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Britt lays out 2008 classical lineup

A tribute to Hollywood, a Japanese violinist and an evening celebrating America are planned as part of the Britt Festivals' 2008 classical season.

The lineup, announced today, will run Aug. 1-17, sandwiched between the larger festival that spans June-September. Tickets run $25-$49 for most of the classical shows.

The opening weekend includes pianist Ingrid Fliter performing Chopin and excerpts from Prokofiev's ballet Romeo & Juliet, then British trumpet phenomenon Alison Balsom, Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, the Britt horn section playing Schumann's ConcertstÃ1/4ck, and a chance to hear the percussion players in a piece based on Haitian rhythms.

During the middle weekend, Friday and Saturday night performances will feature film music and music of film composers from Hollywood's heyday. The orchestra will be joined by four guest artists including violinist Jaime Laredo and his wife, cellist Sharon Robinson.

Violinist Midori, who performs more than 100 concerts annually and operates Midori & Friends and Music Sharing, a children's education group, performs on the hill in Jacksonville on Friday, Aug. 15. The following night, Magic Circle Mime Company returns to Britt with a new program, "The Orchestra from Planet X," in Britt's annual family concert. Tickets for the family concert run $9-$27.

The final evening of the 2008 Classical Festival is a chance to wave the flag and celebrate America through some of its music. From music inspired by "The Star-Spangled Banner" to quotes from Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, to Gershwin's audacious Concerto in F played by pianist Jon Kimura Parker, this concert celebrates America's national musical character.

Tickets for the 2008 Classical Festival go on sale to Britt members on Dec. 3 with discounts of $2 off each ticket until Feb. 15.

Britt's full season, which runs from early June to mid-September, will be announced March 19.

— Staff reports