Ragtime is the style of music that was the most popular music in America between 1898 and 1918. Many rags have a distinctive form of syncopation, but many can sound almost classical. It is certainly not “rinky-tink”music. In fact, many rags are played slowly, and some have an almost haunting beauty.
Ragtime had a renewed interest following release of the 1973 movie “The Sting”, which featured some of Scott Joplin’s rags.
Although most people haven’t been exposed to it, and it is rarely played, The Ragtime Oriole will insure that many of the most famous rags of the ragtime era are routinely played.
Other historic music will be performed in our building also, including traditional jazz, dixieland, classical chamber music, and perhaps Barbershop and Bluegrass music.