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Byline: The Register-Guard

"Gratis Gershwin," you might call it.

The Oregon Festival of American Music will include a series of free events, including concerts, lectures, film showings and a public jam session with festival headliners.

In keeping with this year's focus on George Gershwin, the freebies will include not only performances of Gershwin's music but also discussions on how he composed and the impact he has had.

The free events will take place in the meeting hall or concert hall at the Shedd Institute for the Arts (in the former Baptist church at 868 High St.), in the lobby of the Hult Center (Seventh and Willamette streets) and in the Cuthbert Amphitheater (Alton Baker Park).

Thursday: Keith Campbell will talk about "The Piano in America" at 5 p.m. (Shedd). Jazz bands and a vocal jazz ensemble from the Young Artists Academy will play at 7 p.m. (Hult).

Friday: Stephen Stone will introduce "Gershwin in Film" at 10 a.m., James Ralph will talk about "The Gershwin Musicals" at 5 p.m. and jazz bands from the Young Artists Academy will play at 7 p.m. (Shedd).

Saturday: The public is invited to take part in a jam session with Ian Whitcomb, Dick Hyman and Derek Smith at 10 a.m. (Hult). Whitcomb will talk about "Tin Pan Alley" at 5 p.m. (Shedd), and a vocal jazz ensemble from the Young Artists Academy will sing at 7 p.m. (Hult).

Aug. 4: The Northwest Academy of Musical Theater will present a showcase program at 7:30 p.m. (Shedd).

Aug. 7: Jack Powell will introduce the movie "Damsel in Distress" at 10 a.m. (Shedd), Carl Woideck will talk about "I Got Rhythm & Jazz" at 5 p.m. (Shedd), and the Young Artists Academy will present "SongFest" at 7 p.m. (Hult).

Aug. 8: John Attig will introduce the film "Shall We Dance" at 10 a.m. (Shedd).

Aug. 9: Jack Powell will introduce the film "An American in Paris" at 10 a.m. (Shedd), the Young Artists Academy will present a showcase program of jazz, song and musical theater at noon (Hult), Sue Neimoyer will talk about "Gershwin's Concert Music" at 5 p.m. (Shedd), and participants in the Northwest Advanced Strings Camp will play at 7 p.m. (Hult).

Aug. 10: John Attig will introduce the film "Girl Crazy" at 10 a.m. (Shedd); the Northwest Advanced Strings Camp will play "Classic Gershwin" with violinist Fritz Gearhart, violist Leslie Straka and members of the American Symphonia at 2:30 p.m. (Shedd); and the Young Artists Academy will perform in the Cuthbert Amphitheater at 6:05 p.m., before the final concert of this year's festival.
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Date:Jul 28, 2002
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