John Doan Victorian Christmas Concert
Nov. 30, 2012
Celebrating its 26th season at Willamette, the “John Doan Victorian Christmas Concert,” promises an evening of old fashioned holiday fun Nov. 30.
The event begins at 8 p.m. in Hudson Hall within the Rogers Music Center. It features a live version of Doan’s Emmy-nominated Public Broadcasting television special, which reenacts how Americans may have celebrated Christmas a century ago.
The show explores how the Victorians invented Christmas traditions, complete with the harp guitar, classical banjo, ukelin and other authentic instruments. The thoughtful, and often zany, performance includes audience sing-alongs and whistle alongs, an Edison phonograph and a multi-media presentation of rare archival photos showing people making their own music.
Doan is a Willamette music professor and a touring and recording artist who has appeared on radio and television across the country. He will play more than a dozen turn-of-the century instruments once popular in American parlors, on vaudeville stages and in mandolin orchestras.
Advanced tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for seniors 65 and older, children and students younger than 18. They are available beginning Nov. 5 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 Nov. 26.
At the door, tickets cost $18 for adults and $13 for seniors, students and children.