Indoor tribute held for Ragtime composer Scott Joplin
by Mark Garzon
May 22, 2018 | 1752 views | 0 0 comments | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Despite rain showers, dozens gathered at St. Michael's Cemetery to celebrate famous ragtime composer Scott Joplin with an indoor concert last Saturday.

The annual event featured a performance by Dan Levinson's Canary Cottage Orchestra and the Victorian Vaudeville Quartet as they performed ragtime classics. In addition, a lecture was presented by author and biographer Dr. Edward Berlin, who is considered the foremost authority on Joplin.

"I know the people that come here and I know they have a true love for this music," said Jeffrey D. Miller, Chief Financial Officer at St. Michael's Cemetary.

Joplin, who is recognized as the "King of Ragtime," is known for his famous works such as "Maple Leaf Rag," "The Entertainer," "The Easy Winners," and other classics. In total, he wrote 44 ragtime pieces as well as a ragtime ballet and two operas.

In 1917, Joplin passed away at the age of 49 and was buried at St. Michael's Cemetary. His compositions proved to be highly influential and he received a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for his contributions to American music. Last year, a memorial bench was installed on his gravesite to commemorate his life.

According to Miller, ragtime fans appreciate the annual concert and always look forward to it every year.

"We have people that come as far as Pittsburgh," he said.
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