Adam Swanson is the foremost young ragtime enthusiast in the United States. He has been performing since he was ten years old and graduated with a bachelor’s in classical piano and a master’s degree in musicology at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in 2015. 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. This is Adam’s first Australian trip.
A RAGTIME PIANO PARTY – WEDNESDAY 24 OCTOBER 7:30PM
The name Scott Joplin will be known to many people; others may know of James Scott or Joseph Lamb. However 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, until now.
RAGTIME MEMORIES – THURSDAY 25 OCTOBER 11AM
Do you remember the honky tonk piano playing of Winifred Atwell and Joe “Fingers” Carr (Lou Busch) in the 1950s? It was based on ragtime, the dance music of the day, when the steps were cakewalks and two steps. There was a revival in the late 1940s and during the 1950s driven by bands mainly in the US and UK, and locally by Graeme Bell’s Ragtime Four. The 1970s film The Sting saw another resurgence of interest. Come along and relive the ragtime days.
“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
24 OCTOBER 7:30PM approx.
2 hours with 20 minute interval
25 OCTOBER 11:00AM approx.
80 minutes no interval
Suitable for all ages