Portland Revels “Appalachian Christmas”

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A mix of live music, clogging (yes!) and conversation  with Portland Revels Appalachian Christmas recorded live in the KBOO studio. We’ll hear about this yearly tradition of presenting the music and dance of traditions around the world.

Around the country there’s a tradition of Revels which is a season celebration of holiday traditions during Christmas. Portland Revels has been bringing a yearly celebratory performance each year set in different countries.

Susannah Park, Betsy Branch and Debby Garman of Portland Revels

This year the Christmas Revels  brings music and dance of mid-1800s Appalachia featuring a chorus of more than 70 to reenact an Appalachian village with carols, spirituals and clogging.

Dmae Roberts talks with executive director Debby Garman, singer and dancer Suzannah Park and Betsy Branch of the Blue Mountain String Band. We’ll find out more about the Christmas Revels production and hear a live concert.

Also in the cast are Portland actors Ithica Tell and Shuhe Hawkins, and local musicians including Betsy Branch, Leela Grace, Gabrielle Macrae, Kevin Sandri, Sophie Vitells and the Portland Brass Quintet. The music includes instrumental traditions of the American 1800s, including shape note carols and Shaker hymns and spirituals. Directed by Bruce Hostetler with music director Robert Lockwood. Scenic design by Larry Larsen and costumes by Margaret Chapman.

Eleven matinee and evening performances at The Scottish Rite Center Theater, SW 15th and Morrison St, Portland, OR.

Directed by Bruce Hostetler with music byPortland Brass Quintet & The Blue Mountain String Band.


Schedule:  (two one-hour acts with one 15 minute intermission)
7:30 pm Friday, Dec. 7
1:00 pm Saturday, Dec. 8, 7:30 pm Saturday, Dec. 8
1 pm Sunday, Dec. 9, 7:00 pm Sunday, Dec. 9
7:30 pm Thursday, Dec. 13
7:30 pm Friday, Dec. 14
1 pm Saturday, Dec. 15, 7:30 pm Saturday, Dec. 15
1 pm Sunday, Dec. 16, 5 pm Sunday, Dec. 16

Adult ticket prices begin at $18. Senior and Student Ticket prices begin at $12. Children ticket prices begin at $7. Box office opens October 24. Tickets available online at www.portlandrevels.org, or call the Revels Box Office at 503-200-1604

Hear this tale of a Portland arts group that brings together communities during the holidays and all year round. The music and tales of Appalachia are especially  endearing during this time.


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