OFAM vocalists are Shirley Andress, Lynnea Barry, Vicki Brabham, Bob Cross, Marisa Frantz, Evynne Hollens, Matthew Leach, Michael Stone, Tracy Tooze, Siri Vik and Ian Whitcomb.
The Shedd's artistic director, Jim Ralph, sums up the spirit of this year's OFAM offerings as celebrating the role that popular entertainment played during World War II as conflict ravaged three continents and affected nearly all the rest.
It's a fairly seamless transition, The Shedd's artistic director Jim Ralph said, because Cloninger is no stranger either to The Shedd or OFAM.
Whenever there is a major change in leadership of something of the size, age and complexity of OFAM, there's always a lot of concern over how the new leadership will play out against what folks have come to love about the old," Ralph said.
So during OFAM (Oregon Festival of American Music), for example, I've got a hundred people here for whom we serve breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the week.
Our program is very focused on just doing OFAM, and there's so much that is already built into that.
After that, Peplowski will convene a reunion of sorts with the rest of this year's OFAM band members - Jesse Cloninger on reeds, bassist Doug Miller, Chuck Redd on percussion and guitarist Frank Vignola - most of whom have played with him for years.
We could probably do five or six years' worth of OFAM on movie music," Peplowski said.
As Eugene's self-declared champion of all-American music styles, OFAM should be expanding its musical community beyond social and ethnic boundaries.
Like OFAM, one suspects, OBF is sanitizing history for local audiences, while festivals in other cities get the facts.
Tickets: Evening concerts are $20 to $36 (today's jazz party, $36 to $48); afternoon concerts $16 to $30; lectures and films are free; 541-434-7000 and OFAM
stages the original 1930 version of George and Ira Gershwin's musical, directed by Richard Jessup with musical direction by Robert Ashens