'Natural History' a high note

(Medford) Mail Tribune video by Jamie Lusch



Photo by Jim Teece / Britt Festivals


The moods of Crater Lake, from the explosive sounds of its creation to the gentle stillness of a winter morning, were evoked in the world premiere of a musical composition called "Natural History."

That's how the Mail Tribune in Medford described the 25-minute piece by composer Michael Gordon performed July 29 and 30, 2016. Staged at the crater's edge, the performance featured the Britt Orchestra, a regional choir, the Chiloquin-based Steiger Butte Drum troupe and brass and percussion students from Southern Oregon University.

The Britt Music & Arts Festival commissioned the composition.

See coverage of the event:

Mail Tribune, Medford: Sounds of Crater Lake: The world premiere of Natural History evokes a sense of place

Herald & News, Klamath Falls: In concert with nature: Crater Lake symphony debuts; more offered today

KOBI-TV: Composition inspired by Crater Lake performed at the national park

KTVL-TV: Britt orchestra and Klamath Tribes combine for Crater Lake concert

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