Music historian Matt Baumer will present a lecture-recital celebrating the centennial of Scott Joplin, composer of such Ragtime classics as “The Maple Leaf Rag” and “The Entertainer,” on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in DiCicco Hall (Cogswell 121). Featured performers will include the Hoodlebug Brass; Sun Min Kim, Evan Engelstad, and IUP alumna Anqwenique Wingfield, piano; the IUP Ragtime Orchestra, and members of IUP Dance Theater.
The recital will present some of Joplin’s hits as well as lesser-known gems, and will examine how Joplin, an African American composer and pianist, navigated the minefields of race, stereotypes, and the music industry from 1890 to his death in 1917. Beginning as a quartet singer and minstrel show performer, Joplin went on to publish some of the best-selling and critically acclaimed ragtime pieces. With his opera Treemonisha, he made the case that African American music could stand alongside the best of any culture.
Department of Music