Richard Dowling: "Great Scott! A Centennial Celebration of Scott Joplin"

Saturday, October 28, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Museum Members receive a 10% ticket discount

Event Details

Richard Dowling is a classical concert pianist and Steinway Artist who has a lifelong love of ragtime, Gershwin, and early jazz. In commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the King of Ragtime’s death, Richard Dowling will perform “Great Scott! A Centennial Celebration of Scott Joplin,” a selection of Joplin’s best known and most beloved piano masterpieces in a single full-length recital. 


Paragon Rag (1909)
Weeping Willow (1903)
The Cascades (1904)
Heliotrope Bouquet (1907) with Louis Chauvin
Elite Syncopations (1902)
Wall Street Rag (1909)
Rose Leaf Rag (1907)
Stoptime Rag (1910)
Bethena – A Concert Waltz (1905)
The Strenuous Life (1902)
Swipesy Cake Walk (1900) with Arthur Marshall
The Nonpareil (1907)
Maple Leaf Rag (1899)


The Great Crush Collision March (1896)
A Breeze from Alabama (1902)
Fig Leaf Rag (1908)
Euphonic Sounds (1909)
Binks' Waltz (1905)
Sugar Cane (1908)

*Audience Choice

Suite from "The Sting"
The Entertainer (1902)
The Easy Winners (1901)
The Ragtime Dance (1906)
Solace – A Mexican Serenade (1909)
Gladiolus Rag (1907)
Pine Apple Rag (1908)

Finale: Sun Flower Slow Drag (1901) with Scott Hayden
Encore: "A Real Slow Drag" from Treemonisha (1911)

*An audience member either makes a special request or selects one card from a basket
containing the titles of Joplin's 27 other piano works.

Guest Details

Richard Dowling

Richard Dowling

Hailed by The New York Times as an especially impressive fine pianist, Steinway Artist Richard Dowling appears regularly across the United States in solo recitals, at chamber music and jazz/ragtime festivals, and as a guest soloist in concerto performances with orchestras. He has been acclaimed by audiences for his elegant and exciting style of playing which earns him frequent return engagements.

Career highlights include a sold-out New York orchestral debut at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, solo recitals at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall in New York, and a special award from the National Federation of Music Clubs recognizing his outstanding performances of American music. Mr. Dowling has presented solo recitals in the Far East, South America, Australia, Africa, and Europe. Works of Chopin, Ravel, Gershwin, Gottschalk and ragtime figure prominently in his repertoire.

Mr. Dowling has received performance reviews that praise him as “a master of creating beautiful sounds with impeccable control of colors and textures” and as “a musician with something to say, the skill to say it and the magnetic power to make you want to listen” and for giving “a superb recital that left the audience craving for more at the end.” He is also a versatile recording artist with over a dozen CDs of classical, chamber, ragtime, jazz, and popular music. His most recent recordings include Music of Old New York, a CD containing songs and piano rags inspired by The Big Apple at the turn of the century, and Gershwin for Two Pianos, a collection featuring Rhapsody in Blue and other beloved Gershwin works.

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