Scott Joplin is the Composer of the Month

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The cakewalk?? Bunny Hug?? Turkey Trot?? These were popular dances in the early 1900’s set to ragtime music. This month’s composer program will feature the King of Ragtime, pianist Scott Joplin. His combination of European classical music and African rhythms created a new “jazzy” sound. Joplin’s theme song, the Maple Leaf Rag, brought the ragtime craze to many people in the U.S. and in Europe.