Memorial set for Britt founder John Trudeau

A memorial celebration for Britt Festivals' founder and conductor emeritus John Trudeau is planned for March 8 at Hoffman Hall at Portland State University, where Trudeau taught for 32 years. The service is open to the public. Trudeau died peacefully at his home in Portland Nov. 3, at age 81. A private funeral was held in November.

Trudeau was the associate conductor of the Portland Symphony Orchestra (now the Oregon Symphony) when he began his work at Britt. His teaching tenure at Portland State University included appointments as chairman of the Music Department and dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts.

Trudeau traveled to Jacksonville for the first time in 1962, and with the help of many established Britt as the Northwest's first outdoor summer music festival. Trudeau served as conductor of the Britt Festival Orchestra for its first 25 years, conducting 343 concerts.

As conductor emeritus, Trudeau returned to guest conduct at Britt on occasion, with his most recent appearance in 2002. Current music director and conductor Peter Bay is dedicating the 2009 Classical Festival to Trudeau.

Memorial gifts to Britt honoring the legacy of John Trudeau will be placed in a special "Founder's Fund" as part of the Britt Classical Festival Endowment. For more information, contact Britt at 779-0847.

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