WVIA FM Presents Simply Grand Concert 'Ragtime from Barrelhouse to Broadway'

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December 20, 2012
Pianist Gary Boerckel, host of "Music to My Ears" on WVIA-FM and soprano Bernadette Boerckel perform rags from the 1890s to the 1990s, narrating the story of the rise and revival of one of America's most enduring musical styles.

WVIA FM invites the public to its next Simply Grand Concert, “Ragtime from Barrelhouse to Broadway” on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. in the Sordoni High Definition Theater at WVIA Studios in Pittston, PA. Seating is free, but limited. To make reservations call 570-655-2808 or reserve seats online at [ http://www.wvia.org ]www.wvia.org.

Pianist Gary Boerckel, host of "Music to My Ears" on WVIA-FM and soprano Bernadette Boerckel perform rags from the 1890s to the 1990s, narrating the story of the rise and revival of one of America's most enduring musical styles. Music by Scott Joplin, Zez Confrey, William Bolcom, and excerpts from the musical "Ragtime," based on the E. L. Doctorow novel.

This Simply Grand Concert is sponsored by Apple Wagon Antique Mall, Ron and Sandy Vieczorek, and the Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. This concert is the kick-off event for Wyoming County Reads: One County, One Book, One Movie, this year featuring Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow. Because Doctorow not only writes about a ragtime piano player, but also writes in the rhythm of a rag, it is truly appropriate to begin the study of the novel with the wonderful music of ragtime. February will feature Wednesday evening book discussions at the Tunkhannock Public Library, and the program will culminate with a showing of the movie at the Dietrich Theater on March 6. This is a free program for Wyoming County and its surroundings. The Dietrich Theater is delighted to partner with WVIA for this very special concert.

The WVIA “Simply Grand” concert series showcases the talent of regional classical musicians. Since the series began in 1990, dozens of regional musicians have been featured. The concerts are recorded for broadcast before a live audience in the HD Studio Theater of WVIA.

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