A Ragtime Piano Party - With Adam Swanson

Adam Swanson A Ragtime Piano Party

The name Scott Joplin will be known to many people; others may know of James Scott or Joseph Lamb.  But these three, considered to be the finest three classic ragtime composers, were joined by over 1,000 others, some of whom only ever had one ragtime composition published.  Much of this music languishes unplayed, but for you we have an assortment of ragtime compositions, mostly from the golden years from 1895-1920 when ragtime was the dominant popular music and the dance music of the day - before the quickstep and foxtrot were invented.  Young American ragtime pianist Adam Swanson is one of the cadre of pianists who have fossicked to find these gems and he will play some of the standards and several of the lesser known tunes, many of which may never have been previously played in Australia.  It will be an evening of exciting ragtime and a rare opportunity to hear these tunes as there are so few ragtime pianists in Australia.

Adam Swanson is the foremost young ragtime enthusiast in the United States.  He graduated with a bachelor's in classical piano and completed a master's degree in musicology at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in 2015.  Adam has been performing since he was ten years old.  Between 2008 and 2015, he became the only four-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest.  Adam made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall when he was nineteen and has played at the Bohem Ragtime and Jazz Festival in Hungary.  He is a protege of legendary 1950s recording artist Johnny Maddox, and has played at the historic Strater Hotel in Durango, Colorado, for over ten years.  Adam is an avid collector and researcher of all things associated with ragtime music and is highly sought after for both speaking and playing engagements at many ragtime and jazz festivals.  We are fortunate to have secured Adam as a performer for you on his first Australian trip.

For more information on Adam you can visit www.adamgswanson.com.

“ADAM SWANSON, who lives in the small town of Shenandoah, Iowa, is rapidly becoming known as one of the world’s foremost performers and historians of ragtime and early American popular music.”  The Entertainers – A Documentary Moving Picture

“ADAM SWANSON has accomplished more feats in his young musical career than many artists dream of achieving in a lifetime’s work.”  The Davis Enterprise

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Date & Time:

Friday 2 November, 7:30pm


2 Hours 30 Minutes Including Interval

Ticket Prices:

Adult $33.00
Concession $28.00
Student $17.00
Child U/15 $17.00
Group 4+ $28.00ea
CSU Staff $28.00
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Riverina Playhouse
8 Cross Street
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650

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