Scott Joplin, the king of Ragtime, died in 1917 and was interred in St. Michael’s Cemetery. His grave remained unmarked until 1974 when ASCAP- the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers- responding to the immense popularity of Joplin’s music due to its use in the award-winning film The Sting, installed a plaque.
St. Michael’s Cemetery has been honoring this great composer every May for many years with free, outdoor ragtime concerts on its grounds. The concert, to be held on May 19, at 2 pm., will feature Dan Levinson’s Canary Cottage Dance Orchestra, an ensemble that recreates the style of the late ragtime years. The concert will include a barbershop quartet. The Victorian Vaudeville Quartet will sing a special number at Scott Joplin’s grave.
A Free BBQ will be offered to the public.