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2011 WCRF Special Shows§ and Theme Sets
November 18, 19, and 20
This page updated 11/11/2011. Prior update 11/10/2011.

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Friday's Events
  A History of Ragtime
Tex Wyndham, Friday, 10:30 am-12:00 p.m., Sierra  
The festival opens earlier than in past years to give Tex plenty of time to demonstrate a history of ragtime!  Tex's show uses music and commentary to tell where ragtime came from, how it works, and the circumstances under which it thrived. 

  The Music of Joseph Lamb
Larisa Migachyov, Friday, 12:00-12:45 p.m.,  Yosemite

Larisa plays the works of Joseph Lamb, the most lyrical of the 'Big Three' ragtime composers - the well-known classics as well as the more obscure gems.

  Schmetterer Plays Schmetterer
Christoph Schmetterer, Friday, 1:15-2:00 p.m., Camellia
Christoph has composed almost 200 pieces including about 40 rags. He plays his best rags and a selection of his other works including waltzes, marches and tangos.

  The Mystery of A-Flat, Part 1
Jack Rummel, Friday, 3:00-3:45 p.m.,  Yosemite   

Why were so many of ragtime’s biggest hits written in the key of A-flat?  Jack Rummel explores the answers to this question in Part 1 of two part special sets at this year’s festival.

(Part 2 - Sunday, 9:00-9:45 A.m., Camellia  See below.)

  The Bucket of Blood Saloon Favorite
Squeek Steele, piano with Gary Greenlund, banjo, Friday, 4:15-5:00 p.m., J.B.’s Lounge
Squeek Steele and Gary Greenlund have played together at the Bucket of Blood Saloon in Virginia City,NV for over 15 years. Their set features old standards (songs, dances, and ragtime) from 1895--1935.

  Introducing Lothar Perl
Rosemary Hallum, Friday, 5:00-5:30 p.m., Comstock 3 
Lothar Perl is a master of novelty piano, along with Felix Arndt, Zez Confrey, and Billy Mayerl.  Yet, he’s not very well known in the U.S. Come learn something about him and hear some of his music.

  Festival Sampler
Friday, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Martinique
With so many performers, and a few who haven’t appeared here for a few years, how do you decide who to hear? This is your chance to hear new and returning performers play in their own unique styles. Featured performers include: Jeff Barnhart, Cali-Co Ragtime Quartet, Danny Coots, Neville Dickie, Phillip Dyson, Brian Holland, Maurice Imhof, Martin Jaeger, Valerie Kazik, Morten Gunnar Larsen, Frank LiVolsi, Dave Majchrzak, Raspberry Jam Band, Squeek Steele with Gary Greenlund, St. Louis Ragtimers, John Reed Torres, and Tex Wyndham. Emceed by Jack Rummel.
  Cakewalk Demonstration
Porcupine Ragtime Ensemble, Friday, 8:00 – 9:00 pm, Martinique.   
Here’s your chance to strut your stuff. Everyone gets to do the cakewalk, the high-kicking, bending, bowing dance style of the Turn of the Century, to the music of the Porcupine Ragtime Ensemble. If you’d like to really know the steps, go the Cakewalk dance class on Friday at 5:45 pm in J.B.’s Lounge, taught by our head dance instructor, Bruce Mitchell. Even if you can’t make the class, get to the Martinique Ballroom at 8:00 pm, where the dance floor will be open for all. And when the cakewalk is over, there’s a slice of cake for everyone.
  Silent Movies
Friday, 10:00 – 11:00 pm, Martinique
Frederick Hodges accompanies two movies from the 1920s. David Shepard, an internationally renowned film preservationist, is providing both the silent movies and historical commentary about the films. Shepard’s company, Film Preservation Associates, is responsible for many high quality DVD versions of silent films. Shepard began restoring films when he joined the American Film Institute in 1968 as one of their first staff members. In 1987, he bought the Blackhawk Films library. Mr. Shepard is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The silent movies are:
Angora Love (1929) Laurel and Hardy
Stanley and Oliver are adopted by a runaway goat, whose noise and aroma in turn get the goat of their suspicious landlord. Attempts to bathe the smelly animal result in a waterlogged free-for-all.
The High Sign (1921) Buster Keaton
Buster is thrown off a train near an amusement park. There, he gets a job in a shooting gallery run by the Blinking Buzzards mob. Ordered to kill a businessman, Buster winds up protecting the man and his daughter by outfitting their home with trick devices.
Saturday's Events

  Youth Master Class
Richard Dowling, Instructor. Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m., Sierra  

On Saturday, November 5, 2011, West Coast Ragtime Society hosted its 7th annual Youth Piano Competition for young pianists ages 8 - 18.  The first place winners from each division will be participating in a Master Class led by festival headliner, Richard Dowling.  This event is open to all festival attendees.  Come hear the future of ragtime!

