What is the Christmas Revels?
Portland's first Christmas Revels—set in the Middle Ages—was presented in 1995 at Portland State University's Lincoln Hall. In 1997, the Revels audience outgrew Lincoln Hall and the show moved to the Scottish Rite Theater, where it has since presented annual holiday shows with Medieval, Middle Eastern, Celtic, Victorian, and Scottish themes.
This year we'll explore historic traditions, music, and dance of Old Europe, from Czechoslovakia, through Poland and Hungary to Bulgaria. The 2012 Christmas Revels show featured guest performer Suzannah Park and took us to American Appalachia in the 1800s. In 2007 the show visited Haddon Hall and a number of periods in English history, in 2008 we enjoyed Scandinavian music, folklore, and traditions. In 2009 we enjoyed a rollicking show honoring Irish cultural holiday traditions featuring fiddler Kevin Burke, Irish dancer Maldon Meehan and friends. 2010 took us to the historic Al-Andalus period in Spain. The cultural focus changes from year to year, but the Christmas Revels is always about celebrating the season.
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In addition to our Christmas Revels Show, we sponsor fun seasonal events year-round. We've already had a Pub Sing in honor of Robert Burns' Birthday and a wonderful concert performed by the Revels' Women's Ensemble, ViVoce. Join us for much more to come, Spring Fling in Bohemia, Summerfaire, And Abbots Bromliad are just some of our upcoming events. Go to our calendar page for more.
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Thanks to wonderful journalist Dmae Roberts for the great "Stage and Studio" program chat on KBOO radio. Suzannah Park and Betsy Branch brought a great taste of Appalachian music to the airwaves. Here's the link to the 20 minute interview session:
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We are very grateful to all of our key sponsors, without whom we could not succeed in bringing our holiday show and other seasonal events to Portland audiences, thank you for your generous support: