GEORGETOWN, Ky. – Ragtime burst onto the American musical scene in the 1890s, becoming the most popular form of dance and entertainment music up until World War I. The 1973 motion picture, “The Sting,” brought Ragtime back into popularity, and it has remained one of the most popular forms of music ever since.


To celebrate Ragtime music, old and new, the Georgetown College Orchestra will present a “Ragtime and All That Jazz” concert on Wednesday evening, April 30. It begins at 8:00 p.m. in Hill Chapel on the Georgetown College campus.


Conducted by Dr. H. M. Lewis, Professor of Music,  the orchestra’s performance includes faculty, staff, alumni, and students playing the music of Scott Joplin. It will also feature piano rags by staff accompanist David Gierlach and senior piano major Chelsea Barnes, along with a vocal solo by junior voice major Brianna Gibson.


Scott Joplin in June 1903 (1868-1917) Source: Wikipedia


In addition to classic ragtime by Joplin and composer Zez Confrey (1895-1971), Gierlach will be performing his own composition of a modern rag, and Ms. Barnes will play “The Graceful Ghost Rag” from “Three Ghost Rags” by William Bolcom (b. 1938).


The concert is free and open to the public.


H.M. Lewis, Professor of Music