Oregon Festival of American Music 2016
Keep The Home Fires Burning
Command Performance…Until It's Over Over There
Fri, Aug 12, 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
Collis Wealth Management
Among the most popular of the 70-odd programs that the AFRS distributed each week to its 800 armed forces broadcast facilities worldwide were 3 variety shows: Command Performance, Mail Call, and Jubilee. Recorded to transcription discs from performances presented to live audiences in Los Angeles, these 30 minute shows featured a constantly-rotating parade of stars serving both as emcee and guest artists, including many regulars like Bob Hope (the few times he wasn’t on tour with his USO unit), Kate Smith, Bing Crosby, and Judy Garland, and just about any entertainer who could be pulled in quickly from their studio work in order to fill a request for a song or just about anything else that reminded the soldiers of life back home or gave them a great laugh: the sound of Lana Turner cooking up a porter house steak, Ann Miller tap dancing in army boots, a sigh from Carol Landis, Bing Crosby mixing a bourbon and soda for Bob Hope, or, as an older serviceman stationed in the South Pacific requested, anyone singing a verse of that WWI he so much loved when he served in that earlier war, “Keep The Home Fires Burning” (to which the entire studio audience obliged, led by Kate Smith). Filled with easy banter, plenty of vaudeville comedy, great songs by top artists, fun responses to requests, and plenty of calls outs and words of encouragement to servicemen in the field, these programs did much to boost morale.
For our annual cabaret evening, Jesse Cloninger and the Festival big band are joined by our own parade of stars in a 3-set re-creation, drawing songs, jokes, and “requests from the field” skits from the original 1942-45 programs, including a significant portion of the legendary February 15, 1945 Command Performance special, Dick Tracy In B Flat.
The format for the evening will be our usual cabaret layout: top-ticketed cabaret seating down front of the main floor, and reserved seating 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--with 2 intermissions. While dressing up is not required, in the spirit of the event we encourage it (especially if you go period!).
PROGRAM
SET I
 Command Performance Theme
(1942) Command Performance
Music by Meredith Willson
version of Over There
 The Very Thought Of You
(1934)
Words & music by Ray Noble
 Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue
(1925)
Words by Joe Young, Sam Lewis
Music by Ray Henderson
 How About You?
(1941) Babes On Broadway
Words by Ralph Freed
Music by Burton Lane
 I Can't Give You Anything But Love
(1928) Lew Leslie's Blackbirds of 1928
Music by Jimmy McHugh
 Star Dust
(1927)
Words by Mitchell Parish
 When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
(1912) The Isle O' Dreams
Words by Chauncey Olcott, Geo. Jr.
Music by Ernest R. Ball
 I'll Be Seeing You
(1938) Right This Way
Words by Irving Kahal
Music by Sammy Fain
 Murder, He Says
(1943) Happy Go Lucky
Words by Frank Loesser
Music by Jimmy McHugh
SET II
 Command Performance Theme
(1942) Command Performance
Music by Meredith Willson
version of Over There
 Sentimental Journey
(1944)
Words by Bud Green
Music by Les Brown, Ben Homer
 All The Things You Are
(1939) Very Warm For May
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Jerome Kern
 Over The Rainbow
(1939) The Wizard Of Oz
Words by Yip Harburg
Music by Harold Arlen
 Keep The Home-Fires Burning
(1914)
Words by Lena Guilbert Ford
Music by Ivor Novello
 Oh, Lady, Be Good!
(1924) Lady, Be Good
Words by Ira Gershwin
 I'll See You In My Dreams
(1924)
Words by Gus Kahn
Music by Isham Jones
 Cow Cow Boogie
(1942) Ride 'Em, Cowboy
Words by Gene de Paul, Benny Carter
Music by Don Raye
SET III "Dick Tracey in B flat"
 Command Performance Theme
(1942) Command Performance
Music by Meredith Willson
version of Over There
 Happy, Happy, Happy Wedding Day
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat
Words & music by Meredith Willson
 Whose Dream Are You?
