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Britt Festival Orchestra hires new GM, shifts 2022 season dates

The Britt Festival Orchestra performs on the Jacksonville hillside. Facebook photo
Renia Shterenberg is the new general manager of the Britt Festival Orchestra. Courtesy photo.

The Britt Festival Orchestra has hired a new general manager for the 60th anniversary season of the Britt Music & Arts Festival, and the orchestra is moving its storied and popular music to new dates in 2022.

Following a national search, BFO will welcome Renia Shterenberg as its new GM. Shterenberg, who performed as a violinist for BFO from 2004 through 2011, has most recently been working in the world of arts administration in San Antonio, Texas, where she has been the executive director of the Olmos Ensemble, a growing and successful chamber music group based there.

“Having performed in the Britt Festival Orchestra for eight years, I have always admired and appreciated the high-quality performances of orchestral music that Britt Festivals brings to the community during the three-week orchestra festival. I am excited to once again be a part of the Britt family,” Shterenberg said.

The BFO also announced that its 2022 season will be held June 17 through July 3, five weeks earlier than it has been historically held. This change is being made in response to many successive years of wildfire smoke brought on by climate change, the orchestra said in a press release.

Following several moves to the North Medford High School auditorium and other locations, plus concert cancellations during several BFO seasons because of unhealthy wildfire smoke, the Britt Board of Directors and BFO have decided to move the orchestra season earlier in the summer, when wildfire smoke does not normally impact outdoor concerts. “This move will ensure the safety of orchestra members, staff, patrons, and volunteers,” the press release stated.

Music Director Teddy Abrams and the orchestra are preparing for the new season, and the full BFO concert program will be announced in early 2022.

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