Christmas Unplugged: Reclaiming the Holiday Spirit

December 8, 2013

Have you ever wondered what leisure time was like before people were entertained by their iphone G5, HDTV, DVD, CD, DVR, MP3, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 to name a few electronic devices in common use today? To find out how you too can reconnect with the joy of the season come experience “Christmas Unplugged – Reclaiming the Holiday Spirit” as John Doan transforms Willamette University's Hudson Hall at 7:00PM into a time machine that will transport the audience back to a parlor of a century ago with thoughtful and sometimes zany performances that include audience sing-alongs and whistle-alongs.

This festive program, in its 27th year, is a live version of his Emmy-Nominated special “A Victorian Christmas” (seen nationally on PBS) featuring dozens of authentic instruments that include harp guitar, classical banjo, ukelin, an early roller organ, an Edison phonograph and a multi-media presentation of rare archival photos of people caught in the act of making their own music while spending time together.

Doan is an associate professor of music on the faculty of Willamette University and a touring and recording artist who has appeared on radio and television across the country.

Beginning Nov. 12, advanced tickets will be available at the Music Department or by phone at $15 for adults ($18 at the door) and $10 for seniors, children and students younger than 18 ($13 at the door). Willamette University students, faculty, and staff may acquire free tickets up to one week prior to the event (tickets are limited). Willamette University is located at 900 State St., downtown Salem, Oregon (97301). For more information and phone reservations call (503) 370-6255.

For more information and phone reservations call the Willamette Music Office at 503-370-6255. You may also visit

"John Doan reminds us, in a way that is funny, musical, and touching, how we might find something we've lost from our homes and hearts." — Focus Magazine

"John Doan breathes new life into old carols and evokes the nostalgic, mystical side of Christmas." — Billboard Magazine

Ticket Information

Advanced tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for seniors 65 and older, children and students younger than 18. They are available beginning Nov. 12 at the Music Department or by calling 503-370-6255.

Willamette University students, faculty and staff may acquire a limited number of free tickets through Monday, Dec 2.

At the door, tickets cost $18 for adults and $13 for seniors, students and children.