Celebration of Ragtime Events Scheduled for November in Downtown

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The Texarkana Museums System and the Texarkana Music Teachers Association have teamed up to present two great events in downtown Texarkana to celebrate Scott Joplin and Ragtime Music.

Press Release:

Two community organizations, Texarkana Music Teachers Association and the
Texarkana Museums System are combining efforts to celebrate American Music Month and
Scott Joplin’s Birthday by hosting two events by visual artist and ragtime piano superstar, Scott
Kirby, on November 4 at 7 p.m. and on November 6 at 12 p.m. General Admission is free for
both events. Private pavilions can be reserved for “A Ragtime Celebration” on November 6. For
more information visit TexarkanaMuseums.org/Events or call Vicki Carr at 903-277-4124.

On Thursday, November 4, 7:00 pm, at the Texarkana College Music Hall, Mr. Kirby will present
personal compositions that accompany his unique artwork featuring rural and small-town life in
the central plains of Mid-America. Scott presented this concert, a few years ago, to an
enthusiastic audience.

“The concert is unique: a combination of visual art, accompanied by his tender and lyrical
music. Kirby’s artistic style is his, alone – especially his sky technique or the portrayal of
loneliness with a single light on a dark night in the country – it gives me a deep sense of
nostalgia,” says Vicki Carr, a member of TMTA and chair of the TMS Music Heritage Committee.

Kirby’s performance art concert is free to the public and is sponsored by The Texarkana Music
Teachers Association and Judy Morgan.

The Texarkana Museums System Music Heritage Committee will host Mr. Kirby’s Ragtime
concert on Saturday, November 6, beginning at Noon. “A Ragtime Celebration” is an informal
gathering for a Ragtime concert and lunch at the Joplin Mural, 301 Main Street in Historic
Downtown Texarkana, USA. Scott Kirby will again be the featured performer.

“Scott Kirby is one of our favorite ragtime players – in fact he has made several trips to
Texarkana, Joplin’s hometown, to play for ragtime events,” says Carol Collins-Miles, coordinator
of the downtown celebration on November 6 th at Noon. “The Joplin Mural is a perfect place to
feature this tribute to music that is truly American and made popular by a son of Texarkana.”

Food vendors will be on hand for attendees to buy a meal. Guests should bring their lawn chairs
or other seating. General admission is free but reserved pavilions with tables and seating for up
to 8 are available for $250. Reserved pavilions include boxed lunches. To reserve a tent, visit
TexarkanaMuseums.org/Events or call 903.793.4831.

“A Ragtime Celebration” is sponsored by the Texarkana Museums System, Mike and Pete
Mankins, Whiskey River, Norton-Wood-Floyd Law Firm, The Troike-Patterson Foundation, and
Ragland Piano.

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