Britt Festivals' 2014 classical festival will strike out in new and adventurous directions under new Music Director Teddy Abrams, with guests soloists including banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck, and a complete performance of Mahler's massive Symphony Number 1.
The announcement was made Tuesday evening at a gala event in Jacksonville. Abrams announced each of this season's seven concerts, as well as the guest artists who will grace the stage this summer; he joined JPR on The Jefferson Exchange on Wednesday morning (audio above).
The 2014 season is as follows:
Friday, Aug 1st
Abrams -- An as-yet unannounced original composition.
Stravinsky - Firebird Suite
Beethoven - Symphony No. 5
Saturday, Aug 2nd
Rimsky-Korsakov - Capriccio espagnol
Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No. 3 with soloist Andrew von Oeyen
Friday, Aug 8th
Chang - Walking
Fleck - "The Impostor," Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra with soloist Bela Fleck
Brahms - Symphony No. 1
Saturday, Aug 9th
Sibelius - Finlandia
Sibelius - Violin Concerto with soloist Augustin Hadelich
Dvorak - Symphony No. 9 "From The New World"
Friday, Aug 15th
Kander - Overture to Chicago
Weill - The Seven Deadly Sins, with soloist Storm Large
Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue, with soloist Julio Elizalde
Copland - Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo
Saturday, Aug 16th (Pops Concert)
The string trio Time For Three joins the Britt Orchestra for music of The Beatles, Bach, Vivaldi, John Williams and more.
Sunday, Aug 17th
Wagner - Overture to The Flying Dutchman
Weber - Die Drei Pintos
Bernstein - Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
Mahler - Symphony No. 1 "Titan"
Information on all of the classical concerts is available at www.brittfest.org