“Symphony for Nature,” a documentary film that tells the story about the Britt Orchestra’s performance at Crater Lake in 2016, will be screened at the 2018 Ashland Independent Film Festival in April.
“Symphony” is being entered in film festivals around the country by the Britt Music & Arts Festival, which teamed with Crater Lake National Park to provide funding for the music that premiered along the lake rim at The Watchman Overlook.
“Symphony” is a 30-minute documentary co-produced by Owsley Brown Presents and Britt. It follows the process of creating and performing a large orchestral composition at Crater Lake. “Symphony” will be screened twice — 6 p.m. Thursday, April 12. and 6:40 p.m. Sunday, April 15 at the Ashland Street Cinema in Ashland. Tickets for the Ashland Independent Film Festival will be available beginning March 26.
The documentary originally aired on Southern Oregon Public Television in 2017 and has been aired by PBS stations across the nation in 2018.
Composer Michael Gordon’s orchestral work “Natural History” was commissioned by Britt to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. It was performed six times at the park — July 29 and 30 to a combined estimated audience of 2,500 people — under the direction of conductor Teddy Abrams. “Natural History” featured the Britt Orchestra, the Klamath Tribes’ Steiger Butte drummers plus auxiliary brass and percussion musicians.