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“Rags to Riches” with the Newport Ragtime Band
The Roots of America’s Musical Heritage (Grades 6-12)
Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 9:30 & 11 AM
Drees Homes Auditorium, St. Henry District High School (in-person and live-stream)

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Celebrate Black History Month with this exceptional cross-curricular opportunity.  A performance and slide show by the KSO’s Newport Ragtime Band surveys the roots of American musical heritage. The program offers ragtime, blues, Dixieland and early jazz from 1898-1933, featuring tunes by legendary black musicians/composers Scott Joplin, James Reese Europe, W.C. Handy, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller and others. Many Cincinnati connections to this music are also highlighted.

The Q & A session following the concert allows students and teachers the opportunity to ask questions of any musician on-stage. Admission is free but registration is required. The 2021-22 Education Series is supported in part by a grant from the Charles H. Dater Foundation, and Andrew Jergens Foundation.

On the Program:
Just a Closer Walk With Thee …………Traditional
Entertainer……………………………………Scott Joplin
St. Louis Blues……………………………….W.C. Handy
Queen Rag…………………………………….Floyd Willis
When It’s Sleepy Time Down South…Clarence Muse
Castle Walk……………………………………James Reese Europe
Black Bottom Stomp……………………….Jelly Roll Morton
Yo’ Feets Too Big…………………………….Fats Waller
Weary Blues……………………………………Artie Matthews
Minnie the Moocher………………………..Cab Calloway
Q&A
When the Saints go Marching In……..Traditional

Teacher Quotes:

“Very well organized; quality of performance was excellent! Loved the powerpoint.” — Berna T., Bowling Middle School

“I felt the choice of pieces was wonderful, making the students aware of composers and songs they might not already know. The quality of the musicians was excellent. The slide show was a great addition with interesting facts that made the composers and the time period more relevant.” — Kris V., Corryville Catholic

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