Christmas Unplugged: Reclaiming the Holiday Spirit with John Doan

Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018

Willamette University presents Emmy-nominated musician and storyteller John Doan with his acclaimed “Christmas Unplugged — Reclaiming the Holiday Spirit” program at Hudson Concert Hall located on campus at 900 State St. at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. Advanced tickets are available at the Music Department in the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center, or charge-by-phone at 503-370-6255. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors, children and students under 18. Tickets at the door are $18. Willamette University students, faculty and staff may acquire one free ticket up to one week prior to the event. Also visit for photos and a video of this program.

Imagine stepping into a time machine with Dr. Who to experience the world when people actually entertained themselves and each other. That is what it may feel like entering the performance site that has been transformed into a period parlor. The immersion experience is heightened by group sing-alongs and whistle-alongs, archival photographs and by hearing the very sounds of a century ago on period instruments common then (harp guitar, classical banjo, various zithers) but rarely if ever heard today. Emmy-nominated for “Best Entertainment Special of the Year” John’s physical comedy interspersed with fine musicianship makes for a fun-filled evening for all ages.

“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

Doan is an international touring and recording artist who has appeared on radio and television across the country, including his Emmy-nominated Oregon Public Broadcasting special (seen on PBS) “A Victorian Christmas With John Doan.”  He recently was given the International Brand Laureate Award for “World’s Leading Harp Guitarist.”  He has performed with a diverse range of artists including Donovan, Burl Ives, Mason Williams, as a member of the New Christy Minstrels, among others and his virtuoso playing and arranging has attracted praise from no less guitar luminaries than Chet Atkins and Doc Watson. Doan is an Associate Professor of Music at Willamette University.

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

Ticket Information

Tickets can be purchased starting November 5th. They can be purchased:

  • In person at the music office in the Rogers Music Center, Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m
  • Charged by phone at 503-370-6255, Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m
  • Our new music webstore, 24 hours a day! Use the following link to navigate to the webstore

Music Webstore

Advanced tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for seniors 65 and older, children and students younger than 18.

Willamette University students, faculty and staff may acquire a limited number of free tickets up to one week prior to the event.

At the door, tickets cost $18.

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