  Around the World With Tango
Stanley Stern & Marti Lindholm, Saturday, 11:30 A.M.-12:15 P.M., J.B.’s Lounge
Tango dances, though born in Argentina, rapidly reached around the world starting in the Ragtime era. Stanley Stern and Marti Lindholm will play 45 minutes of tangos from Argentina, Brazil, France, England, Germany, Cuba, and the United States. 
  Swiss Ragtime
Martin Jäger, Valerie Kazik (age 16), and Maurice Imhof (age 15), Saturday, 12:30 – 1:15 pm, Sierra  

Martin performs a selection of his own rags and introduces the winners of the first Swiss Youth Ragtime Piano Contest held in Zurich , Switzerland in September, 2011. The competition was made possible through the great help and visit of three couples from West Coast Ragtime Society: Jack & Chris Bradshaw, Bub & Petra Sullivan, and Steve & Robyn Drivon.  In addition, Jeff & Anne Barnhart were featured at the competition's finale. All in all a wonderful Swiss-American ragtime co-production! 
  Sellers of the Ragtime Era
Rosemary Hallum with Kitty Wilson, Saturday, 1:30-2:00 p.m., Comstock 3  
Rosemary “Rosie” Hallum and “Washboard Kitty” Wilson play million-selling songs and instrumental hits of the ragtime era, plus interesting historical tidbits about the tunes. 
  That Certain Party: The Music of Walter Donaldson
Tex Wyndham, Saturday, 2:15-3:15 p.m., Camellia
This theme set uses music and commentary to outline the life of a man who came to prominence during the ragtime years, and went on to become a major composer of Tin Pan Alley’s Golden Age. 
  A Gershwin Concert
Richard Dowling & Frederick Hodges, Saturday, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., Martinique  
Richard Dowling and Frederick Hodges perform the original two-piano versions of “Rhapsody in Blue” and 
“Concerto in F.”
  Ragtime 1911!
Saturday, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, Martinique 
Every tune in this show is from 1911, when ragtime was the rage in America . Featured performers: Jeff Barnhart, Nan Bostick, Tom Brier, Cali-Co Ragtime Quartet, Bill Clark, Crown Syncopators, Frederick Hodges, Brian Holland, Ivory & Gold Trio, Max Keenlyside, Morten Gunnar Larsen, Carl Sonny Leyland, Porcupine Ragtime Ensemble, Ragnolia Ragtette, Ragtime Skedaddlers, St. Louis Ragtimers, Virginia Tichenor, and Maurie Walker. Emceed by Jeff Barnhart.
  The Music of Ernesto Nazareth
Squeek Steele, Saturday, 5:30 – 6:15 p.m., Yosemite
Squeek Steele performs Brazilian composer Nazareth 's tangos, maxixes, a little known waltz, and a fast dance of African origin. 
  St. Louis Ragtimers 50th Anniversary Celebration!
St. Louis Ragtimers, Saturday, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Martinique 
While West Coast Ragtime Society celebrates its silver 25th anniversary this year, The St. Louis Ragtimers are celebrating their golden 50th anniversary this year. West Coast Ragtime Society is pleased to present the four original members of the St. Louis Ragtimers. Formed in 1961, they are still together after 50 years. You are invited to hear them in concert, singing and playing some of their “Greatest Hits”! Come help them celebrate their golden anniversary as a band with this special 50th anniversary concert. Emceed by Jack Rummel, with assistance from Marty Eggers, Hal Krueger, and Dennis Pash. 
  Grand March
Saturday, 8:00 pm, Martinique 
Hundreds of marchers parade through the hotel in the tradition of the ragtime era, led by the West Coast Marching Band. This year’s marching band is comprised of musicians here at the festival from the Cali-Co Ragtime Quartet, Ivory & Gold Trio, Pacific Coast Ragtime Orchestra, Porcupine Ragtime Ensemble, and Raspberry Jam Band. So put on your finest attire and join the big parade! 
  Stride, Stomps & Surprises!
Saturday, 9:30 – 11:00 pm, Martinique
Solos, duos, and a lot of fun! Featured performers include: Jeff Barnhart, Danny Coots, Neville Dickie, Ann Gibson, Frederick Hodges, Brian Holland, Ivory & Gold Trio, Max Keenlyside, Morten Gunnar Larsen, Carl Sonny Leyland, Dave Majchrzak, Will Perkins, Adam Swanson, and Stephanie Trick. Emceed by Jeff Barnhart.
Sunday's Events

