This year celebrates the 26th annual tour of John Doan’s Victorian Christmas Concert. This year’s tour includes Oregon, California, and Arizona. Tickets sell out fast, so get yours now.
The festive concert 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 Victorians invented many Christmas traditions we remember and quite a few we have forgotten,” said the Willamette music professor. “The 20-string harp guitar, classical banjo and ukelin are just a few of the original instruments that will be featured. 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 plays more than a dozen turn-of-the-century instruments once popular in American parlors, on vaudeville stages and in mandolin orchestras. He explains their history in a entertaining and often zany fashion, shows slides of old catalogues and archival photographs, and leads the audience in singing (or whistling) many of our most beloved carols. John will include several arrangements from his CD, “Wrapped in White: Visions of Christmas Past.”
The Tour Schedule
11/30/12, Willamette University, Hudson Hall, Salem, Oregon
8:00pm. Price: Advanced tickets are available at the Music Department or by phone at $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for Seniors, children and students under 18. Tickets at the door are $18.00. Willamette University students, faculty, and staff may acquire free tickets up . All Ages.
12/01/12, Living Way Fellowship, Sandy, Oregon
8:00pm. All Ages.
12/02/12, 1st Christian Church of Silverton, Silverton, OR
4:00pm. Price: $15. All Ages. Box office: (503) 873-6620.
This is the first time this show has been presented in Silverton.
12/08/12, Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon
7:30pm. Price: $22.00. All Ages. Buy tickets. Box office: 503-352-2918.
The Concert is presented in the Taylor Meade Performing Arts Center located on the southeast corner of the Forest Grove campus (near Pacific Ave & Cedar Street).
12/09/12, St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Manzanita, OR
7:00pm. Price: $15 for adults and $10 for students. All Ages. Box office: At Door.
12/13/12, Newman United Methodist Church, Grants Pass, OR
7:00pm. Price: $12 for adults and $10 for students. All Ages. Box office: At the door.
12/14/12, The Strum Shop, Roseville, CA
7:00pm. Price: $20 at the door. All Ages. Box office: (916) 787-8786. The Strum Shop is a great place to come for all things music. This will be an intimate concert in a setting lined with musical instruments and shoulder to shoulder people singing and celebrating this special Holiday Season.
12/15/12, Pleasant Valley Senior Center, Camarillo, California
8:00pm. Price: $15. All Ages. Presented by the Ventura Guitar Society. This is a rare chance to be up close to century old guitars, harp guitars, banjos, and zithers as John takes you back to a time when people actually entertained themselves before machines did that for u
12/16/12, Episcopal Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Placentia, CA
7:00pm. Price: $15 suggested donation for adults and $10 for seniors and children under 18 years of age.. All Ages. Box office: (714) 528-2995. This will be a return performance after many years. The Church sanctuary is quite lovely and the people there are some of the most friendly you will find anywhere. The evening should be a load of fun for all.
12/21/12, Trinity Presbyterian, Prescott, AZ, United States
8:00pm. Price: $15.00. All Ages. Buy tickets. The festive concert presented by The Folk Sessions and Chaparral Music. Don’t miss the experience of this memorable concert in Prescott.
12/22/12, Old Town Center for The Arts, Cottonwood, Arizona
7:00pm. Price: $15 adv, $18 door, $20 priority. All Ages. Buy tickets. Box office: (928) 634-0940.
12/23/12, Higley Center for the Performing Arts, Gilbert, Arizona
6:00pm. Price: Adult $24.00, Seniors and Children $22.00. All Ages. Buy tickets. Presented by the HCPA and AMAZ Radio.