 2016, members of the Britt Orchestra and Music Director Teddy Abrams will celebrate the unique majesty of Crater Lake with performances at the national park. Abrams will lead approximately 40 Britt Orchestra musicians in the performances, with the dramatic panorama of the entire lake as the backdrop. The musicians will perform a world […]
Britt is still accepting students for its first Guitar Workshop, which will be August 28-30, 2015 at the RCC campus in downtown Medford.
The workshop is a three-day exploration of flamenco, slack key, classical, jazz, blues and rock guitar techniques. Each day will have two three-hour sessions, each focusing on one genre. The workshop is open […]
Camelot’s Classic Crooners Spotlight: Yes There really WAS Good Pop Music Before Rock And Roll – by Lee Greene
In the lobby of the Camelot Theatre at the Monday evening, August 17 performance of Spotlight on Perry, Jerry & Dean: Classic Crooners, a couple of adults were trying to explain to the adolescent children they had brought to the show just who Perry Como, Jerry Vale and Dean Martin were. “They were BIG in […]
The Spirit of Leonard Bernstein Arouses The Britt Pavilion on Britt Classical Festival’s Fifth Night – by Lee Greene
On Sunday evening, August 9, the Britt Festivals presented the fifth concert of the 2015 Classical Season and for the third time this weekend, the program departed from the traditional menu of past seasons of mainly standard 18th and 19th century European works from the establishment classical repertoire. The August 9 concert was billed as […]
The Britt Festivals presented the fourth concert of the 2015 Classical Season on Saturday evening, August 8, and it continued the pattern set the previous night. The program diverged from the staid classical programming of past Britt Classical seasons. Instead the program introduced new music, fresh collaborations with talented young artists, and revitalized takes on […]
The Britt Festivals presented the third concert of the 2015 Classical Season on Friday evening, August 7, and it was the first of three weekend concerts that diverged from the typical classical season fare of previous seasons. Music Director Teddy Abrams, in his sophomore season, had already begun to make his mark, and shape a […]
Every summer, Camelot Theatre’s Conservatory offers a six week program for aspiring young talents, providing morning instruction in acting, voice and dance, taught by professional artists, with afternoons dedicated to rehearsals and performances of a Summer Production. The program culminates in 6 performances by the Conservatory graduates of the Summer Production on the Camelot Theatre […]
Britt Orchestra Follows Epic Opening Night With Glorious, Historic Second Night Concert – by Lee Greene
As I described elsewhere (http://jacksonvillereview.com/britt-orchestra-delivers-an-epic-start-to-maestro-abrams-sophomore-season/), the 2015 Britt Festivals Classical Season began with an epic start on Opening Night. That was followed on Saturday, August 1 with the Second Night concert. Much was dialed down the second night: the temperature was only in the 90’s instead of 107, the forest-fire generated smoke wasn’t pea […]
Epic: – of unusually great size or extent; – spectacular; very impressive; awesome [Dictionary.com, http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/epic]
The Britt Orchestra opened the 2015 Classical Season Friday evening, July 31, delivering a concert that was epic in all the senses of the word listed above: The performing ensemble on stage was the largest ever to perform at the […]
OSF’s Secret Love In Peach Blossom Land: A Creative & Entertaining Allegory on Separation and Loss – by Lee Greene
Most seasons, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) presents at least one play imported from another culture and adapted so it works for a contemporary American audience (e.g. The White Snake 2012, Throne of Blood 2010). This season, OSF gives its audience Secret Love In Peach Blossom Land by bilingual U.S. born Taiwanese playwright, Stan Lai. […]
Taking the High Road with High Street
Imagine, for a moment, that you are 12-years-old. You and 449 other students are herded into the school gymnasium where a six-member band, decked-out in neon zoot suits and fedora hats, is playing decade hit songs from 1940’s “In the Mood” to Bruno Mars’ latest hit, “Uptown Funk.” […]
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 […]
Holly Restoration Project to have a segment on Jim Belushi’s “Building Belushi” show on DIY Network
MEDFORD, OREGON, JULY 22, 2015 – Actor, comedian and musician Jim Belushi joined the Holly Theatre in April as the Honorary Chair of the Holly Theatre Restoration Project. His six-episode DIY Network series, Building Beluishi, follows Belushi and his team […]
On Saturday, July 18, I attended a very curious production of the rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, at Talent’s Camelot Theatre. The piece tells the story of the last seven days of the life of the Biblical Jesus of Nazareth. The music, drawn from the 1970 Broadway musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, […]
When I saw Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s (OSF) production of Pericles in the Thomas Theatre for the first time, everything about it was SO outstanding: the profound story, performances so good by ALL the actors, theater technical arts so perfect, music that so effectively heightened the emotional impact of the piece, that it defied my expectations […]
A Melodramatic but Imperfect OSF Count of Monte Cristo is a Must-See Theater Experience – by Lee Greene
The Count of Monte Cristo was penned as an adventure novel by Frenchman Alexandre Dumas in 1844, set in the midst of the political conflicts between Napoleon and the French monarchy of that time. “The book is considered a literary classic today. . . . ‘The Count of Monte Cristo has become a fixture of […]