Photo by Justin Briggs

The 2017 Britt Orchestra Season opens with a “West Coast Composer Celebration” July 28 at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville 

Who: The 2017 Britt Orchestra, led by Music Director and Conductor Teddy Abrams

When: 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 28

Where: Britt Pavilion, 350 First St., Jacksonville

Tickets: Reserved $49 | Lawn $25 | Child/Student Lawn $10 

Tickets are available at or the Britt box office, 216 W. Main St., Medford.

The Britt Orchestra opens its 55th season with a “West Coast Composer Celebration” featuring musical pieces written by a variety of composers who have relationships with the West Coast, including a new work commissioned by Britt from Oregonian composer Kenji Bunch: “Song of Sasquatch.” According to Bunch, “although the subject may sound rather silly, I intend the piece as a sincere examination of universal experiences, from the perspective of the fabled beast. The underlying intention, as with several of my works, is to look at unlikely characters with empathy.”

The opening night program also features well-known cellist Joshua Roman, who will be performing Mason Bates’ Cello Concerto. The concerto is dedicated to the cellist, who gave its world premiere with the Seattle Symphony in 2014, and has since performed it with orchestras around the U.S. Roman has demonstrated inspirational artistic leadership throughout his career. As Artistic Director of TownMusic in Seattle he has showcased his own eclectic musical influences and chamber music favorites, while also promoting newly commissioned works. Under his direction, the series has offered world premieres of compositions by some of today’s brightest young composers and performances by cutting-edge ensembles. A native of Oklahoma City, Roman began playing the cello at the age of three on a quarter-size instrument, and gave his first public recital at age ten. Home-schooled until he was 16, he then pursued his musical studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Richard Aaron. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance in 2004, and his Master’s in 2005, as a student of Desmond Hoebig, former principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra.

The evening program includes works by composers John Adams, Andrew Norman, Darius Milhaud, Henry Cowell and John Williams, who is famous for his movie themes and scores.

The Britt Music & Arts Festival is happy to announce that orchestra lawn ticket prices have been reduced to $25 for adults in 2017. Britt wishes to make the orchestra experience available to everyone, and lowering ticket prices for lawn seats will make it easier for families and those who haven’t been to an orchestra performance before.

For complete information about the 2017 Britt Orchestra Season and to purchase tickets, visit or call the Britt box office at 541-773-6077.


Inspired by its intimate and scenic hillside venue, Britt Music & Arts Festival provides diverse live performances, an incomparable classical festival and dynamic education programs that create a sense of discovery and community. Since its grassroots beginnings in 1963, the non-profit organization has grown from a two-week chamber music festival to a summer-long series of concerts in a variety of genres, including a three-week orchestra season, and year-round education and engagement programs. For more information, visit