KING OF RAGTIME: ECU COMMEMORATES THE LIFE OF SCOTT JOPLIN
East Central University
Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center, Ataloa Theatre
920 E Main St.
Ada, Oklahoma 74820
A Tribute to Scott Joplin will mark the centennial of the death of America’s great composer of ragtime music. Joplin, known during his lifetime as the “King of Ragtime,” composed some of the most well-known musical pieces of the era, including The Entertainer, and the Maple Leaf Rag. Standing as great music in its own right, Joplin’s ragtime, with its syncopated rhythms, also became a major influence upon and a forerunner of Jazz. The event will include concerts by ECU students and faculty throughout the day. The 7:30 event will be a combination lecture-concert featuring Chautauqua historic presenter Charles Everett Pace and pianist Donald Ryan. Mr. Pace will provide the first segment of the program. Through his Chautauqua historical presentation of Scott Joplin, members of the audience will gain insights into the man behind the music and his place in history Following a brief intermission, Donald Ryan will take the stage to perform a variety of Joplin pieces.
Scott Joplin, an African-American composer, was born in Texarkana, Texas, and launched his career from Sedalia, Missouri. He is considered one of the finest composers from the United States. Music, dance and history will be involved in this commemorative event which is free and open to the public.