Paul Stewart to Perform American Ragtime Piano Music

Paul Stewart will perform a program of American Ragtime Piano Music at Stanly Community College on Wednesday, February 25, at a noon lecture recital in celebration of Black History Month. It will be held in the Dennis Auditorium - Kelley Building on the Albemarle campus.

The performance will include music by Scott Joplin, also known as the “King of Ragtime” in the early 20th century. He is best known for the Maple Leaf Rag 1899 and Entertainer 1902, which was later used as the theme music for the Oscar-winning film The Sting, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Other selections include Charles Johnson’s Dill Pickles Rag 1906 and George Gershwin’s Fascinating Rhythm 1924.

Paul Stewart has performed Classic Piano Ragtime in Manchester, England and in Bologna, Italy for International music conferences. He presented his Seminar, “Bands, Bars, and Banjos: Influences on Ragtime,” for the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, Sedalia, Missouri. He has also appeared at the Rocky Mountain Ragtime Festival, Boulder, Colorado and the Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival in California.

Mr. Stewart is Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he serves as Director of Piano Pedagogy Studies. His piano performance degrees are from Indiana University, University of Illinois and Florida State University.

As an active performer, Stewart has appeared as piano soloist with the North Carolina Symphony four times and given numerous solo and Chamber Music recitals. His longtime interest and research into Ragtime piano music culminated in his 2007 CD titled “Rhythm and Rags.” Professor Stewart has given Ragtime workshops, pedagogical sessions and performances for numerous State Conferences of the Music Teachers National Association.

This event is sponsored by Momentum – a mentoring program for all students “working to create positive change in themselves and the world.” For more information, please contact Andell McCoy at 704-991-0298.

Paul Stewart

Paul Stewart will perform a program of American Ragtime Piano music at Stanly Community College on Wednesday, February 25 at noon.