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EUGENE, OREGON

Oregon Festival of American Music 2015 – “Makin’ Whoopee! Reflections on the Jazz Age”

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Itinerary for Aug 5 — Aug 11, 2013

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Day One: Monday, August 05 - 3PM Check-in at your hotel; dinner at The Shedd a...
3PM Check-in at your hotel; dinner at The Shedd at 6pm; and orientation with Shedd Founder and Director of Education, Ginevra Ralph, will follow.

Afternoon: Check in to hotel beginning at 3pm. Your welcome folder and schedule will be at the front desk. At 5:30 pm we will begin van shuttle service to The Shedd for dinner, followed by an Orientation and shuttles back to the hotel. If you prefer to walk to The Shedd, turn right out of the driveway. Walk 2 blocks to High Street and turn right. Continue 2.5 blocks until you see the Shedd at 868 High Street and enter through the bank of white doors.

Dinner: 6 pm -- Dinners are held in the Great Hall at The Shedd. Wine and beer are available for purchase.

Evening: Ginevra Ralph, Director of Education and co-founder of The Shedd Institute and Oregon Festival of American Music will greet you and give you an overview of the week's events and final schedules. Ginevra will also present a short history of The Shedd Institute’s year-round music programming and educational activities, and of how the organization has turned this 65,000 sq. ft. former church into a premier concert hall and the “acres” of classrooms for a community music institute.

Lodging: Campus Inn or Hilton Eugene or Inn at the 5th

Meals Included: Dinner
Day Two: Tuesday, August 06 - Today will have faculty presentations and/or film...
Today will have faculty presentations and/or films and sessions with festival artists. Regular shuttle service during the day back to the hotel is scheduled and may be available upon request in between departures. Tonight you will attend the festival's Opening Concert.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast is in the Great Hall at The Shedd. Shuttles from the hotel to The Shedd will be available.

Morning: Lectures, workshops, sessions with festival artists.

Lunch: Buffet lunch in the Great Hall at The Shedd.

Afternoon: The Shedd will provide shuttles in the afternoon to return to the hotel and The Shedd for free time and dinner.

Afternoon: Backstage tour at the Hult Center or tour of the Wayne Morse Federal Courthouse, designed by Pritzker Award winning architect Tom Mayne. We will also have at least one faculty lecture.

Dinner: 6 pm -- Dinners are held in the Great Hall at The Shedd. Wine and beer are available for purchase.

Evening: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy: Start Off Swinging On August 21, 1935 at Los Angeles' Palomar Ballroom, at the end of a less-than-successful tour, the Benny Goodman Orchestra decided to give it one last best shot and let loose with an extraordinarily hot set to a room full of West Coast youngsters, and the Swing Era was born. Obviously swing had been developing among African American bands for years in the east, and Goodman and company had been playing it themselves regularly (but late at night) on the east coast radio show Let's Dance, as were other early-'30s dance bands. But on that legendary night, which was broadcast live across the nation at a much earlier time than the band's Let's Dance segments had been airing, Swing captured the American mainstream...and held on tight for a solid decade after. For OFAM 2013's gala opener, Ken Peplowski and his core unit join up with Jesse Cloninger and the Emerald City Jazz Kings (fronted by a vocal team that includes Shirley Andress, Vicki Brabham and Evynne Hollens) to celebrate Hollywood's embrace of Swing with a host of movies (otherwise seldom memorable) which recorded for posterity many great moments by the likes of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, and Artie Shaw, as well as some unbelievable dance sequences and simply fabulous vocals...most notably by the nonpareil Andrews Sisters. Look for such classic numbers as "In The Mood", "I Gotta Gal In Kalamazoo", "Chattanooga Choo Choo", "Hold Tight", "Traffic Jam", "One O'Clock Jump", "Sing Sing Sing" and, of course, "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"!

Lodging: Campus Inn or Hilton Eugene or Inn at the 5th

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Three: Wednesday, August 07 - Depending on the final festival schedule, we plan...
Depending on the final festival schedule, we plan today to go to the University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art or the Museum of Natural and Cultural History in addition to this afternoon's and tonight's concerts.

Breakfast: At the Shedd. Shuttle available.

Morning: We will have a morning lecture, followed by a trip to the University of Oregon. A Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art educational guide will lead us through the current changing exhibition and provide insights into the extensive Asian and contemporary NW permanent collections. Depending on their programming TBA, an alternate option would be to go to the UO's Museum of Natural and Cultural History.

Lunch: 6 pm -- Dinners are held in the Great Hall at The Shedd. Wine and beer are available for purchase.

Afternoon: The Shedd will provide shuttles in the afternoon to return to the hotel and The Shedd for free time and dinner.

