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A fun program of Ragtime music in its socio-historical context

Great ragtime music by Scott Joplin, James Scott, and Joseph Lamb plus some forgotten female composers
and some very playful novelty rags

June 9, 2018

Come on an exciting “RAGTIME ROMP” in this thrilling afternoon program at a private condo in the heart of downtown Asheville.  Pianist Daniel Weiser will perform about 20 different rags from composers including Scott Joplin, Tom Turpin, James Scott, Joseph Lamb, George Gershwin, and more.  He will also perform some fun novelty rags including “Ragging the Scale,” “Russian Rag,” and Felix Arndt’s hilarious “Operatic Desecration Rag.”  Dr. Weiser will talk about the history of this exciting syncopated music as well as the profound social implications of its rise from black ghettos into white cities.  Take a trip back to the first twenty years of the 20th century when Ragtime was king!

Listen to Dan perform George Cobb’s Russian Rag, based on the Rachmaninoff Prelude in C Sharp Minor:



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Saturday, Jun 09, 2018 @ 2:00pm | SOLD OUT

Home of Nancy Larson
21 Battery Park Avenue, Apartment 605, Asheville NC 28801.

Join us at the beautiful downtown condo of Nancy Larson at 21 Battery Park, just steps from the Grove Arcade and Wall Street, with wonderful views of Asheville and the mountains.   Dr. Weiser will perform some great ragtime music on her vintage upright piano along with some informative anecdotes about the history and sociological context of this truly great American music that was the first recording and sheet music craze of the first decades of the 20th century, but also caused many writers to fear that the end of society had come with this “decadent, primitive” music!   Seating will be limited and by reservation only.  Seats are only $25, which includes light food and drinks.  You can purchase multiple seats after you click the yellow “Add to Cart” button below.