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Britt Institute shows start tonight

Fundraising for scholarships comes full circle as the Britt Institute teams up with Eden Valley Orchards for a new $10 concert series starting tonight.

"What we've done is booked alumni, students and faculty to bring attention to the depth of talent of the institute," said Joelle Graves, education director of the Britt Institute.

Kicking off the series will be Duo Flamenco, featuring music with a southern Spain flavor by Grant Ruiz on guitar and vocals and Terry Longshore on cajon, percussion and vocals. They will play from 6 to 9 p.m. at Eden Valley Orchards, 2310 Voorhies Road, Medford. Cost is $10 at the door.

Performances will be held on most Tuesdays throughout the summer.

The series is an expansion of Jazz in the Garden, held for the last six years at the Eden Valley Orchards' formal garden with at least one Britt Institute performer each year, said Bethany Brown, Eden Valley Orchards' event manager.

On July 7, New West, featuring John Storie, Perry Smith and Brady Cohan, will perform original music combining jazz with elements of blues, rock and folk.

Other highlights include the Arianna String Quartet, a national touring group and faculty quartet-in-residence at Britt, on Aug. 4, and Gabe Young, 13, an Ashland saxophonist, on Aug. 18.

"The attendance has been great. We're hoping to increase every year how many performers we partner with," Brown said.

Eden Valley Orchards will sell wine by the glass and bottle, beer, other beverages and appetizer plates.

A complete list of performances can be found at brittfest.org and edenvalleyorchards.com.

Dawn Hatchard is a freelance writer living in Gold Hill. Reach her at dhatchard@gmail.com.