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat
Words & music by Meredith Willson
based on O. O. McIntyre Suite
 Who's That Knocking At My Door?
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat
Words by Meredith Willson
Music by traditional
 Happy, Happy, Happy Wedding Day (reprise)
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat
Words & music by Meredith Willson
 I Must Be Off – How I Dread
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat
Words by Meredith Willson
Music by traditional
 I Had A Phone
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat
Words by Meredith Willson
Music by Harold Arlen
 I'm The Top
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat
Words by Meredith Willson
Music by Cole Porter
parody of You're The Top
 Happy, Happy, Happy Wedding Day (reprise)
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat
Words & music by Meredith Willson
 A Wandering Actor I
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat
Words by Meredith Willson
Music by Arthur Sullivan
 Happy, Happy, Happy Wedding Day (reprise)
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat
Words & music by Meredith Willson
 Folks Call Me The Mole
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat
Words by Meredith Willson
Music by Mike Riley, Edward Farley
 Somewhere Over A Barrel
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat
Words by Meredith Willson
Music by Harold Arlen
 If Miss Pons can sing cadenzas
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat
Words by Meredith Willson
Music by Gaetano Donizetti
parody of Chi mi frena in tal momento…
 I'm Awfully Strong For You
(1908) The Yankee Prince
Words & music by George M. Cohan
 Whose Dream Are You? (reprise)
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat
Words & music by Meredith Willson
based on O. O. McIntyre Suite
 Happy, Happy, Happy Wedding Day (reprise)
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat
Words & music by Meredith Willson
 The Summer Sisters
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat
Words by Meredith Willson
Music by Albert Von Tilzer
 Happy, Happy, Happy Wedding Day (reprise)
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat
Words & music by Meredith Willson
 You Are A Brute
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat
Words by Meredith Willson
Music by Jerome Kern
 Tracy, Shaky, and Flattop
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat
Words by Meredith Willson
 Gerty’s Story
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat
Words by Meredith Willson
Music by Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin
Featured composers, lyricists, creators
Harold Arlen, 1905-1986
Ernest R. Ball, 1878-1927
Ralph Blane, 1914-1995
Les Brown, 1912-2001
Hoagy Carmichael, 1899-1981
Benny Carter, -
George M. Cohan, 1878-1942
Gene de Paul, 1919-1988
Gaetano Donizetti, -
Sammy Fain, 1902-1989
Edward Farley, -
Dorothy Fields, 1905-1975
Lena Guilbert Ford, -
Ralph Freed, 1907-1973
George Gershwin, 1898-1937
Ira Gershwin, 1896-1983
Geo. Jr., -
Bud Green, 1897-1981
Oscar Hammerstein II, 1895-1960
Yip Harburg, 1896-1981
Ray Henderson, 1896-1970
Ben Homer, 1917-
Isham Jones, 1894-1956
Irving Kahal, 1903-1942
Gus Kahn, 1886-1941
Jerome Kern, 1885-1945
Burton Lane, 1912-1997
Sam Lewis, 1885-1959
Frank Loesser, 1910-1969
Hugh Martin, 1914-2011
Jimmy McHugh, 1895-1969
Ray Noble, 1903-1978
Ivor Novello, -
Chauncey Olcott, -
Mitchell Parish, 1900-1993
Cole Porter, 1891-1964
Don Raye, 1909-1985
Mike Riley, -
Arthur Sullivan, 1842-1900
traditional, -
Jimmy Van Heusen, 1913-1990
Albert Von Tilzer, 1878-1956
Meredith Willson, 1902-1984
Joe Young, 1889-1939
Ticket/Venue Info
Keep The Home Fires Burning Ticket Prices
Seat LvlFull PriceDiscount Prices
10%  15%  20%  Stud. 
Gold48.00  43.25  41.00  38.50  36.00 
A38.00  34.25  32.50  30.50  28.50 
B34.00  30.75  29.00  27.25  25.50 
C28.00  25.25  24.00  22.50  21.00 
O20.00  18.00  17.00  16.00  15.00 
Jaqua Concert Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon
541-434-7000

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