Saturday, February 28, 2015, at 8 p.m.
, Jazz Pianist
Music from the 1890s to the 1930s
, a Theatre favorite, is back with a rousing Ragtime piano concert.
performs solo piano works by composers such as Scott Joplin, Joseph Lamb, Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, Zez Confrey, Eubie Blake, George Gershwin, Claude Debussy, and Billy Mayerl.
"Ragtime can be thought of as Dixieland jazz for solo piano," says Wilson
explains, Ragtime music can sound as if the tuba and banjo are being played by the left hand while the melody in the right hand is being played on a trumpet or clarinet.
In 2013, pianist Russell Wilson won first place in the World Championship Old Time Piano Playing contest and in 2010, he won first place in the Carolina Ragtime Competition and second place in the World Championship Old Time Piano Playing contest.
Since 2002, he has been a member of the Presidents Own US Marine Band where he plays all kinds of music styles on the piano, harpsichord, accordion, and keyboard in public concerts and private receptions at the White House and around the Washington, D.C. area.
wife, Elizabeth, live in College Park, Maryland, with their four children.