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 10 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. Oregon Festival of American Music 2021: REEL MUSIC July 22-31, 2021 at The Shedd in Eugene.
Festival music director Chuck Redd welcomes guest directors 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.
Oregon Festival of American Music 2021 includes 7 evening and 6 matinee concerts, our annual mid-festival jazz party, films, and talks.
Tickets are on sale now at The Shedd Institute Ticket Office at 541-434-7000, in person at 868 High Street (MF 9 am-6 pm) or ONLINE. Ask about our OFAM 2021 package discounts or purchase ONLINE here
Please join us!