Oregon Festival of American Music 2020 includes 9 evening and 6 matinee concerts, our annual mid-festival jazz party, an all-new production of the 1955 musical comedy The Pajama Game, 2 community sing-alongs, films, and talks.
Before there was dialog, there was music. At first, perhaps, most practically, just to cover the awful racket of the projector; but more likely it has always been a psychological and emotional necessity, an essential part of telling the story, of sharing the feeling, of making the images, action and even spoken dialog when it finally came, truly real. REEL MUSIC is our contemplation of that. For 11 days of concerts, talks, and films Festival music director Chuck Redd and company invite you to explore and celebrate great moments and especially interesting dimensions of music in film. From the earliest days of the Silent Era (1894-1926) through the Golden Age (1927-60s) and beyond, from cartoons, shorts and commercials to musicals and period dramas, from context color, source music and background filler to leitmotifs, themes and story-advancing songs…and throwing in intriguing topics and insights along the way, we won’t cover everything, but we’ll touch on a lot!...and, of course, all with an especial focus on historic jazz and the Classic Songbook.
Festival music director Chuck Redd welcomes guest directors Jesse Cloninger, Siri Vik and Will & Peter Anderson, and a host of others for REEL MUSIC, a 2-week exploration of the many roles music serves in film, from the silent film era up through the 1980s, with special emphasis on jazz and the Classic Songbook.
Tickets on sale now through The Shedd Ticket Office (541) 434-7000, in person at The Shedd Ticket Office at 868 High St, and online at TheShedd.org. Ask about our OFAM 2020 package discounts!