Teddy's Discovery Tuesdays: Family Night

Tuesday, July 23

Britt FamilyNight











CAROLINE SHAW - The Mountain That Loved a Bird
SERGEI PROKOFIEV - Peter & the Wolf
Featuring Bruce Campbell - Narrator



BFO: Among the Trees | Third Coast Percussion

Friday, July 26












Program: Among the Trees with Third Coast Percussion

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART - The Magic Flute Overture
CHRISTOPHER CERRONE - (Britt co-commissioned work; title TBA)
JOHANNES BRAHMS - Symphony No. 3 in F Major

Guest Artist: Third Coast Percussion

Third Coast Percussion is a Grammy Award-winning, artist-run quartet of classically -trained percussionists hailing from the great city of Chicago. For over ten years, the ensemble has forged a unique path in the musical landscape with virtuosic, energetic performances that celebrate the extraordinary depth and breadth of musical possibilities in the world of percussion.
The ensemble has been praised for “commandingly elegant” (New York Times) performances, and the “rare power” (Washington Post) of their recordings. The four members of Third Coast are also accomplished teachers, and since 2013, have served as ensemble-in-residence at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Pre-concert talk:Begins in the Britt Performance Garden at 7:00 p.m.



BFO: Beethoven & Elgar | Oliver Herbert

Sunday, July 28












Program: Beethoven & Elgar - Oliver Herbert, cello

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN - Symphony No. 6 in F Major (Pastoral)
EDWARD ELGAR - Cello Concerto in E minor
Guest Artist: Oliver Herbert

Cellist Oliver Herbert, from San Francisco, is quickly building a reputation as an artist with a distinct voice and individual style--“From his opening notes it was immediately apparent that Herbert has a very vocal approach to his playing and regardless of the technical demands he makes his cello sing”. Performing a wide range of repertoire, Oliver’s recent solo and recital appearances include debuts with the San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony SoundBox, and the Dame Myra Hess Recital Series in Chicago, among others. 
Oliver has worked with renowned conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Juanjo Mena, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. As a chamber musician, Oliver has performed with some of the leading musicians of our time including Shmuel Ashkenasi, Franklin Cohen, Pamela Frank, Miriam Fried, Nobuko Imai, and Meng-Chieh Liu. In addition, Oliver frequently collaborates with pianist Xiaohui Yang as a recital duo. This season, they will perform on tour in both the United States and Greece.

Oliver is frequently invited to participate in music festivals including the Caramoor Festival, ChamberFest Cleveland, Krzyzowa Music, Music in the Vineyards, Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove, the Ravinia Festival Steans Music Institute, and the Verbier Festival Academy. In addition to being a fellow at the Ravinia Festival, Oliver was also invited to perform on a tour with renowned violinist Miriam Fried, the festival’s director. At the 2017 Verbier Festival, Oliver was awarded the Prix Jean-Nicolas Firmenich.

Oliver’s most recent competition awards include a top prize and special prize in the XI Witold Lutoslawski International Cello Competition in 2018, first prize and Pablo Casals prize in the 2015 Irving M. Klein International String Competition, and a top prize in the 2015 Stulberg International String Competition. 

Oliver currently is under the tutelage of Carter Brey and Peter Wiley at the Curtis Institute of Music. Before starting his studies at Curtis, Oliver was a student of Clive Greensmith at the Colburn School. He currently plays on a 1769 Guadagnini cello that belonged to the great Italian cellist Antonio Janigro, on generous loan from the Janigro family.


Pre-concert talk: Begins in the Britt Performance Garden at 7:00 p.m.



Teddy's Discovery Tuesdays: Community Night

Tuesday, July 30












Program: Community Night


The BFO will be joined by local musicians in an informal performance of Terry Riley’s seminal minimalist work. This composition of 53 short musical phrases can be played differently each time, resulting in unique musical experiences of different durations.


No Pre-Concert Talk




BFO: Rachmaninoff & Sebelius | George Li

Friday, August 2












Program: Rachmaninoff & Sibelius | George Li - George Li, piano

SERGEI RACHMANINOFF - Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor
JEAN SIBELIUS - Symphony No. 2 in D Major
Guest Artist: George Li, piano

Praised by the Washington Post for combining “staggering technical prowess, a sense of command and depth of expression,” pianist George Li possesses an effortless grace, brilliant virtuosity and poised authority far beyond his years. Since winning the Silver Medal at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, Li has rapidly established a major international reputation and performs regularly with some of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors such as Gergiev, Dudamel, Honeck, Petrenko, Tilson Thomas and Long Yu.

