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Jerry Rabushka

June 2021

Virtual Event: Hits of the Ragtime Era

Saturday June 26 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Pop music comes and goes, but some songs from over 100 years ago are just as fresh in the mind as the day they were written. The Entertainer, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, St. Louis Blues, and Ballin’ the Jack are still familiar, but even when they first hit the scene, these songs were recognized as having something special. We’ll take a look at some of the songs that captivated the public and how their popularity continued into the present, and we’ll…

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July 2021

Virtual Event: African American Composers

Saturday July 10 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Black composers were on the forefront of American popular music; ragtime itself was the combination of African syncopation over a European march beat and formed the basis for the development of blues and jazz. Growing up as the children of former slaves, many black composers and musicians had to navigate – and even perpetuate – racism in popular entertainment as they grew their careers. We’ll look at composers such as Chris Smith and Shelton Brooks, and also some leaders in…

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August 2021

Virtual Event: Women of Ragtime

Saturday August 14 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Women ragtime composers faced challenges – it wasn’t considered very “ladylike” to write this kind of music, and once they got married, they were expected to give up their career and raise a family. Still, a surprising amount of ragtime was written by young women, and much of it was very successful in its time. We’ll share some music by May Aufderheide, the Indiana composer who is considered the best of the female composers; Charlotte Blake of Detroit, who was…

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