Music in the Stacks: Greg Lief

Calendar Date:
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 6:30pm

Join us for a lively evening of piano ragtime! Ragtime was a musical genre popular around the turn of the 20th century, distinguished by its syncopated or "ragged" rhythm. From its humble beginnings in the red-light districts of St. Louis and New Orleans, it became popular as piano sheet music. Scott Joplin was arguably the most talented ragtime composer. In 1899 his "Maple Leaf Rag" became ragtime's first and most influential hit. After his death in 1917, he was largely forgotten until the ragtime revival of the early 1970s. The 1973 film The Sting featured several Joplin rags, most notably "The Entertainer". In 1976, Joplin was posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize. Greg Lief has been playing the piano since the age of four. After eight years of classical training, he saw The Sting, which swayed him to learn ragtime. His current repertoire is equally split between classical and ragtime, and he performs regularly in the Portland area.