2007 Scott Joplin Concert Set For May 12
2007 Scott Joplin
Concert Set For May 12
Joplin died penniless in April 1917 and was interred in St. Michael's Cemetery in East Elmhurst in a community plot occupied by two unrelated people. At his graveside Joplin's wife refused to honor her husband's request to have his renowned "Maple Leaf Rag" composition played.
In August 1974, Joplin finally received the tribute his lifetime of work had earned decades before. The Native New Yorkers Historical Association laid a wreath, offered a prayer, played "Maple Leaf Rag" and placed a marker on Joplin's resting place. It was the beginning of recognition long overdue.
This year, St. Michael's Cemetery will once again offer the music of Scott Joplin. The third annual concert of Joplin's work will be open to the public on Saturday, May 12 at 1 p.m. A barbecue and refreshments will be provided and a gathering of a select and renowned group of artists from around the world will discuss Joplin's life and perform his work.
Clarinetist and bandleader Orange Kellin, who played with Louis Armstrong and is one of the creators of "One Mo' Time", will perform. Terry Waldo, recently heard on the soundtrack of the PBS documentary "The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson" and a protégé of the legendary Eubie Blake, will offer selections. Howard Alden, a musician who recreates the manner of the banjo kings, will present his interpretations of ragtime favorites.
The Presbyterian Church of St. Albans professional singers and dancers will entertain with excerpts from Joplin's only opera,"Treemonisha". Dr. Ed Berlin, renowned author and biographer of Joplin, will offer a PowerPoint presentation detailing the times in which Joplin lived. Harlem Brewery's Celeste Beatty, a descendant of a Joplin band member, will attend the telling of her family's experiences.
Last year, people came from around the nation to enjoy the entertainment. A couple from Missouri thrilled the crowd by dancing to the music. The BBC recorded and broadcast the performance for the enjoyment of their audience. This year promises to be the grandest of all Joplin concerts. RSVP to St. Michael's, 718-278 3240.