March 28, 1999
A SONIC revolution started 100 years ago, ignited by a joyous, herky-jerky, syncopated beat. Everywhere, it seemed, people could not get enough of this new music. They wrote songs about it, danced to it.The music was ragtime, and its signature song, Scott Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag," was published in 1899. "Maple Leaf" is the biggest-selling piece of instrumental ragtime music. Perhaps 1 million copies ended up in American homes before phonographs and piano rolls killed the market for sheet music.
April 19, 2012
Celebrate the spirit as "Dancing Hearts" presents "Classical Rocks," Sunday, April 22 at 7 p.m. at Resurrection Church, 3315 Greencastle Road, in Burtonsville. Enjoy works such as Aaron Copland's evocative Duo, Scott Joplin's irresistible Rags and the soulful tango music of Astor Piazzolla. The program features flutist Karen Johnson, pianist Carlos-Cesar Rodriguez and percussionist John Kilkenny. Concert is part of the Living Arts Concert Series. A reception follows the concert.
February 10, 1991
Name: In honor of sports equipment innovator Howard Head and his wife, Martha.Location: 700 N. Calvert St., three floors above the Pearlstone Theater.Capacity: 100 to 400.Seating: Eight two-story, 18-seat towers that can be rearranged for each production (three possible arrangements are illustrated above).Cost: $5.9 million.Construction: 17 months.Architects: Ziger, Hoopes & Sneadof Baltimore and Theatre ProjectsConsultants of New York.Additional renovation/construction: Scene shop, paint deck, prop shop, hoist way, two elevators, two rehearsal halls, dressing rooms; support facilities include lobby, coatroom, restrooms and lounge.
February 21, 1991
If there were such a genre as ragtime theater, it would probably look a lot like Eric Overmyer's "The Heliotrope Bouquet by Scott Joplin & Louis Chauvin," which is receiving its world premiere in Center Stage's new Head Theater.What Mr. Overmyer has done is the tricky task of translating one art form into another. Specifically, he has taken a collaborative composition, "The Heliotrope Bouquet," by Joplin and his little-known contemporary, Louis Chauvin, and sought out the equivalent words and images for the notes and music.
September 24, 1996
The Rev. Henri Nouwen,64, a Roman Catholic priest and prolific author on Christianity, died of a heart attack Saturday in Hilversum, Netherlands.He died before he was to have left for St. Petersburg, Russia, for production of a film based on one of his best-known books, "The Return of the Prodigal Son."Better known in the United States than in his native Netherlands, Father Nouwen taught at Notre Dame University before becoming a professor at Yale's divinity school from 1971 to 1981. From 1982 until 1985, he taught theology at Harvard.
February 21, 1991
THE HELIOTROPE Bouquet By Scott Joplin and Louis Chauvin,'' first production in Center Stage's newly dedicated Head Theater, is a visual feast more than it is a dramatic or thematic piece.While the organization couldn't have chosen a more suitable inaugural presentation for the theater, the new play is really little more than an impression, a dream-like remembrance of the only time these two ragtime composers met in collaboration.The show is, however, quite interesting, and it doesn't hurt to know, going in, that it runs no more than one hour and 20 minutes without intermission.