Springtime is RAGTIME at Mississippi State University Libraries!
The Charles H. Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival delive rs spectacular rhythms, outstanding showmanship and much, much more. The 7th annual Charles Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival at Mississippi State University Libraries, March 22 & 23, 2013, featured some of the world's most talented pianists in a setting that has come to be known for its warmth, hospitality and uniqueness.
Concerts, "living room" sessions and lectures centered around the unique Charles H. Templeton, Sr. Collection in MSU Libraries, home of more than 22,000 pieces of sheet music, 200 musical instruments and extensive memorabilia from the 1800s – 1930s. All document the distinctly American approach to the "business of music."
The 2013 Festival featured five artists, each returning to the Templeton Festival for encore performances.
Festival participants joined a host of loyal fans in Starkville for an event that is fast becoming known as one of the best of its type. Evening concerts were featured in MSU's McComas Hall Auditorium, while the daytime sessions and tours of the Templeton Collection were held in Mitchell Memorial Library.
Attendees were provided a special opportunity to see Frederick Hodges accompany silent films. Hodges performs throughout the country at a variety of silent film festivals demonstrating this unique art form.
During the festival, attendees also viewed a selection from Broadway: The American Musical, a documentary created by Michael Kantor and Laurence Maslon on the history of the American musical. Following the video, Dr. Michael Brown, MSU Department of Music Education, led a discussion with attendees about the humanities themes found in the video. Festival performers also provided their insights into Broadway musicals and played a variety of Broadway selections.
The 7th annual Charles H. Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival was sponsored by the Mississippi State University Libraries; the Charles H. Templeton, Sr. Music Museum; the Starkville Area Arts Council; the Greater Starkville Development Partnership; and, in part, by grants from the Mississippi Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
To view the complete schedule of events, please visit http://library.msstate.edu/ragtime/festival/festival12/index.html.
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