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A Victorian Christmas With John Doan

John Doan"A Victorian Christmas With John Doan," a holiday tradition in its 18th season, comes to Salem, Sunday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. in Hudson Hall in the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center at Willamette University.

Advanced tickets are at the Music Department are $10 for adults and $8 for children and seniors under 12. Tickets at the door are $12 for adults and $10 for children and seniors. Willamette University students, faculty, and staff may acquire free tickets up to one week prior to the event. For more information and phone reservations call (503) 370-6255.

This 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 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.

The aim of this concert is 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. During the concert, Doan plays more than a dozen turn-of-the-century instruments once popular in American parlors, on vaudeville stages, and in mandolin orchestras.

Doan is a touring and recording artist who has appeared on radio and television across the country including his own specials, "A Christmas To Remember With John Doan" (as seen on PBS) and his Emmy nominated Oregon Public Broadcasting, "A Victorian Christmas With John Doan."

For more information, contact John Doan at his website at www.johndoan.com.

11-01-2004