Britt 2010 Classical Festival

The 48th annual Classical Festival will be returning to the Britt Festivals' hillside in Jacksonville for three weeks in August, led by music director and conductor Peter Bay.

The Classical Festival, Aug. 6-22, will feature seven orchestral concerts, classical music spanning more than 150 years, renowned guest artists, a recital by the Arianna String Quartet, as well as performances by students from the Britt Institute String Quartet Academy.

More than 90 musicians from across the United States will form the 2010 Britt Festival Orchestra. Maestro Bay will lead the instrumentalists again this year for his 18th season.

The annual gala opening night concert on Friday, Aug. 6, will feature violinist Chee-Yun performing Camille Saint-Saëns' Violin Concerto No. 3 and Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5. The opening weekend also will include performances by pianist Jeffrey Biegel and the Arianna String Quartet with special guest pianist Alexander Tutunov.

The second weekend of the festival will open with performances by String Quartet Academy students and conducted by Bay. On Saturday, Aug. 13, harpist Nancy Allen will join the orchestra for a program by Latin composers. Pianist Emanuel Ax will play Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 the following day.

The festival's grand finale begins Friday, Aug. 20, when violinist Jennifer Frautschi joins the orchestra for a piece by Béla Bartók, and the orchestra performs Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2. The next day, the Enchantment Theatre Company will perform Sergei Prokofiev's Cinderella, and on the closing night, Jon Nakamatsu will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2.

For ticket information and a schedule for the 2010 Classical Festival, call 1-800-882-7488, 773-6077 or visit www.brittfest.org. Britt's complete 2010 schedule will be announced March 31.

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