When Michael Gordon was approached to compose his epic, inspirational work Natural History, he had one question to answer: If Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park were a symphony, what would it sound like? Conducted by Teddy Abrams and performed by the Britt Orchestra with members of the Klamath Tribe’s percussion group Steiger Butte Drum and Singers, Natural History stands tall as a celebration of the park’s natural wonders, as well as a conduit to the spiritual history of the surrounding community.
Directed by Anne Flatte, Symphony for Nature: The Britt Orchestra at Crater Lake documents the July 2016 premiere of Natural History. The film is airing on select PBS stations nationwide.
Commissioned by Britt Music & Arts Festival, in celebration of the centennial of the National Parks Service and Crater Lake National Park
Performed on August 20, 2016 at the Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville, Oregon
Recorded by George Relles Sound, Inc.
Mixed and mastered by Nathaniel Reichman