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Britt Festival Announces their Orchestra Lineup

NewsWatch 12 talked with the President/CEO of Britt about what new changes will be taking place for the 2019 Britt Festival.

Posted: Jan 24, 2019 10:18 AM
Updated: Jan 24, 2019 3:01 PM

JACKSONVILLE, Ore.,--Today, the Britt Festival Orchestra Season announcement went live on there website. You can find the lineup here at 10 a.m.

NewsWatch 12 talked to the president and CEO of the Britt, Donna Briggs. Briggs shared some exciting news about the orchestra this year. They have under gone some re-branding this year. Teddy, conductor of the orchestra, has been with the Britt Festival for the last 5 year. He just resigned his contract for an additional 5 years.

"The most prestigious radio station in New York City which is WQXR just named teddy number one on the top 19 conductors list,so that's pretty impressive," says Briggs.

Briggs says that this year, there will be some changes and improvements to the festival. There will even be something for the kids to enjoy.

"Traditionally, we have 7 concerts and that's over the course of a 3 week period. This year we are going to have 9 concerts and we're doing it differently. We're going to have what we call 'Teddy's Discovery Tuesdays'."

For three Tuesdays during the season, the Britt Festival will have family friendly concerts. Briggs hopes this will attract new audiences. Teddy's Discovery Tuesdays will be 20 dollars for adults and 10 dollars for kids.

In the past couple years, smoke in air has been a concern during the festival. This year, they have a back up plan for that. The Briggs estimates that about 80% of Britt Festivals goers are locals who are familiar with smokey summers in the Rogue Valley. Even so, there is a back up plan this year for the festival to be moved indoors if the air is too smokey. Briggs reserved North Medford High School as an indoor concert option for the entire three week season.

After today's lineup announcement, the next lineup announcement won't be made until Feburary 7th.

Tomorrow at 9 in the morning, ticket sales will start for the orchestra.
They will be available to buy on the Britt Festival website.

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