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The Ragtime Craze
Robert Wyatt

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Pioneers of the indigenous American musical style known as “ragtime” wrote their works for only two decades until they fell out of public favor. Yet, the sound was resurrected in the 1970s, allowing the glory of ragtime music to be as alive today as it was at the turn of the 20th century. Although Scott Joplin wrote the bulk of the most-remembered classical piano rags, dozens of other composers vied for his reputation. As the popularity of ragtime music soared, the barons of the music publishing industry on Tin Pan Alley flooded the market with cheap imitations which soured the buyers of sheet music. Ragtime music was finished by 1917, the year that Joplin died. Pianist and ragtime enthusiast, Dr. Robert Wyatt will perform many of the more popular rags, including Joplin’s The EntertainerThe Maple Leaf RagSolaceThe Cascades and Bethena as well as the best rags of James Scott, Lamb, Jelly Roll Morton and George Gershwin. Contemporary rags written in the 1970s by William Bolcom and William Albright will also be performed to show the versatility of the style. Included in the evening’s fare will be historic photographs, film clips and archival recordings of ragtime greats. The audience will exit with an appreciation of the influence of classical ragtime music and a better understanding of its relationships to the blues, stride piano and jazz.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Steinway Artist, Dr. Robert Wyatt has performed internationally, gathering critical acclaim for sensitive and colorful solo and chamber music recitals. He holds a DMA in Piano Performance from Florida State University. Featured on NPR and PBS broadcasts, Dr. Wyatt has also performed at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, the 92nd Street Y and Steinway Hall in New York, and Boston's Jordan Hall and the Museum of Fine Arts. He has been a lecturer/recitalist for the Smithsonian Institution for twenty-six years and, as a Smithsonian Scholar, has presented musical programs in school systems under sponsorship of the Ford Foundation. In 1987, Wyatt discovered several unpublished piano preludes by George Gershwin, and in the ensuing years has pursued research that has established him as one of nation's foremost Gershwin scholars. His book, The George Gershwin Reader, was published by Oxford University Press in 2004.

FPL12044
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Date: Monday, December 4, 2017
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $30 per event
$75 for any combination of three events, members only
$120 for any combination of eight events, members only

Non-member - $35
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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