Scott Joplin 150th Birthday


The Scott Joplin 150th Birthday celebration begins Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Missouri History Museum.  Distinguished musicologist Edward A. Berlin will give provide historical perspective on the life of Scott Joplin and insight into each of the selections played by the Confluence Chamber Orchestra and soloists.  Dr. Berlin be available after the concert to sign copies of his greatly expanded 2016 edition of King of Ragtime, Scott Joplin and His Era.  The museum will have books for purchase.

The concert features enduring favorites such as The Cascades,  which was composed and published in St Louis in 1904, and of course The Entertainer.  Two young area pianists will demonstrate the range of Joplin’s appeal to many musical tastes:  Ragtimer Nathan Beasley will play Maple Leaf Rag and Peacherine Rag, and CCO intern Alex Fu will perform Bethena,  A Concert Waltz in classical style.  In his arrangements for orchestra, William Bauer brings out the best of Joplin’s complex rhythms and melodies in Country Club Rag,  Solace and Ragtime Dance.  The program concludes with A Real Slow Drag, the stirring finale to Treemonisha, with local soprano Rose Fischer in the title role.

Join us March 19 to learn more about why Joplin’s music still lifts hearts, entertains audiences and inspires young artists, 150 years after his birth.

Link to Missouri History Museum’s printable brochure:[field_directory-raw]/event_brochure/scott_joplin_king_of_ragtime_pdf_13751.pdf

For additional information on Edward A. Berlin and his writings,  see

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