The 4th Annual Oakhurst Ragtime Festival gets underway Friday with a 5:30 p.m. dinner and concert at the Oakhurst Community Center.
“April 13-15 will prove to be filled with rousing music and good food for ragtime fans,” said Oakhurst Ragtime Association President Marty Pupka. “The Ragtime Festival will bring musicians from around the state and as far as Idaho to Oakhurst for three days. Opening night will feature all nine musicians that are performing during the festival. This is a fun weekend and we hope the community will come out and support these talented performers.”
One featured artist will be Will Perkins who plays ‘stride’ jazz on the piano, a style that developed on the east coast in the larger cities in the 20s and 30s with a wider range of tempos and a greater emphasis on improvisation.
Perkins began performing at age 14 and is currently studying at Brigham Young University.
Also performing over the weekend is a composer and a Carnegie Hall performer, Larisa Migachyov, who despite eight years of classical training in Russia, got hooked on Ragtime and has since composed almost 40 rag tunes. When not playing at Ragtime events, she is a patent attorney.
Two popular Southern California composers, musicians, and pianists John Reed-Torres and Vincent Johnson will be joined by Sacramento’s Steve and Robyn Drivon on drums and tuba and Julia Riley on flute.
Saturday afternoon’s performance will feature youth performer, Anthony Sarginson, 16, from Clovis. Sarginson is now studying with Professor Andreas Wertz at Fresno State. Sunday, the event moves to Oakhurst Lutheran church.
☆ Friday evening, April 13: 5:30 p.m. dinner, 6:30- 9:30 p.m. Ragtime Razzmataz. Dinner and music $16 or $20 at the door. Music $12 at the door at the Oakhurst Community Center.
☆ Saturday afternoon, April 14: 1:30-2 p.m., Ice Cream Social featuring youth performer Anthony Sarginson, 2-4:30 p.m. Ragtime Concert, $7.50 at the door. Kids admitted free with an adult.
☆ Saturday evening, April 14: 5:30 p.m. dinner, 6:30-9 pm, Ragtime Concert. Dinner and music $20 or $24 at the door. Music only $12 at the door.
☆ Sunday afternoon, April 15: 1-3 p.m. finale concert by donation at Oakhurst Lutheran Church.
Major sponsors for the event are Sierra Tel and Yosemite Bank.
Details: Tickets are available at Dorsey’s Hallmark or Oakhurst Giftworks, or by phone at (559) 683-7860 - Marty Pupka, (559) 658-7726.