2015-04-29 / Features

St. Michael’s Annual Homage To Scott Joplin

On May 16 at 2 pm St. Michael’s Cemetery will host the Annual Scott Joplin Concert. The concert has become the herald of spring with an Open Air Concert and free BBQ for the entire community.

Ragtime composer Scott Joplin was buried at St. Michael’s in 1917. Evidence indicates he was a congregant of St. Michael’s Church, located in Manhattan. Joplin became famous for advancing ragtime as a musical genre that won the hearts and minds of Americans during the early 20th century. “Maple Leaf Rag” was his signature creation that he had hoped would be played when he was interred at St. Michael’s, but Joplin’s wife refused to have her husband’s wishes honored. Years later, a group of musicians from Brooklyn, determined to honor the last request of Joplin, did play “Maple Leaf Rag” at his gravesite. They also dedicated a plaque to the renowned artist that remains to mark the location of his final resting place.

The movie, The Sting, renewed interest in the creator of ragtime with the Oscarwinning song, “The Entertainer,” by Joplin. Every year, hundreds of visitors come to St. Michael’s seeking to stand next to the burial site of Joplin in homage to a great American artist.

Ed Berlin, a Joplin scholar will once again be in attendance, speaking of the era of Joplin and his impact on the American musical sense. Dan Levinson and his Canary Cottage Dance Orchestra will happily return to St. Michael’s to lead the musical celebration.

The concert is open to all, so join the community for a day of music, fun and BBQ. St. Michael’s is proud to once again support Councilman Costa Constantindes in collecting back-to-school supplies for the needs of our children. St. Michael’s requests all those who attend also to support the Councilman’s efforts by donating supplies for the needs of children.

For more information, visit 72-02 Astoria Blvd. in East Elmhurst or call 718-278- 3240.

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