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Silks and Rags: Ragtime, Marches, and Popular Dance Music of the Early 20th Century


Great Barrington, MA — the South Berkshire Concert Series and Simon’s Rock College is pleased to present: Silks and Rags: Ragtime, Marches, and Popular Dance Music of the Early 20th Century. The evenings program features a world class ensemble of renowned virtuosi including Kenneth Cooper, piano, Allan Dean, trumpet, Charles Neidich, clarinet and Marcus Rojas, tuba. Their repertory of lively and exuberant 19th and 20th Century music, will take place on Saturday April 28th at 8pm in the McConnell Theater of the Daniel Arts Center at Simon’s Rock College.

Tuba player Marcus Rojas is considered one of "the best all around tuba players in the world" (Harvey Pekar, Jazziz). Among the diverse groups in which he has played are the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, American Symphony, American Ballet Theater, and Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis. In addition to playing on over three hundred recordings, from CDs of his own groups (Spanish Fly and Les Miserables Brass Band) to Reggae stars Sly and Robbie and the Metropolitan Opera, he has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the Today Show, Saturday Night Live and The Grammys from New York City.

Allan Dean is a member of the Summit, New York and St. Louis Brass Quintets, has played for over eighty major label recordings on both modern trumpet and early brass and is a founding member of Calliope, a Renaissance Band.

Kenneth Cooper is a harpsichordist, pianist, conductor and musicologist. Famous for his improvisations, Cooper "is one of the world's leading specialists in music of the 18th century, and one of America's most exciting and versatile performers" (Grand Canyon Explorer). He has been a soloist with the American Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, and Northwest Chamber Orchestra amongst others.

Charles Neidich has won top prizes at international competitions in Munich, Geneva, and Paris. He is a member of the New York Woodwind Quintet, and appears with such ensembles as Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Tafelmusik, Mozzafiato, and the Juilliard, Guarneri, American, and Mendelssohn String Quartets. As a soloist, Mr. Neidich has appeared with such ensembles as the Royal Philharmonic, I Musici di Montreal, the St. Louis Symphony, and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra.

Through a rare evening of spirited and unique music-making, these four outstanding musicians will present both well known and partly forgotten repertory including the music of Scott Joplin and several novelty pieces such as the "Papageno Polka."

For thirty years the South Berkshire Concerts have brought the best classical and contemporary music performers to Simon’s Rock and the community. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors and free. For more information please call 413 528-7212.