Jacksonville's history is set to music
"Echoes of the Past," a concert that sets the people who shaped the town to music, will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville.
The show is part of Jacksonville's 10-day sesquicentenniel celebration. See www.jacksonvilleoregon.us for a schedule of events.
The show features 15 songs, one for each decade of Jacksonville's history.
City Administrator Paul Wyntergreen wrote lyrics for most of the songs, while folksinger and songwriter Christina Duane put them to music. Duane delved into ragtime, bluegrass, spirituals, anthems, jazz, rock, folk and country for the musical. Artists include pianist Patti Moran McCoy, Sons of Oregon with Skip Bessonette, bluegrass band Rogue Valley Riders, Gypsy Soul, vocalist Patty Shelton and Duane and her band.
Among the townsfolk portrayed in songs are banker Cornelius Beekman, hotel proprietor Madame Jeanne DeRoboam and Mayor E.O. Curly Graham, among others.
Duane will perform "Sunset Over Jacksonville," a song she previously recorded. She performs "Legacy" near the opening and closes with a "Legacy" reprise, pieces she wrote herself. The first version honors founding fathers such as Judge Hannah and Peter Britt. The show closer honors living community members, including Smith and Phil Gahr, who created the woodlands trail system in the city.
Grammy-nominated Gentle Thunder will open the show.
Seating is general admission, but reserved seats are available for those with special needs.
Tickets cost $14 and are available at the Britt Festivals box office and Jacksonville Mercantile.