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EUGENE, OREGON

Singing at the Oregon Festival of American Music - “Makin’ Whoopee! Reflections on the Jazz Age”

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Program #14989RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Make some whoopee in the chorus as OFAM revisits those heady musical years of post-WWI economic recovery, social redefinition and cultural effervescence that literary types like Fitzgerald called “The Jazz Age”. Your song selections will start with 1921 when Eubie Blake-Noble Sissle’s revue Shuffle Along opened on Broadway through 1934, when Cole Porter’s paean to the age, Anything Goes did so! In between lies early Ellington, Cab Calloway and the Cotton Club; vocal stylists such as Al Jolson, Mildred Bailey, Eddie Cantor, Ruth Etting, Ethel Waters, Cliff Edwards; the rise of musical comedy; jazz, swing and the blues; and unrivaled songwriting craftsmanship of Rodgers & Hart, the Gershwins, Berlin, and Porter. Join top guest musicians at 5 concerts in our return to the Jazz Age’s clubs, radio shows, and stages, including your own performance at the end of the week.


Highlights

• The program includes B-level seats at five festival concerts: the Opening Gala and Finale Concerts, a Jazz cabaret, and your choice of two matinee concerts.
• Guest artist presentations, a behind the scenes rehearsal, and period films add depth and historical context.
• Sing along to the great songs of the Jazz Age age and show off your talents by performing before an audience.

Program Notes

Ability to read music is preferred, but not necessary. Program includes B-level seats to five events, including three pre-selected events and two matinees of your choice. Upgrades to A-level seating are available. Cost varies with venue from $3.25 to $9. Tickets for additional concerts are available at a 15-percent discount. Singing not for you? Check out Program #14988 Oregon Festival of American Music 2015 – “Makin’ Whoopee! Reflections on the Jazz Age” offered the same week.

Activity Notes

Walk up to four blocks. Shuttles do not have wheelchair lifts.

Coordinated by The Shedd Institute for the Arts.


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6 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
1 Field trips
9 Hands-on experiences
9 Performances

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4.8
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