2018-05-16 / Features

Scott Joplin, King of Ragtime, To Be Honored At St. Michael’s Cemetery

The highly anticipated annual Scott Joplin Concert returns to St. Michael’s Cemetery on Saturday, May 19. The live concert performance of historic and iconic ragtime music and the free BBQ is open to the entire community for no charge. Dan Levinson’s Canary Cottage Dance Orchestra will perform hits written and inspired by Joplin, the King of Ragtime music.

The festivities begin at 2 pm, and will conclude around 4 pm with the Victorian Vaudeville Quartet, a barbershop quartet, who will serenade Scott Joplin at his gravesite.

Every year, hundreds of people come to St. Michael’s to visit the burial site of Joplin in homage to a great American artist.

Joplin was buried at St. Michael’s in 1917. Evidence indicates he was a congregant of St. Michael’s Church located in Manhattan. He 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, however, Joplin’s wife refused to that wish honored.

The 1973 movie, “The Sting,” renewed interest in the creator of ragtime with the Oscar-winning song, “The Entertainer.”

Joplin scholar and author Ed Berlin will lecture on the era of Scott Joplin and his impact on American music with a talk at 1:15 pm at the cemetery’s chapel.

“Scott Joplin created music that changed the world. His unique ragtime interpretations opened the 20th century to a new beat. St. Michael’s continues to honor this remarkable artist by annually offering a concert and a BBQ open to all,” said St. Michael’s Cemetery Director of Communications Ed Horn.

For more information, visit 72-02 Astoria Blvd. in East Elmhurst or call Ed Horn at 718-278-3240. —Jason D. Antos

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