Willamette Professor John Doan. Photo by Neal Haugen
A Victorian Christmas with John Doan
"A Victorian Christmas With John Doan," a holiday tradition in its 24th season, comes to Willamette University on Friday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. in Hudson Hall within Rogers Music Center.
This festive seasonal program is a live version of his 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 remember and quite a few we have forgotten. The 20-string harp guitar, classical banjo and ukelin are but a few of the original instruments to be featured.
John Doan, a Willamette music professor and a touring and recording artist who has appeared on radio and television across the country, will play more than a dozen turn-of-the-century instruments once popular in American parlors, on vaudeville stages and in mandolin orchestras.
Doan explains their history in an entertaining and often zany fashion, shows slides of old catalogues and archival photographs and leads the audience by singing (or whistling) many of our most beloved American carols.
Advanced tickets are available at the Willamette Music Department or by phone at 503-370-6255.
The price is $15 for adults, and $10 for seniors age 65 and older, children and students under age 18. Tickets at the door are $18. Willamette students, faculty and staff may acquire free tickets up to one week prior to the event (tickets are limited).