Category Archives: Past Events

Frederick Hodges

Coming November 12, 2017

Performer: Frederick Hodges
Date: November 12, 2017
Time:  2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Jordan Kitts Music
8500 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031
Ticket Prices: $14.00 Adult, $13.00 Senior/Student, $8.00 Child
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internet by using your credit card
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and mail back the form below, along with your check.
The Northern Virginia Ragtime Society
P.O. Box  6138
Falls Church, VA 22040-6138

Online ticket sales for this event are closed.

About the Artist

Frederick Hodges hailed in the press as one of the best concert pianists in the world, Frederick Hodges has established a reputation specializing in late romantic music as well as Ragtime, Broadway, and Hollywood musicals of the first half of the twentieth century by America’s best composers, such as George Gershwin and Cole Porter.
He maintains a busy concert schedule of stage, television, radio, and film appearances around the globe. Additionally, he is a much sought-after silent film accompanist for both live performances and DVD. He performs regularly at the Hollywood Heritage Museum, the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum in California, the Cinecon Film Festival in Hollywood, The TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, The San Francisco Silent Film Festival, and at silent film festivals around the country. He also performs at music festivals around the country, such as the Sacramento Music Festival, the West Coast Ragtime Festival, and the Sedalia Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival.
His website is: www.frederickhodges.com.

Brian Holland

Coming September 17, 2017

Performer: Brian Holland
Date: September 17, 2017
Time:  2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Jordan Kitts Music
8500 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031
Ticket Prices: $14.00 Adult, $13.00 Senior/Student
ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED

You can order tickets for this concert over the internet by using your credit card and the PayPal service.

You can also order tickets by mail. Just print and mail back the form below, along with your check.
The Northern Virginia Ragtime Society
P.O.Box  6138
Falls Church, VA 22040-6138

Online ticket sales for this event are closed.

About the Artist

Brian Holland is an internationally renowned pianist, composer, recording artist, and entertainer who has enjoyed a music career spanning more than 35 years. After spending his formative years playing in pizza parlors and clubs throughout Indiana, Brian’s career flourished when he discovered the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest. In 1999, he won his third title and was retired as “undefeated”. Brian has played with some of the hottest jazz bands in the US – Titan Hot Seven, Wally’s Warehouse Waifs, the Holland Rhythm Company, and others – and has traveled all over the world performing his creative styles of jazz, ragtime, stride, boogie, and blues. Brian has multiple solo and ensemble recordings to his credit, and has garnered a Grammy nomination for his work with Bud Dresser on their album, “Ragtime-Goodtime-Jazz”. Brian is very proud to be the Artistic Director for the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival (Sedalia, MO – June), and Co-Artistic Consultant for the Monterey Jazz Bash by the Bay (Monterey, CA – March).

Dave Majchrzak

Coming March 19, 2017

Performer: Dr, Dave Majchrzak
Date: March 19, 2017
Time:  2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Jordan Kitts Music
8500 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031
Ticket Prices: $14.00 Adult, $13.00 Senior/Student
ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED

You can order tickets for this concert over the internet by using your credit card and the PayPal service.

You can also order tickets by mail. Just print and mail back the form below, along with your check.
The Northern Virginia Ragtime Society
P.O.Box  6138
Falls Church, VA 22040-6138

Online ticket sales for this event are closed.

About the Artist

Dr. Dave Majchrzak started playing the piano at age 6. Although not classically trained, his early teachers instructed him in chord theory and in applying that to improvisation. At 12, Dave’s elementary school music teacher put him in touch with Steve “Stubby” Heist, a local ragtime performer at a pizza parlor. “Stubby” quickly took Dave under his wing and started him in classical Ragtime. For the next several years, Dave could be found frequenting the pizza parlor to practice his Ragtime skills. At 16, Dave began his professional career on the St. Louis Riverfront excursion boats. Playing regularly, from solo spots to 5-piece groups, helped Dave hone his improvisational skills.

