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Pro Musica Brings Complete Scott Joplin Canon to St Paul’s


By Mittie Roger

All ragtime and Dowling fans, get ready for the concerts of the season! Richard Dowling returns to San Miguel to recreate his historic debut of the complete piano works of Scott Joplin, performed in Carnegie Hall exactly 100 years after Joplin’s death in New York and 150 years after his birth.

Dowling is the first musician to present Joplin’s entire canon, consisting of 53 rags, marches, waltzes, and cakewalks. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear Scott Joplin’s impressive oeuvre performed in two recitals: Thursday and Friday, March 15 and 16, at 5pm at St Paul’s Church, calle Cardo.

The New York Times praised Dowling, calling him “an especially impressive fine pianist,” and celebrity ragtime pianist Max Morath said “Richard Dowling’s mastery of the Joplin rags invokes a tenderness that charms us and a technical command that inspires our admiration.” Dowling himself explains his vision of recreating Joplin’s works as being “guided by a desire to honor the wishes of Scott Joplin … To that end, I have purposefully chosen to perform Joplin’s works mostly unembellished as he desired, indulging in only a few improvisational flourishes in repeats from time to time.”

While Dowling is particularly known for his expertise in Joplin’s style, he is also a renowned classical pianist, performing in concert halls such as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Since the Joplin premiere at Carnegie Hall in 2017, Dowling began an almost 100-concert tour honoring the sesquicentennial and centennial of Joplin’s birth and death, respectively. His Complete Piano Works of Scott Joplin three-disc set, released by Rivermont Records, was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Thursday’s concert will include such favorites as “Maple Leaf Rag,” “The Augustan Club Waltzes,” “Kismet Rag,” and “Binks Waltz.” Friday’s recital will feature some of his greatest works, like “The Entertainer,” “Gladiolus Rag,” “Wall Street Rag,” and “Solace.”

In the words of Dowling, “Foremost is my goal to reveal Joplin’s compositional mastery by carefully observing phrasing, voice leading, placement of rests, use of ties, articulations, and dynamics, and by sensitively balancing the melody and accompaniment between the hands and discreetly manipulating the pedals for effect.” The energy and nuance of this spectacular concert should not be missed!

Tickets for these concerts are 150, 300, and 400 pesos donation each and are on sale through our website (with no booking fees), at Solutions on Recreo 11, and at Tesoros in the Biblioteca. They are also available at La Conexión, only at Aldama 3 and at the concert 45 minutes before performance time.

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Pro Musica Concert Series presents

Richard Dowling

Thu and Fri, March 15 and 16, 5 pm

St Paul’s Church, Cardo 6

150, 300, 400 pesos


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