We're sorry, but Scott Kirby
has canceled all his February performances for health reasons.
pianist Scott Kirby
arrangements to MC
NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (Jan. 21, 2004) - Highly
praised pianist/composer Scott Kirby will perform classic jazz, ragtime,
terra verde, the blues and Creole music in a Manchester College concert
on Sunday, Feb. 29.
"In Scott Kirby's playing, we encounter the very
essence of ragtime. He is the embodiment of the Scott Joplin ideal,"
wrote Edward A. Berlin, author of The King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin
and His Era. Kirby's performance of his distinctly American
arrangements have brought audiences to their feet cheering and critical
acclaim ranging from "brilliantly performed" to "charismatic" to "a
ragtime composer with few equals."
The Manchester College performance begins at 3 p.m.
on Feb. 29, in Cordier Auditorium on the north side of campus. Tickets
are $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. For
reservations (which are not required), call 260-982-5551.
Kirby promises to provide his northeast Indiana
audience with a unique performance of examples from North America, South
America and the Caribbean, with composers ranging from jazz pioneer
"Jelly Roll" Morton and Joplin to Ernesto Lecuona of Cuba.
His 21 CDs include the four-volume The Complete
Scott Joplin, More Damn Good Ragtime, Grace & Beauty,
Ravenna and collaborative projects that include Terra Verde,
Ragtime Primer and 57 Kinds of Blues.
Terra verde (green earth) is an emerging genre with
roots in European romanticism and in a wide variety of Pan-American
styles, Kirby explains. This contemporary cousin of classic ragtime
contains hints of Chopin, Gottschalk, Joplin, early jazz and a mélange
of Latin-American popular and folk music. For more about terra verde,
www.GreenEarthMusic.com, the web site of Idaho-based Viridiana
Productions Inc., which distributes Kirby's works.
A native of Ohio, Scott Kirby studied piano
privately with Robert Howat of Wittenberg University and Sylvia Zaremba
of The Ohio State University. He has performed in ragtime jazz
festivals in the United States, Norway, Hungary, France and Belgium and
was musical director of the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival
and the Rocky Mountain Ragtime Festival.