MEDFORD, Ore. — The Britt Festival has cancelled their final weekend of orchestra performances due to difficulties spurred by poor air quality in the area.
The final performances were scheduled for Friday and Saturday, August 10-11.
Initially, both performances and rehearsals were moved to North Medford High School due to poor air quality at Britt's accustomed outdoor venue. Recently those rehearsals were moved back to the Britt Pavilion because the High School's stage was "too small for the third weekend's repertoire."
"The music we had planned to perform required extra musicians and instruments that would not fit on the North Medford High stage," said a statement from festival organizers.
But, due to some cancelled rehearsals caused by the move, Britt determined that their orchestra has not had adequate preparation time to perform this weeken's "challenging" pieces.
"Even if conditions improve, without enough rehearsal time, the orchestra is not able to perform at the high-quality standards we strive for each year," the statement reads.
Britt says that in spite of this cancellation, they consider 2018 to have been a successful season of performances around the region over the past three weeks.
Britt had the following to say about refunds:
"Regardless of the reasons for cancelling two concerts, Britt will be required to pay all orchestra, guest artist fees and other incurred expenses.
"Before you call to request a refund, please take a moment to consider turning your ticket purchase into a donation. As a non-profit organization, it will be challenging to absorb the cost of these cancellations. Every ticket donation will help us continue to put on great orchestra concerts in years to come. And it’s tax deductible.
"If you do desire a refund, we will honor your request. Please be patient as we respond.
"To convert your ticket to a donation or to request a refund, you can contact the Britt Box Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond as soon as possible. This could take up to a week.
"Due to our business requirements, we ask that you place your requests on or before September 14th, 2018. If we do not receive your request on or before September 14th, your tickets will be automatically converted to a donation."
The Britt Festival says that they already have big plans for the 2019 Britt Festival Orchestra Season. They say that they have "three outstanding soloists" confirmed for 2019 already, and they look forward to continuing their 56-year tradition again next season.