Britt Orchestra to perform at Crater Lake National Park's Centenial Celebration in 2016

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Crater Lake National Park

In July 2016, members of the Britt Orchestra and Music Director Teddy Abrams will celebrate the unique majesty of Crater Lake with performances at the national park. Abrams will lead approximately 40 Britt Orchestra musicians in the performances, with the dramatic panorama of the entire lake as the backdrop. The musicians will perform a world premiere composition by New York-based composer Michael Gordon, commissioned by Britt and inspired by Crater Lake.

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Béla Fleck to play with the Britt Orchestra

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Known for his explorations of new musical territory and considered by many to be the world's greatest banjo player, Béla Fleck has been nominated in more genres than any musician in Grammy history. Already a powerfully creative force in bluegrass, jazz, pop, rock and world beat, It was only natural that he delve into Classical music. He performs with the Britt Orchestra on Friday, August 8 for a special evening of music, both old and new including a groundbreaking work that is sweeping the nation's concert halls to rave reviews. Béla Fleck has performed at the Britt twelve times, but never with the Britt Orchestra.

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Bill Maher and American Idol Live! added to 2014 Britt Festival lineup

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The Britt Festival, Southern Oregon’s summer concert series under the stars, announced an truly epic lineup of big names from across the musical spectrum including rock, pop, folk, bluegrass, country, classical and much more. This year’s schedule now includes shows by sardonic comic Bill Maher from HBO’s Real Time and American Idol Live!

The soul-inspired pop band Fitz and the Tantrums, folk legend Joan Baez, singer-songwriter Tori Amos, country rockers Montgomery Gentry, comic Brian Regan, reggae artist Matisyahu, indie darlings The Head and the Heart, blues/rock act Tedeschi Trucks Band, classic rocker Peter Frampton and pop/rock sensation The Fray are among the acts coming to Britt in the 2014 season.

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10 cool things to do in Ashland

San Jose Mercury News

by LISA WREN

(besides watching Shakespeare)

Say Ashland, and the word Shakespeare leaps to mind. But veteran visitors of the charming Southern Oregon town find other words - shoe shopping, Class III rapids, pinot noir and tuna tartar - also are part of the Ashland lexicon.
Many plan the six-hour pilgrimage from Northern California to the mecca of summer theater as a weekend getaway. In a three-day trip you can cram in four shows, maybe catch a free lecture, and eat extremely well.

But if you've got a little longer, or have had your fill of theater, there's lots more to discover. (That said, it would be a small tragedy to visit Ashland and not see a single play.)

So, here are suggestions for a midsummer's dream vacation.
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