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Symphony for Nature – Emmy-Nominated Documentary from Owsley Brown Presents – Airs Nationally on PBS from New Year’s Day

Co-produced by Owsley Brown Presents and the Britt Music and Arts Festival, Symphony for Nature: The Britt Orchestra at Crater Lake was nominated last spring for two regional Emmys by the Northwest National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). Now the documentary will air nationally on PBS stations across the country, beginning on New Year’s Day, with an encore broadcast on January 4, immediately after the popular annual program From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration. Airtimes on New Year’s Day will be 10:30pm ET in top markets including New York (WNET), Philadelphia (WHYY), Dallas (KERA), Washington, D.C. (WETA), San Francisco (KQED), Atlanta (GPB), and Boston (KHPTV), as well as many smaller markets nationwide. Additional broadcasts on and between January 1 and January 4 will bring the program to a total of more than 81% of U.S. households. For an updated list of markets and projected airdates (subject to change), click here.

Symphony for Nature chronicles the world premiere performance of Natural History by composer and Bang on a Can co-founder Michael Gordon. This once-in-a-lifetime event took place in summer 2016 at Oregon’s breathtaking Crater Lake, a site sacred to the local Klamath Tribes. It was the lake that inspired Gordon’s work, a Britt Music & Arts Festival commission to mark the centennial of America’s National Park Service. Under the galvanizing leadership of Britt Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams, Natural History’s first performance not only featured the 40 members of the orchestra, a 70-voice choir, and 30 brass players and percussionists, but also a Klamath family drum group known as the Steiger Butte Singers, with several members of the Klamath Tribal Council in attendance.

Symphony for Nature has been seen at film festivals across the country, and has aired previously on several PBS stations across the U.S. Directed by Anne Flatté, Symphony for Nature first aired last fall on Southern Oregon Public Television (SOPTV) and is widely available for streaming with PBS’s Passport program. A preview in the Washington Post noted: “The film offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how history, science and culture come together in a musical piece that manages the seemingly impossible: giving voice to a body of water.

Additionally, Cantaloupe released a recording in January 2018 of the complete world-premiere performance of Michael Gordon’s Natural History (available on digital platforms including Spotify and Apple Music).

Click here to watch the video trailer for Symphony for Nature: The Britt Orchestra at Crater Lake.

About Owsley Brown Presents

Owsley Brown Presents (OBP) is an independent motion picture production company that produces original contemporary media works with an emphasis on artistic integrity and creative exploration. OBP productions include award-winning, feature-length documentaries that have enjoyed distribution at film festivals, as well as theatrical and broadcast television release worldwide. OBP also develops and produces creative programming for distribution on the worldwide web and other digital platforms. Filmmaker Anne Flatté has produced, directed and edited many independent documentaries, and has focused on music-related subjects over the past 15 years. She is director/producer of the original web series Music Makes A City Now, and producer of Serenade for Haiti (Serenad pou Ayiti), directed by Owsley Brown.

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Symphony for Nature: The Britt Orchestra at Crater Lake

Director: Anne Flatté
Executive Producer: Owsley Brown
Presenting Public Television Station: Southern Oregon Public Television
A coproduction of Owsley Brown Presents and Britt Music & Arts Festival
Broadcast date: TBD by local PBS station; check local listings here
Running time: 27 minutes


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