Scott Joplin

Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival returns to Sedalia

SEDALIA — For the first time since 2019, the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival will return to its usual in-person format. The event kicks off Thursday in Sedalia and runs through Saturday, June 4. The 2020 and 2021 events did not take place as scheduled as a result of the...
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St. Michael’s Cemetery’s Tribute To Scott Joplin

For 18 years, the annual Scott Joplin Memorial Concerts have been hosted by St. Michael’s Cemetery, the composer’s final resting place. Scott Joplin was interred at St. Michael’s Cemetery on April 5, 1917. This year’s free concert honoring Joplin, the most famous ragtime composer and player, was...

Texarkana tour will remember Scott Joplin

The Texarkana Museums System will take the public on a drive-through bus tour featuring the history of ragtime musician Scott Joplin. The Saturday, April 23 living history tour will run from the P. J. Ahern Home, 403 Laurel Street. It will visit the sites and neighborhoods where young Scott Joplin developed his extraordinary musical talent.

Pianist Lara Downes reconsiders composer Scott Joplin on new album

Pianist Lara Downes joins Here & Now‘s Celeste Headlee to discuss her new album “Reflections: Scott Joplin Reconsidered,” and why Joplin should be known as more than just the ‘King of Ragtime.’. Watch on YouTube. This article was originally published on Copyright 2022 NPR. To...

Pianist Lara Downes reconsiders Scott Joplin; Food stylist on 'Julia'

Pianist Lara Downes discusses her new album "Reflections: Scott Joplin Reconsidered," and why Joplin should be known as more than just the 'King of Ragtime.'. And, each dish and food scene in HBO Max's "Julia" was styled by a woman who considers Julia Child her culinary hero. WBUR's Andrea Shea tells us how the food stylist honors the chef's legacy in this series.
Sedalia Democrat

Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival to be hosted in June

The Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival will be hosted June 2 through June 4. The theme is “Women of Ragtime.”. Featured performers include Clint and Ramona Baker, Anne and Jeff …. This item is available in full to subscribers. Attention subscribers. We have recently launched a new and improved...

Blair’s Black History Moment: Scott Joplin got his start in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS – Throughout history, the African American community contributed to the arts and even created a slew of music genres. Scott Joplin spent time in Texas studying piano, attended George R. Smith College for Negroes in Sedalia, Missouri. He then settled in St. Louis after the first songs he published led him to fame. He went on to cultivate his skills for almost a decade in the city before continuing to create a name for himself in ragtime and even classical music. He was known for his unique bass patterns, syncopation, and harmonic ideas. He moved to New York City and composed a three-act opera but you will most likely remember him for the staple tunes “Maple Leaf Rag” and “The Entertainer.” You can hear those tunes while taking a tour through the Scott Joplin House State Historic Site on Delmar Boulevard where he rented a room and worked on his craft.

Marching onward with the King of Ragtime, Scott Joplin

He was born in Texas, just six years after the Emancipation Proclamation, and three years after the passage of the 13th amendment to the Constitution. He grew up to be one of the most famous musicians in America as the 19th Century turned into the 20th … then died penniless and forgotten less than two decades after the height of his fame… only to be rediscovered and celebrated half a century later.