2008 WCRF Seminar Lineup

Updated 11/9/2008. Previous Update 9/28/2008 

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"Ragtime and the Popular Concert Band: The Original Sounds."
By Stephen Kent Goodman - Sat, 11:30 to 12:15, Camellia
Band leader, orchestrator, and composer Stephen Kent Goodman will be returning from Clovis, CA packing a pristinely restored 1908 Columbia Gramophone to present "Ragtime and the Popular Concert Band: The Original Sounds." He promises to include "concert band rags" that ragtime piano fans seldom discover.
"The sounds and stories behind West Coast Ragtime and Rags."
by Virginia Hawthorn - Sat, 12:30 to 13:15, Camellia
Roseville's Virginia Hawthorn of "Hawthorn's Antique Audio" will delve into her extensive collection of sheet music and old recordings to provide the sounds and stories behind "West Coast Ragtime and Rags."
"The Scott Joplin Biography: Recent Discoveries and Stories I Was Afraid to Tell."
By Ed Berlin - Sat, 13:30 to 14:15, Camellia
New York's Ed Berlin, definitive ragtime authority and author of numerous works including the biography "The King of Ragtime - Scott Joplin and His Era" will present an intriguing new seminar at this year's festival:  "The Scott Joplin Biography: Recent Discoveries and Stories I Was Afraid to Tell."
"How Was Ragtime REALLY Played?"
By Richard Zimmerman - Sun, 11:00 to 11:45, Camellia
Dick Zimmerman will travel in from Loves Park, IL to perform and present another of his scintillating seminars: "How Was Ragtime REALLY Played?"
"Three Giants of American Novelty Ragtime: Roy Bargy, Victor Arden, and Phil Ohman."
By Frederick Hodges - Sun, 12:00 to 12:45, Camellia
Berkeley's incredible Frederick Hodges will present his already highly praised seminar on "Three Giants of American Novelty Ragtime: Roy Bargy, Victor Arden, and Phil Ohman."
"The life and music of Nat Johnson
By Andrew Barrett - Sun, 13:00 to 13:45, Camellia
Andrew Barrett, young ragtime pianist, composer, and amateur musicologist, has uncovered some previously-unknown details of the life of composer Nat Johnson, who, despite having one very popular rag, "Calico Rag", and several other very good rags and compositions, has languished in total biographical obscurity for too long. Now it is high time that this composer gets some recognition. Please join Andrew for this special seminar