Afternoon: 2pm Matinee Concert: Thanks for the Memory: The Comedies No survey of the early years of the Songbook in Hollywood would be complete without a romp through the period's myriad comedies, all of which are filled with, yes indeed, lots of tongue and cheek jokes and just as many fine songs. Ken's not sure the gang's going to be able to help themselves from letting 'er rip on some old fashioned gags, but he promises enough great music to make up for it. Look for gems from the catalogs of the Marx Brothers, Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy, Mae West, Bob Hope, and a special focus on those crazy Road To... pictures of Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour! 5pm Optional Public Lecture by OFAM guest lecturer.

Dinner: At the Shedd.

Evening: 8 pm Evening concert: Smile: Hollywood Gems This evening is dedicated to songs from 1930s to early '40s Hollywood that have withstood the test of the intervening 70 years and have an established place in the standard repertoire of jazz and popular artists today. Look for songs by Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg, Jimmy Van Heussen, Charlie Chaplin, Johnny Burke, and other exceptional but less-well-known songwriters of the 1930s and '40s who were nonetheless responsible for gold standards like "I Only Have Eyes For You", "Smile", "Blue Moon", "There Will Never Be Another You", "Hooray For Hollywood", "Over The Rainbow", and "Time After Time". The evening features vocalists Siri Vik and Clairdee. Shuttles will be available to transport to hotel following the performance.

Lodging: Campus Inn or Hilton Eugene or Inn at the 5th

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Thursday, August 08 - Presentations, films, an optional matinee concert...
Presentations, films, an optional matinee concert and the popular, optional, evening "jazz party" will pack the day.

Breakfast: At the Shedd. Shuttle is available.

Morning: Lectures, workshops, sessions with festival artists.

Lunch: At the Shedd.

Afternoon: 2:00pm Matinee Concert As Time Goes By: The Music of Casablanca There are so many superb examples of Hollywood do this well that it's hard to know where to begin. So we offer you one of the classics -- Warner Brothers' legendary 1942 romantic drama Casablanca. Everyone knows "As Time Goes By" and can't really hear the melody without picturing a dewy-eyed Ingrid Bergman. Possibly as many can vaguely recall the showdown between the Nazi occupiers and French citizens at Rick's Cafe to the competing strains of "Die Vacht am Rhein" and "La Marseillaise". What most of us don't realize is that Max Steiner's superb score features, beyond his own highly effective composing, a total of 20 popular songs, embedded in the underscoring and foregrounded in the scenic fabric of pre-occupation Paris and Rick's Place in northern Africa. Ken and company offer up 15 of these songs, featuring Siri Vik, Byron Stripling, Bill Hulings and Ian Whitcomb. 5pm Public Festival Lecture by OFAM guest speaker.

Afternoon: The Shedd will provide shuttles in the afternoon to return to the hotel and The Shedd for free time and dinner.

Dinner: At the Shedd.

Evening: 8pm Tonight's concert is a cabaret style "jazz party" in The Shedd's Jaqua Concert Hall. Body and Soul: Jazz Party at the Movies The 2013 OFAM jazz party goes to the movies with an evening of small group standards-based jazz that draws exclusively from classic songs written for movies in the 1930s and early '40s or being interpolated into them. As usual, Ken and company will deliver everything from solos to group jams, with Clairdee and Byron on vocals. The format for the evening will be our usual jazz party: top-ticketed cabaret seating down front of the 21 main floor, and reserved seating for all ages up in the balcony, with a full bar in the Tykeson Lobby. We get going at 7 pm--an hour earlier than the Festival's other evening concerts. While dressing up is not required, in the spirit of the event we encourage it for those who opt for the Gold Circle cabaret seating (especially if you go period!). So Ken has put together a huge list (available here online and in the program at the party) and the evening’s program will be shaped by audience requests. Be prepared for a relaxed evening featuring some of the best standards-based jazz anywhere...with plenty of fine vocals. Note: This concert is not included in the Road Scholar ticket package and must be purchased separately if you want to attend (subject to change and expanded details and concert personnel tba). Main floor seating includes cafe tables and a full bar.

Lodging: Campus Inn or Hilton Eugene or Inn at the 5th

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five: Friday, August 09 - Today features an optional matinee concert, along...
Today features an optional matinee concert, along with classes and an optional concert in the evening.

Breakfast: At the Shedd. Shuttle is available.

Morning: Lectures, workshops, sessions with festival artists. Preview of evening performance.

Lunch: At the Shedd.

