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Wyndham to present ‘Women in Ragtime’ program

Pianist to share informative account of once popular musical genre

Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 2:32 p.m. CST

The Morris Library welcomes special guest, Deborrah Wyndham, to present her program, “Women in Ragtime: Shadows of America’s Past” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 21.

Ragtime is a musical genre that enjoyed its peak popularity between 1897 and 1918.

It began as dance music in the red-light districts of African American communities in St. Louis and New Orleans. By the start of the 20th century, it became widely popular throughout North America and was listened and danced to, performed and written by people of many different subcultures.

The Morris Library is honored to have Deborrah Wyndham performing her “Women in Ragtime:  Shadows of America’s Past.”

Seen on FOX, NBC, and ABC and heard on NPR, pianist and composer Deborrah Wyndham has performed for 2,700 audiences in libraries, concert halls, museums, festivals and more.

With a wide range of styles from traditional jazz, ragtime and  “stride,” to popular music from the 1930s and 1940s, she focuses on the women who performed and composed ragtime music.

This musical program will be a fascinating, entertaining and informative account of the music of the dawn of the 20th century and the women who contributed to it. 

This program is free and open to the public. To register, please call 815-942-6880 or visit the library. 

The Morris Area Public Library is located at 604 Liberty St. in Morris.

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