Christmas Unplugged: Reclaiming the Holiday Spirit with John Doan this Weekend at the Newport Performing Arts Center
The Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean presents Emmy nominee and master harp guitarist John Doan with his Christmas Unplugged stage performance this Saturday evening at 7:30pm and Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm at the Performing Arts Center in Newport.
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. Billboard Magazine says “John Doan breathes new life into old carols and evokes the nostalgic, mystical side of Christmas.”
“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.”
Doan is a touring and recording artist who has appeared on radio and television across the country, including the PBS special, “A Christmas To Remember With John Doan” and the Emmy-nominated Oregon Public Broadcasting special, “A Victorian Christmas With John Doan.” Doan is an Associate Professor of Music at Willamette University in Salem.
Please note that the Newport Symphony Orchestra does not appear in this performance and there is no pre-concert talk.
Tickets are on sale at the Performing Arts Center box office, by calling 541-265-2787 or online at NewportSymphony.org. The Center is located at 777 West Olive in Newport.
The Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean presenting sponsor for the 2017-18 season is Georgia-Pacific.