Afternoon: 2pm, matinee. Matinee Concert: I Love to Singa: Tunes & Toons Like every other genre in the motion picture industry, animation studios used popular song features and song-laced underscoring extensively and to wonderful effect. For this afternoon's concert, Ken and company are joined by Michael Stone and Clairdee for a fine assortment of 1930s and early '40s cartoon music. Look for great songs made famous by the Fleischer Brothers, Walt Disney and Warner Brothers such as "Give A Little Whistle", "I Love To Singa", "Minnie The Moocher", "Swing You Sinners", "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You", "Sally Swing", and "When You Wish Upon A Star". Ken pays special tribute to composer Raymond Scott, whose quirky tunes like "Twilight In Turkey", "Powerhouse" and "The Toy Trumpet" were interpolated into cartoon underscoring extensively by almost everyone and were even sung by Shirley Temple! 5PM Optional Festival Public Lecture led by OFAM guest lecturer.

Dinner: 6 pm -- Dinners are held in the Great Hall at The Shedd. Wine and beer are available for purchase.

Evening: 8pm Evening Concert Going My Way: Bring Crosby The voice of Bing Crosby," claimed Decca Records in 1954, "has been heard by more people than the voice of any other human being who has ever lived." Crosby himself considered this publicist "puff", but there is no denying that during the 1930s, '40s and well into the decades that followed, the crooner's voice, face and personality were everywhere, and that his influence on American popular culture was and remains immeasurable. Recordings, radio, and motion pictures--the 3 electronic inventions that transformed entertainment industry during those decades--and Crosby's brilliant understanding of the special requirements and potential of those new media, were at the core of this success and worked together to make him one of the biggest entertainers of all time. Between 1932 and the close of WWII Crosby starred and sang in 32 films. Most were for Paramount Pictures, many (although by no means all) were forgettable, and almost all introduced hit songs, some of which, like "White Christmas" from 1942's Holiday Inn remain among the largest selling songs of all time. Six films between 1940 and '52 were the Road To... comedies he made with Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour, and we will feature those in our Wednesday, August 7th matinee, Thanks For The Memory. For this evening's concert Ken and company pay tribute to Bing with a selection of our favorites from those pre-war years, including "Where The Blue of The Night Meets The Gold Of The Day" and "Pennies From Heaven" to "I'm An Old Cowhand", "White Christmas" and "Swinging On A Star".

Lodging: Campus Inn or Hilton Eugene or Inn at the 5th

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Saturday, August 10 - Today will feature the matinee musical of "The Mu...
Today will feature the matinee musical of "The Music Man", some free time at the Saturday Market, and the OFAM Finale concert.

Breakfast: At the Shedd. Shuttle is available.

Morning: Today will be a combination of free time and some "wild card" activities. A favorite Eugene Saturday activity is the weekly Saturday Market, a combination of food, crafts, and farmers' market -- located 1.5 blocks from The Shedd.

Lunch: At the Shedd.

Afternoon: 2pm Matinee - Musical It's 1912 and the lovable, fast-talking con man "Professor" Harold Hill arrives in River City, Iowa promising the townsfolk that he can teach the town's children how to play in a magnificent marching band if they buy uniforms and instruments from him. It's all part of a big swindle, but falling in love with the town librarian wasn't part of the deal. With classic tunes that include "Ya Got Trouble," "Goodnight My Someone", "The Wells Fargo Wagon", "Till There Was You", "Shipoopi" and the show-stopping "Seventy-Six Trombones", The Shedd's talented cast and musicians will make you smile! You are invited to attend the cast and orchestra reception in the Studio in the lower level at the Hult. Shuttles from The Shedd to the Hult available.

Dinner: 6 pm -- Dinners are held in the Great Hall at The Shedd. Wine and beer are available for purchase.

Evening: 8:00pm OFAM Finale Concert Shall We Dance: Fred & Ginger at RKO In 1933, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers touched foreheads on the set of a Broadway-style production dance number for RKO Radio Picture's new musical, Flying Down To Rio's and danced--and sang--their way into Hollywood history. In all, the pair made 10 films for RKO over the next 6 years, 8 of which were absolutely peerless in their musical content. For OFAM 2013's grand finale, Ken and company present 20 of our favorites from these films, which include The Gay Divorcee, Roberta, Top Hat, Follow The Fleet, Swing Time, Shall We Dance, and Carefree. Look for songs by Youmans, Kern, Berlin, Fields, Porter, and the Gershwins, including "Let Yourself Go", "A Fine Romance", "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes", "Night And Day", "They Can't Take That Away From Me", and "The Way You Look Tonight", and even a few dance turns! If you have an early morning departure,the program concludes with this concert. Shuttles from The Shedd will be provided to the Hilton and Inn at the 5th.

Lodging: Campus Inn or Hilton Eugene or Inn at the 5th

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Sunday, August 11 - The program ends after breakfast at The Shedd.
Breakfast: The program ends after breakfast at The Shedd. Evaluation forms may be left at the hotel desk for participants leaving before breakfast.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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