Oregon’s Britt festival to present large-scale Michael Gordon piece at Crater Lake in 2016

Posted on: September 3, 2015

In Wednesday’s (8/26) San Francisco Chronicle, Jesse Hamlin writes that at Oregon’s Crater Lake next summer, Teddy Abrams, “music director of both the Louisville Orchestra in Kentucky and the Britt Classical Music Festival in Jacksonville, Ore., will produce a panoramic experience … linking that beautiful landscape with music by composer Michael Gordon inspired by it. Abrams visited Crater Lake as a kid and returned last summer when he began his first season with the Britt…. Oregon’s only national park, Crater Lake seemed to Abrams and his Britt associates the ideal place to celebrate the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service and bring attention to southern Oregon and its prime but little-known festival orchestra. It’s also the 100th birthday of the National Endowment for the Arts. The festival has applied to the NEA’s Imagine Your Parks program for a $100,000 matching grant to put on immersive performances around the lake.… Gordon … is planning what he calls ‘an experiential, spatial work. The idea is to draw out the natural sounds in and around Crater Lake and connect the natural sonic environment to the orchestra.”

Posted September 3, 2015