Saturdays at 2pm
Jan. 28: The Ragtime Legacy of Scott Joplin
Feb. 11: Black Composers in America
March 11: Romantic Traditions
April 8: The Latin Tinge
Single tickets $15, Series tickets (all four performances) $40
Tickets can be purchased over the phone (970-243-7337 x. 2) or in-person, in advance or at the door
This winter and spring, come enjoy a different genre of turn-of-the-century American music every month. The intimate atmosphere of salon piano came into being as early as the 18th century, before economic entities demanded that music venues grow to the volume and scale of today’s arenas. Pianist Frank French will provide historical background and perform at close range, along with projected images of time, place, and conditions.
Piano music in the U.S. evolved through Danzas, Habaneras, Ragtime, and early Jazz. These styles remain available through printed musical scores that yield a road map to performance practices. The rich musical traditions of Europe and Africa mingled in places like the southern United States, Brazil, and Cuba to form the basis for a hybrid tradition.
Frank French has enjoyed a long career in music, first as a student and later as a performer, composer, festival promoter, piano technician, instrument builder, and teacher. He has produced numerous recordings and performed throughout the world. French formerly served as the director of the Rocky Mountain Ragtime Festival and lives in Grand Junction.