The Blue Ridge Ragtime Festival, a first-time festival hosted by the Academy Center of the Arts, will be held October 5-8, 2017, in Lynchburg, Virginia. The festival will kick off its first year with a full weekend of events and happenings featuring five professional ragtime pianists from across the nation.
The festival’s events include three unique concerts, a seated educational symposium, free performances at area schools and downtown venues, and a special silent film comedy screening with live accompaniment by featured performers. For more information, see the full schedule below (subject to change).
Performers for the Blue Ridge Ragtime Festival include Bryan Wright, a Lynchburg native from Pittsburg, PA, Frederick Hodges from Berkeley, CA, Martin Spitznagel from Pittsburgh, PA, and Ethan Uslan from Charlotte, NC.
Friday, October 6
8p – 10p ($15) Evening concert featuring all performers
Saturday, October 7
8:30a – 10a (Free) Concert at the Lynchburg Community Market
12p – 2p (Free) Performances at Hill City Keys outdoor pianos in Downtown Lynchburg
3p – 5p (Free) Symposia: two 1-hour lecture-demonstrations by performers discussing various aspects of ragtime and related music at Westminster Canterbury.
8p – 10p (Ticketed) Silent film comedy with live accompaniment followed by “music hall” mini- concert featuring all performers
Sunday, October 8
2p – 5p (Ticketed) Afternoon concert featuring all performers