Dave graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986, and began practicing in Indianapolis, IN. Soon, thereafter followed the start of his family and an eventual return to St. Louis to continue his veterinary career. It wasn’t long before the “Ragtime Bug” struck again, and Dave returned to the St. Louis Riverfront and to his spot in the Don Scherrer Banjo Bands. In that role, he has performed at every VP Fair on the St. Louis Riverfront and continues to perform on the excursion boats to this day. It was not until his entrance into the St .Louis Stompers Classic Jazz Band in 1998, that Dave got serious about music again. He currently performs with the Stompers both in St Louis, as well as at national festivals from Florida to California. While holding down his spot in the rhythm section, he also does most of the bands arrangements. Most recently, Dave has joined Red Lehr’s St. Louis Rivermen and Powerhouse Five Traditional Jazz Bands and has been honored with the late Trebor Tichenor’s spot in the St. Louis Ragtimers. Don Franz, the tuba player with the St . Louis Ragtimers introduced Dave to the late Jan Hamilton Douglas and a quick, but brief, friendship was forged. With Jan’s urging, Dave started practicing and learning new rags. That experience, and his relationship with Don Franz, led to finally meeting the great Trebor Tichenor and Al Stricker, two other members of the St. Louis Ragtimers. With Trebor’s assistance, Dave gained an invite to the Scott Joplin International Festival in 2000 and hasn’t looked back since.
Dave has appeared at the festival in Sedalia every year since and was named the 2007 Artist in Residence for the Scott Joplin Ragtime Foundation. He has also been the Artistic Director in Sedalia from 2008-2015.  He has retired and is now just one of the gang again. Simultaneously, he was the Music Director for the Chippewa Valley Ragtime Festival, in Eau Claire, WI, from 2010 through 2014. Dr. Dave has performed at the Blind Boone Ragtime Festival in Columbia, MO, regularly makes appearances at the Chippewa Valley Ragtime Festival where he was a headliner in 2007, the Grand Internatiional Ragtime Festival in Alexandria Bay, NY, and Zehnder’s Ragtime Festival in Frankenmuth, MI and at the Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Classic in Clearwater, FL. He regularly performs at the Scott Joplin State Historic Site in St. Louis, MO. and performs concerts throughout the country.
For more information about Dr. Dave Majchrzak, visit his website:  http://ragtimedrdave.net/

Bryan Wright

Bryan S. Wright

Coming January 22, 2017

Performer:  Bryan S. Wright
Date: January 22, 2017
Time:  2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Jordan Kitts Music
8500 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031
Ticket Prices: $14.00 Adult, $13.00 Senior/Student
ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED

You can order tickets for this concert over the internet by using your credit card and the PayPal service.

You can also order tickets by mail. Just print and mail back the form below, along with your check.
The Northern Virginia Ragtime Society
P.O.Box  6138
Falls Church, VA 22040-6138

Online ticket sales for this event are closed.

About the Artist

Bryan S. Wright, of Pittsburgh, PA, is a pianist and musicologist based at the University of Pittsburgh where he teaches courses in music history. Classically trained as a pianist from age 5, Bryan enjoys playing a variety of syncopated piano music, from classic and modern rags to piano novelties, tangos, and early jazz. With his wife, Yuko, he has performed across the United States and abroad. He is founder and executive producer of Rivermont Records, a Grammy-nominated label devoted to ragtime, dance bands, and early jazz. Bryan also avidly collects 78 rpm records and hosts a podcast, The Shellac Stack, featuring period recordings of ragtime and early jazz bands. Bryan has released two solo piano albums, Syncopated Musings and Breakin’ Notes, and recently collaborated with Brian Holland and Danny Coots for the CD and DVD Live from Buenos Aires.
Visit Bryan online at: http://www.bryanswright.com/

Max Keenlyside

Coming November 13th, 2016

Performer:Max Keenlyside
Date: November13, 2016
Time:  2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Jordan Kitts Music
8500 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031
Ticket Prices: $14.00 Adult, $13.00 Senior/Student
ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED

You can order tickets for this concert over the internet by using your credit card and the PayPal service.

Online ticket sales for this event are closed.

You can also order tickets by mail. Just print and mail back the form below, along with your check.
The Northern Virginia Ragtime Society
P.O.Box  6138
Falls Church, VA 22040-6138

About the Artist

Max Keenlyside is a dazzling pianist and formidable composer in the music world. Born in 1991 and starting in music at the age of ten, he has written and performed music in ragtime, stride, and classical styles, gaining a reputation as a top young artist in his field.

