A returning favorite, Scott Kirby will play this Sunday, August 3 at 2:30pm on the North Stage. Kirby has composed over 150 works for solo piano and other instruments, which fall into several categories. He has appeared at every major ragtime festival in the U.S., plus events in Hungary, Norway, New Zealand, France, England and Belgium. His unique presentation highlights the worlds of classic ragtime, New Orleans jazz and blues, and then expands to include marches of John Philip Sousa, songs of Stephen Foster, Latin-American styles, Afro-Cuban rhythms, European Romanticism, rock ’n’ roll and original works ranging from the syncopated to the impressionistic. Kirby’s early performances and compositions follow the example of Scott Joplin and the classic ragtime composers, but with a decidedly contemporary harmonic sensibility. As he weaves these styles together with historical and cultural background, he shows the connections and cross-influences occurring in the Western Hemisphere for hundreds of years, and which have influenced not only American popular music, but also American classical and art music composers. The complete Art on the Green entertainment schedule can be found here.
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