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Over the Rhine Christmas Show with Gossamer Strings
December 2 • 7:00 pm• $20 – $25
On Sunday, December 2, the Community Center for the Performing Arts proudly welcomes Over The Rhine’s Christmas Show back to the WOW Hall with special guests Gossamer Strings.
Over the Rhine will return to the WOW Hall this December with their highly acclaimed Christmas Show. They last played the WOW Hall in December 2016. “There may be no more soothing voice in music than Karin Bergquist’s,” observed Entertainment Weekly. “She could be interpreting jazz standards, but fortunately she applies that balm to her and husband Linford Detweiler’s beautifully languid originals, which invoke hard times and celebrate the survival of the least fit.” Recalls Linford: “One December, not long after Over the Rhine began recording and touring, we were invited to perform some seasonal songs on a public radio station in Cincinnati. People must have tuned into the radio broadcast, because we began receiving inquiries as to whether we had recorded any of our Christmas songs. I don’t think we had considered it at the time… In December of 1996 – can it really be over 20 years ago? – we recorded and released our first song cycle of some of the Christmas carols that still haunted us. We included a few original tunes and called our wintry mix The Darkest Night Of The Year. We played a special “darkest night” release concert on winter solstice… Folks began snatching up copies and seemed to agree that they hadn’t heard anything quite like it… A decade later, in 2006, we released our first full collection of original Christmas/holiday songs called Snow Angels… when we released our third holiday album of original songs, Blood Oranges In The Snow, in December of 2014, Karin suggested we had discovered a new genre of music: Reality Christmas… In 2018 we are still at it. This year, we will be performing as a trio, leaning into three-part harmonies and making an intimate but hopefully holy ruckus. It won’t be all Christmas music: we’ll certainly mix in tunes from many of our records along the way. But hopefully it’s still true: hopefully you haven’t heard anything quite like it.”
Doors open at 7:00 pm and showtime is 8:00. Seating is first come, first served. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show, and are available at U. of O. Ticket Office, WOW Hall and www.ticketweb.com. The WOW Hall is located at 291 W. 8th Ave. (the corner of 8th and Lincoln in Eugene) and is open for all ages. Adult refreshments are available downstairs. For more information please call 541-687-2746.