Photo by Justin Briggs

January 12, 2018
Contact: Mike Gantenbein, Marketing Director, 541-690-3849,

Britt’s “Symphony for Nature” reaches a national audience on PBS

The Britt Music & Arts Festival announces the national broadcast of “Symphony for Nature,” a 30-minute documentary film co-produced by Owsley Brown Presents and Britt that follows the process of creating and performing a large orchestral composition in a natural setting on the rim of Crater Lake. “Symphony for Nature” will be aired throughout January on PBS stations in San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Albuquerque, Louisville, Richmond, plus many other smaller cities and regional PBS networks. “Symphony for Nature” can also be streamed on demand at

A regional summer attraction since 1963, the Britt Orchestra is drawing national attention to Oregon and Crater Lake National Park. Donna Briggs, Britt’s President and CEO says, “The Britt Board of Directors and staff are excited about the investment that they made in this documentary and believe that this film will engage, inspire and entice new tourism to our region and new audiences to the Britt Orchestra.”

Composer Michael Gordon’s orchestral work “Natural History” was commissioned by Britt to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks Service, and the work was performed six times at Crater Lake National Park under the direction of conductor Teddy Abrams. The performances were presented to an estimated audience of 2,500 people over the course of two days on July 29 & 30, 2016. The premiere of “Natural History” by the Britt Orchestra, with 15 Klamath tribal drummers plus auxiliary brass and percussion, was inspired by Crater Lake National Park, Oregon’s only national park.

The documentary originally aired locally on Southern Oregon Public Television in 2017, and has been made available to PBS stations across the nation.

The full documentary can be viewed at:

2018 Britt Orchestra Season tickets are on sale now at, calling the box office at 541-773-6077 or in person at 216 W. Main Street, Medford.


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