Victorian Christmas with John Doan
"A Victorian Christmas with John Doan," a holiday tradition in its 20th season, comes to Willamette University Sunday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. The concert, in Willamette's Smith Auditorium, re-enacts what it might have been like to celebrate Christmas a century ago.
"The show explores how Victorians invented many Christmas traditions we remember and quite a few we have forgotten," the Willamette associate professor of music said. "The aim is to recapture the feeling of a time before radio and TV when our ancestors provided most of their own musical entertainment at home, especially during 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. The 20-string harp guitar, classical banjo and ukelin are a few of the original instruments to be featured. Doan explains their history in an entertaining and often zany fashion, shows slides of old catalogs and archival photographs, and leads the audience by singing or whistling many of our most beloved American carols.
Doan is a touring and recording artist who has appeared on radio and television across the country. The festive Christmas program is a live version of Doan's Emmy-nominated Oregon Public Broadcasting television special.
Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and children under 12 and are available at Willamette's Music Department or by phone at 503-370-6255. Willamette University students, faculty and staff may acquire free tickets up to one week prior to the event, but tickets are limited. For more information see www.johndoan.com.