  The Mystery of A-Flat, Part 2
Jack Rummel, Sunday, 9:00-9:45 A.m., Camellia
Why were so many of ragtime’s biggest hits written in the key of A-flat?  Jack Rummel explores the answers to this question in Part 2 of his two part special sets on this topic at this year’s festival.
(Part 1,
Friday, 3:00-3:45 p.m., Yosemite. See above.)

  Modern Rags from the Ragtime Revival
Tom Brier, Sunday, 9:45-10:30 a.m., Sierra  
Tom Brier plays an entire set of “modern” rags written during the ragtime revival. 
  Youth Concert
Sunday, 10:00 – 11:30 am, Martinique
The future of ragtime depends on the ragtime playing youth of today, so our festival provides opportunities for outstanding young ragtimers to spotlight their talents. All our youth performers are in this one show. Lindy Clute, Maurice Imhof, Vincent Johnson, Valerie Kazik, Max Keenlyside, Frank LiVolsi, Will Perkins, Adam Swanson, and John Reed Torres. Emceed by Stephanie Trick. 
  Rags Over the Waves
Martin Jäger & Christoph Schmetterer, Sunday, 12:00-12:45 P.m., Yosemite 
 Martin and Christoph are two of the most prolific ragtime-composers from Europe . They play a selection of their own compositions as well as European rags from the early 20th century. 
  The Music of Frederic Chopin and Chopin-Inspired Ragtime!
Richard Dowling, Sunday, 1:15-2:00 p.m., Martinique 
 Richard Dowling plays the classical music of Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), punctuated by some Chopin-inspired ragtime.  A special classical & ragtime treat that you won't want to miss! 
  Music From Vienna
Rosemary Hallum & Christoph Schmetterer, Sunday, 3:30-4:00 P.m., Comstock 3 
 Christoph Schmetterer of Vienna, Austria, and Rosemary Hallum, three-time visitor to Vienna, welcome you to their set of piano duets from Austria -- from Viennese waltzes to ragtime, including works from the ragtime era and Christoph's own compositions. 
  Festival Finale
Sunday, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Martinique
The Festival Finale’s theme this year is “A Toast To West Coast” in celebration of West Coast Ragtime Society’s 25th anniversary! Come hear highlights of the festival all in one show for the last special concert of the festival. In a variety show format, the show features many festival performers including: Jeff Barnhart, Tom Bopp, Nan Bostick, Tom Brier, Cali-Co Ragtime Quartet, Crown Syncopators, Richard Dowling, Phillip Dyson, Ann Gibson, Frederick Hodges, Brian Holland, Ivory & Gold Trio, Vincent Johnson, Max Keenlyside, Morten Gunnar Larsen, Carl Sonny Leyland, Dave Majchrzak, Will Perkins, Porcupine Ragtime Ensemble, Ragnolia Ragtette, Raspberry Jam Band, Adam Swanson, John Reed Torres, Stephanie Trick, and Tex Wyndham. Emceed by Jeff Barnhart. 
Post-Festival Party
Sunday, 6:00 pm, Coffee Garden Restaurant 
One last chance to hear great ragtime! The hotel provides a buffet dinner and the bar is available. Seating capacity is limited, so buy your tickets ahead for this event to be assured a seat. Tickets will be on sale at Red Lion at the front desk and in the ragtime café during the festival weekend. 

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