Concert at Easminster Thursday, February 16th at 7pm.
Press Release:Ragtime Pianist Showcases 150 Years of Americana
Eastminster Presbyterian Church hosts foremost interpreter of Scott Joplin
(INDIALANTIC, FL) February 6, 2017— America’s foremost interpreter of ragtime great Scott Joplin is Boulder, Colorado resident, Scott Kirby. Kirby, on a seven-week, 12,000 mile tour, will stop at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Indialantic to present the work of Joplin and others during the multi-media Main Street Souvenirs on Thursday, February 16 at 7 PM. The church at 106 N. Riverside Drive, Indialantic, will host Kirby’s Main Street Souvenirs show, a musical and cinematic celebration of “Classic Americana.” The audience will explore 150 years of music through Kirby’s live piano performances of some of America’s greats – including Stephen Foster, John Philip Sousa and the ragtime of Scott Joplin. The music and original narratives will be accompanied on screen by nostalgic archival images and video from America’s past, as well as Kirby’s own photos and watercolor paintings of the Great Plains and prairies. Baseball games and barbershops, prairie churches, concerts in the park, one room schoolhouses and more are part of Kirby’s “main street.” As the foremost interpreter of “the Rag King,” Scott Kirby made an appearance on CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood in 1998 and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.. A musician his entire adult life, Kirby has recorded the complete rags of Scott Joplin and composed over 150 original works for piano and other instruments. With no formal training in art, he nonetheless completed 75 paintings which, along with 28 piano compositions, form the framework for his “souvenirs” show. Tickets are $10 at the door.
MAINSTREET SOUVENIRS –VIDEO PROMO: https://youtu.be/1V2kPNFnhB4
CBS SUNDAY MORNING w/ Charles Osgood VIDEO — https://youtu.be/629583Y3eig
ABOUT RAGTIME — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ragtime
ABOUT MAINSTREET SOUVENIRS: In Search Of The American Heartland– A multi-media stage performance featuring live piano music, a spoken narrative, and a video presentation, consisting of Scott Kirby’s original artwork, his video footage, his photography, and archival photos. The narrative, also written by Kirby, reflects a thematic progression, weaving different concepts about small town American life together with musical, visual and literary examples which illustrate these themes. The music in the first half will span 150 years of Americana, including Scott Joplin, Stephen Foster and John Philip Sousa, and continuing up to the present. The second half will feature Kirby’s original compositions, paintings, photography, literary excerpts and a narrative all exploring historical and visionary dimensions of the American Great Plains and Prairies. More information is available at http://scottkirby.net/music/main-street-souvenirs/
ABOUT SCOTT KIRBY–A native of Ohio, Scott Kirby began his study of music at the age of six, and continued formal piano instruction for 17 years. He worked under Robert Howat of Wittenberg University of Ohio, and Sylvia Zaremba at the Ohio State University. After obtaining an English degree from Ohio State University, Kirby moved to New Orleans and began his professional music career, as a street performer. In the following four years, he recorded the complete rags of Scott Joplin, and made his debut at all of the major ragtime festivals in the United States, as well as festivals in Belgium, France, Norway, New Zealand, and Hungary.
Kirby has served as Musical Director of the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, MO, and of the Rocky Mountain Ragtime and American Music Festival in Boulder, CO, as well as director of the San Juan Islands Ragtime Institute. His appearances include a segment on CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood in 1998, and at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. Kirby co-founded a record company (Viridiana Productions, L.L.C.), has made 25 recordings, and has composed over 150 original works for piano and other instruments. Admired by fellow pianists including George Winston, and hailed by Time Magazine as an “ace pianist,” CBS News’ Charles Osgood agreed that “…Critics call Scott Kirby one of the best interpreters of ragtime music on the scene today.
Kirby’s artistic passion grew to include to visual art, and in 2005, while living in France, he completed 75 paintings and 28 piano compositions, including “The Prairie Devotionals,” The paintings (belonging to a set entitled “Visions of the Great Plains”) and the new musical works set the groundwork for his new multi-media project “Main Street Souvenirs.” Kirby now lives in Boulder, Colorado and divides his time between composing, painting, performing and teaching. More about Scott Kirby is available on his website at www.scottkirby.net
(Press Release completed by Joyce Wilden of BuzzBiz Public Relations)