Recent and upcoming concerto highlights include performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, DSO Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon, Sydney Symphony and St Petersburg Philharmonic. In 2018/19, Li makes his debut with the London Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Tokyo Symphony and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, embarks on a 11-city recital tour of China and is the soloist on the Russian National Orchestra’s major US tour with Mikhail Pletnev. He frequently appears with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, including performances at the Paris Philharmonie, Luxembourg Philharmonie, New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music, Graffenegg Festival and in various venues throughout Russia.

In recital, Li performs at venues including Carnegie Hall, Davies Hall in San Francisco, the Mariinsky Theatre, Munich’s Gasteig, the Louvre, Seoul Arts Center, Tokyo’s Asahi Hall and Musashino Hall, NCPA Beijing, Shanghai Poly Theater and Amici della Musica Firenze, as well as appearances at major festivals including the Edinburgh International Festival, Ravinia Festival, Festival de Pâques in Aix-en-Provence Festival, and Montreux Festival.

An active chamber musician, Li has performed alongside James Ehnes, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Benjamin Beilman, Kian Soltani, Pablo Ferrandez and Daniel Lozakovich and future plans include collaborations with Daniel Hope, Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Lawrence Power. Li is an exclusive Warner Classics recording artist, with his debut recital album released in October 2017 which was recorded live from the Mariinsky.

Li gave his first public performance at Boston’s Steinway Hall at the age of ten and in 2011, performed for President Obama at the White House in an evening honoring Chancellor Angela Merkel. Among Li’s many prizes, he was the recipient of the 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, a recipient of the 2012 Gilmore Young Artist Award, and the First Prize winner of the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. In summer 2018, Li graduated from the Harvard University / New England Conservatory joint program, where he studied with Wha Kyung Byun.


Pre-concert talk: Begins in the Britt Performance Garden at 7:00 p.m.



BFO: The Rising Seas

Sunday, August 4












Program: The Rising Seas



Pre-concert talk: Begins in the Britt Performance Garden at 7:00 p.m.



Teddy's Discovery Tuesdays: Pops Night Featuring Morgan James

Tuesday, August 6












Program: Pops Night featuring singer Morgan James

A program of George Gershwin’s most popular tunes, including a performance of Rhapsody in Blue by our very own Teddy Abrams.


No Pre-Concert Talk



BFO: Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto | Augustin Hadelich

Friday, August 9












Program: Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto - Augustin Hadelich, violin

CLAUDE DEBUSSY - Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
LILI BOULANGER - D'un matin de printemps (One Spring Morning)
ANNA CLYNE - Abstractions
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY - Violin Concerto in D Major
Guest Artist: Augustin Hadelich, violin

Augustin Hadelich has firmly established himself as one of the great violinists of today. Showcasing a wide-ranging and adventurous repertoire, he is consistently cited for his phenomenal technique, soulful approach, and beauty of tone. He has performed with every major orchestra in the U.S., as well as an ever-growing number of orchestras around the world, including the Bavarian Radio Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Danish National Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, NHK Symphony (Tokyo), Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, and the radio orchestras of Frankfurt, Saarbru?cken, Stuttgart and Cologne.

Mr. Hadelich is the winner of a 2016 Grammy Award for his recording of Dutilleux’s Violin Concerto with the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot. Other releases include Paganini’s 24 Caprices for Warner Classics, Tchaikovsky and Lalo Concertos with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO Live), Sibelius and Ade's Concertos with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Hannu Lintu (AVIE), which was nominated for a Gramophone Award, and Mendelssohn and Bartok Concertos with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Miguel Harth-Bedoya (AVIE).

Augustin Hadelich’s career took off when he won the Gold Medal at the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Since then, he has garnered an impressive list of honors, including a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in the UK (2011), the inaugural Warner Music Prize (2015) and Musical America’s “2018 Instrumentalist of the Year.”

Mr. Hadelich plays the 1723 “Ex-Kiesewetter” Stradivari violin, on loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.


Pre-concert talk: Begins in the Britt Performance Garden at 7:00 p.m.



BFO: BFO Spectacular!

Sunday, August 11












Program: Battleship Potemkin

A new score to the silent film Battleship Potemkin, featuring some of the greatest moments in classical music, including Bach, Beethoven, Berlioz, Debussy, Janacek, Mahler, Holst, and more. The film will be screened with live orchestra!

Pre-concert talk: Begins in the Britt Performance Garden at 7:00 p.m.



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