American Traditions Concert
On the 20th Century
Opening Gala
Thu, Aug 2, 7:30 - 9:45 pm
Silva Concert Hall, Hult Center
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This "Opening Gala Concert" of OFAM 2001 features something for just about everyone -- popular song, musical theater, silent films, and jazz (from traditional to bop). A wonderfully high-spirited way to kick off our 10th anniversay season!

Dick Hyman, who is in charge of the festivities, will have a full musical pit orchestra and chorus at his command, a bevy of great guest vocalists (including OFAM favorites Shirley Sachs and Lenanne Sylvester), and his usual crack jazz band, in this case featuring legendary jazzmen Peter Appleyard and Frank Wess.

Throughout the evening we'll hear from 4 musicals -- all, of course, well-fitted to our loco-"motif"! Dick thought it appropriate to begin our journey On The 20th Century and along the way we'll check out a little Gershwin ("Fascinating Rhythm"), drop in on Professor Harold Hill in that little Iowa town of his (The Music Man), and wind up "On The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe" with The Harvey Girls. En route we'll pick up a couple of popular songs too -- "Blues In The Night" and "Do The Locomotion" (how could we pass THAT one up?!).

If you're a film buff, then Dick and company offer clips from two classics of machine and steam -- one of the outrageous train chase scenes from Buster Keaton's 1927 masterpiece The General (filmed in Cottage Grove!), and that whacky sequence in Modern Times (1936) where Charlie Chaplin goes "loco" in the factory, runs after that woman with the big buttons on her blouse (which he tries to tighten with his wrenches) and then gets sucked into the machinery. All, of course, accompanied by Dick and his sidemen with appropriate improvisational flair.

The there is the jazz -- how can you have Dick Hyman, Peter Appleyard and Frank Wess on stage without jazz? They are joined by a great group of sidemen (including Doug Miller, Alan Tarpinian, Mike Denny, Steve Owen, Tim Clarke, and Matt Shevitz) for a fair number tunes throughout the evening, including "Flying Home", "You Made A Good Move" (a Wess original), "Honky-Tonk Train", "Take The 'A' Train", "Move", and "The Train And The River".

The evening concludes in quintessential Hyman style, with Shirley, Lenanne and company belting out "The OFAM Cannonball" -- a 17 minute (count 'em!) medley of 18 (count 'em again!) railroad songs arranged by Dick and orchestrated by L ou Halmy especially for the occasion!

WHAT a ride! Get on board!

On The Twentieth Century - Overture & title songcompany
The General segmentHyman, piano
"On The Atcheson, Topeka And The Santa Fe"company
"The Train & The River"jazz band
"Fascinating Rhythm"jazz band
Modern Times segmentjazz band
"Do The Locomotion"Sylvester & co.
"Blues In The Night"Sylvester & co.
"Flying Home"Appleyard & jazz band
    -- Intermission --
The Music Man - Overture & "Rock Island"company
"You Made A Good Move"Wess & jazz band
"Move"jazz band
"Honky-Tonk Train"Hyman & orchestra
"Take The 'A' Train"jazz band
"The OFAM Cannonball"Sachs & co.

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Silva Concert Hall
Hult Center for the Performing Arts
One Eugene Center
Eugene, Oregon
541-682-5000

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