by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Music professor John Doan will present Christmas Unplugged - Reclaiming the Holiday Spirit Dec. 6.

John Doan, a professor with Willamette University’s music department, will present “Christmas Unplugged - Reclaiming the Holiday Spirit” at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at Christ Church Episcopal Parish, 1060 Chandler Road in Lake Oswego.

Seeking to reconnect himself and audiences with the “joy of the holiday season,” Doan has created this traveling music and history show that features discarded and forgotten American musical instruments.

“In case you haven’t heard of a ukelin, tremblelin, autoharp, classical banjo or harp guitar, their quiet and unassuming voices speak of a time when people used to spend more time with family and friends before they were entertained by their iPhone G5, HDTV, DVD, CD, DVR, MP3, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, to name a few electronic devices in common use today,” Doan said.

He brings an 8-foot fireplace, antique furniture, dozens of authentic period instruments and a slide show of unpublished archival photos of people caught in the act of making their own music as they passed the time together with others.

“The holiday season is the one time of year that people look to traditions within one’s family and culture and so the program recounts the origins of the Christmas tree, Christmas shopping and the beginning of Christmas caroling,” he said. “As a teacher, storyteller, historian and a musician I want to connect with my audiences in a way that allows them to become immersed in another time so that by contrast they can know the present more fully.”

Admission is a suggested donation of $15 for adults at the door. Children age 12 and younger are admitted free of charge. For more information, visit

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