Salem, Oregon — 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 come experience “A Victorian Christmas” as John Doan transforms Willamette University’s Hudson Hall on Friday, November 30th at 8:00 p.m. 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 26th year is a live version of his Emmy-Nominated Public Broadcasting television special 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.
Advanced tickets are available at the Music Department or by phone at $15.00 for adults ($18 at the door) and $10.00 for Seniors, children and students under 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 Street in downtown Salem, Oregon. For more information and phone reservations call (503) 370-6255.
John Doan is an Associate Professor of Music on the faculty of Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.
For more information go to www.johndoan.com.
“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.”
“John Doan breathes new life into old carols and evokes the nostalgic, mystical side of Christmas.” Billboard Magazine