OFAM 2022 Winter Overview 1
 
The Shedd Institute is pleased to announce the expansion of its long-standing annual summer tribute to the Great American Songbook, Oregon Festival of American Music with the addition of an annual one-week winter “mini” version of the Festival. This year’s Oregon Festival of American Music Winter 2022 (or OFAM Winter 2022 for short) will take place March 2-6, under the leadership of Festival music director Chuck Redd.
Now in its 31st year, the thematically-based Oregon Festival of American Music each year through an array of concerts, talks and films explores and celebrates historic popular music in America with an especial emphasis on the Great American Songbook and the musical genres with which it is closely related, most notably jazz. OFAM Winter will follow this same format.
Coming to The Shedd March 2-6, OFAM Winter 2022 dives into the 1920s with AVALON – The Birth of American Popular Music, 1917-29. Through 4 unique concerts, a jazz party, renowned vibraphonist/drummer and Festival music director Chuck Redd and company explore the decade in which the musical genres and performance forms that would dominate American popular culture for the next half-century came into their own, enabled and shaped by an extraordinarily rapid and rich transformation and expansion of the means by which music and performance was distributed.
The Festival opens with When You're Smiling, an overview sampling of the week’s fare as well as the premier of Redd’s original score to Buster Keaton’s 1920 silent film The Neighbors. Redd and company follow up with 2 concerts exploring the rise of jazz during the ‘20s: Jazzin The Blues explores New Orleans, Chicago and beyond with nods to Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke and Frankie Trumbauer, and Jelly Roll Morton; and Rockin’ In Rhythm covers develops in jazz in New York and its environs, including seminal work by Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson and the Harlem-based Stride pianists. Festival regular and guest director Lynnea Barry and company offer up Stairway To Paradise, a jam-packed survey of the 1920s best songs as introduced in the well-established musical revues of the day both downtown (The Music Box, Ziegfeld Follies and George Whites Scandals, etc.) and uptown (Connie’s Landing, The Cotton Club) and the newly emerging, uniquely American musical comedies by the likes of George & Ira Gershwin, Rodgers & Hart, Vincent Youmans and Cole Porter. Finally, Chuck and his jazz unit close the Festival with Fascinating Rhythm, a ‘20s-focussed edition of OFAM’s now popular cabaret-style jazz party.
We offer two of these concerts, When You're Smiling and Stairway To Paradise, in both evening and matinee performances.
Tickets go on sale mid-January, 2022.
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