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Britt Music & Arts Festival

JACKSONVILLE’S SUMMERLONG CONCERT JUGGERNAUT

Britt Pavilioin. Photo by Josh Morell

 

Britt Music & Arts Festival, which began humbly enough in 1963 as a two-week chamber music festival, has since burgeoned into a sum- merlong, multigenre nonprofit festival featuring major marquee names.

Last summer alone, they hosted Diana Ross, Lyle Lovett, Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, and TV sitcom stars Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, along with dozens of other impressive national and local artists. What’s more, their 90-member-strong Britt Orchestra celebrated Crater Lake National Park’s centennial by performing the world premiere of Michael Gordon’s Natural History in the majestic park. Britt has put the small southern Oregon town of Jacksonville on the cultural map.

In case you’re wondering, the name “Britt” has nothing to do with Great Britain; rather, it pays tribute to Peter Britt, whose former hillside estate now serves as the festival’s main concert site. Sweeping views of the Rogue Valley and casual seating enhance the experience for crowds of as many as 2,200 concertgoers per show. Britt also serves their community with summer camps, family programming, workshops, and internships.

Still putting together their 2017 lineup at press time, Britt can already confirm “The combination of quality music, high-caliber artists, and an intimate, casual, gorgeous outdoor setting.” Sounds amazing already.

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