Victorian Christmas at Willamette University

"A Victorian Christmas With John Doan," a holiday tradition in its 17th season, comes to Salem, Sunday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. in Hudson Hall at Willamette University.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children under 12. Free tickets are available to Willamette University students, faculty and staff with Willamette ID up to a week in advance. For more information and phone reservations call (503) 370-6255.

This festive seasonal program is a live version of Doan's Emmy nominated Public Broadcasting television special which re-enacts what it might have been like to celebrate Christmas a century ago. The show explores how the Victorians invented many Christmas traditions we celebrate today. The 20-string harp guitar, classical banjo and ukelin are a few of the original instruments to be featured. . The program hopes to recapture the feeling of a time before radio and TV when our ancestors provided most of their own musical home entertainment, especially at the holidays. Doan will play more than a dozen turn-of-the-century instruments once popular in American parlors, on vaudeville stages, and in mandolin orchestras. He will explain their history, show slides of old catalogues and archival photographs and lead the audience by singing (or whistling) many of our most beloved American carols.

Doan, an associate professor of music at Willamette University, has performed on Oregon Public Radio and on PBS. His recording, "Eire - Isle of the Saints," was voted Best Celtic Album of the Year by the NAV Music Awards.