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Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Presents Legacy Year Benefit Concert

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by Eric last modified Feb 27, 2014

MacArthur Genius Award winner and celebrated ragtime pianist Reginald Robinson will perform 7 pm and 8:30 pm, Saturday, May 17 at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park, IL in a benefit concert for the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Tickets for the one-hour concert will be $15 for the general public and $12 for Trust members. Details after the jump... The concert will be presented as part of the Trust’s All Wright Architectural Housewalk, which...




 

 

Reginald Robinson_concertMacArthur Genius Award winner and celebrated ragtime pianist Reginald Robinson will perform 7 pm and 8:30 pm, Saturday, May 17 at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park, IL in a benefit concert for the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Tickets for the one-hour concert will be $15 for the general public and $12 for Trust members. Details after the jump...


The concert will be presented as part of the Trust’s All Wright Architectural Housewalk, which celebrates the 125th anniversary of Wright’s Home and Studio and the 40th anniversary of the Trust.
 
In the early 1890s, just as Frank Lloyd Wright was beginning to articulate his vision for a uniquely American architectural vocabulary from his Home and Studio in Oak Park, a new art form known as ragtime emerged as one of the country’s first vernacular musical styles. Known for its “ragged,” syncopated rhythms and buoyant melodies, ragtime was popularized by composers such as James Scott, Joseph Lamb and Scott Joplin. Ragtime entered the mainstream of American culture in 1893 during the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
 
Reginald Robinson is an internationally recognized, self-taught pianist, composer, recording artist and educator. He developed a love for jazz as a child and, in 1986, after hearing a group of musicians perform Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer” at an assembly at his middle school, Robinson was inspired to learn the art of ragtime. Robinson’s parents purchased a piano the following year and, without money for music lessons, he began to teach himself to read and write music—a strenuous task that involved creating original piano drills and quizzes and the close study of musical scores and vintage recordings. Robinson began his professional career as a musician in 1992 when pianist Jon Weber helped him record his first album, The Strongman. The recording was used the following year for the official Delmark Record release of the same name. In 2004, Robinson was awarded the prestigious MacArthur “Genius” Award for his innovation in ragtime composition and research. Since then, he has performed as a soloist internationally and as a guest artist with the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Chicago Sinfonietta, Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire, Fulcrum Point and The Arts Center Jazz Ensemble. Robinson premiered four new works written especially for and in collaboration with Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago for its December 2013 performance of Memories N’ Time.

More information and tickets available here.


 

 

 
 
 

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