In 2009, Max represented Prince Edward Island in the National Artist’s Program, held in the conjunction with the Canada Games. A favorite at jazz and ragtime events around the world, he has headlined at major festivals across North America including the Scott Joplin, West Coast Ragtime, and Blind Boone festivals. While equally at home in ragtime and classical styles, he is especially lauded for his stride and traditional jazz styles of Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller and James P. Johnson. Max plays with a stylistic flair and ear for detail.

Having composed since elementary school, Max has gained critical acclaim for works in many genres. He wrote concert band processional music for his own high school graduation and his “Northern Lights Rag” has become a fixture on the ragtime scene. In 2014, Max completed his Symphony No 1, Op 27 for orchestra – a 35 minute work in the grand tradition.

In addition to festivals, Max has given a program for a live audience on CBC Radio. His debut release, KeenlyStride, was issued in 2010 on the Rivermont label. This was followed by Mostly Max in 2012, featuring a plethora of Max’s original composition alongside the old classics. Max performs around North America, and is completing his undergraduate studies at Mount Allison University.

For more information about Max Keenlyside, visit his website: http://www.maxkeenlyside.ca

Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi

SOLD OUT!!

Coming May 22nd

Performer: Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi
Date: May 22, 2016
Time:  2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Jordan Kitts Music
8500 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031
Ticket Prices: $14.00 Adult, $13.00 Senior/Student
ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED

You can order tickets for this concert over the
internet by using your credit card
and the PayPal service.

You can also order tickets by mail. Just print
and mail back the form below, along with your check.
The Northern Virginia Ragtime Society
P.O.Box  6138
Falls Church, VA 22040-6138

 About Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi

Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi met at a piano festival in Boswil, Switzerland, in 2008 and started to work together in 2011 on a four-hands piano project dedicated to classic jazz, preparing arrangements of songs from the swing era, as well as drawing from the ragtime and blues repertoire. The convention of four hands on one piano is very common in classical music but a fairly rare occurrence in jazz, due to the fact that jazz is an improvised music.
Following the 2012 release of their first recording project, Two for One, they have been invited to many festivals and events in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Their second CD, Sentimental Journey (2014), shows their commitment to the formula of four-hands duets on one piano. Their latest two albums, Double Trio Live 2015 and Double Trio Always (2016), present the classic configuration of the jazz trio – piano, bass, and drums – with piano in four hands instead of two. This combination gives Alderighi and Trick the possibility of creating arrangements of songs that include moments in trio for each pianist (which is why the project is called “Double Trio”), in which the stylistic differences between the two emerge in their individual improvisational styles, as well as moments of “tutti,” in which the four-hands duet is sustained by bass and drums. Alderighi and Trick have performed in a variety of venues in the United States and in Europe, including the Sacramento Music Festival; the West Coast Ragtime Festival in Sacramento; the Monterey Dixieland Jazz Festival, the San Diego Jazz Festival, the Kobe Jazz Street Festival in Kobe, Japan; the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland; the KIG Dixieland Festival in Dresden, Germany; the Ascona Jazz Festival in Ascona, Switzerland; the Bohém Ragtime & Jazz Festival in Kecskemét, Hungary; Teatro Dal Verme Milano, Jazzland Wien, Bülach Jazz Club, Jazz Bistro in Toronto, and other jazz clubs.

Bill McNally

Coming March 13th – Bill McNallyIMG_4428

Performer: Bill McNally
Date: March 13, 2016
Time:  2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Jordan Kitts Music
8500 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031
Ticket Prices: $14.00 Adult, $13.00 Senior/Student
ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED
You can order tickets by mail. Just print and mail back the form below, along with your check.
The Northern Virginia Ragtime Society
P.O.Box  6138
Falls Church, VA 22040-6138

You can also order tickets for this concert on-line by using your credit card and the PayPal service.

Online ticket sales for this event are closed.

 About Bill McNally

Pittsburgh native William McNally has been musically inclined since the age of three, and began his formal piano studies at age seven. Shortly after his ninth birthday, he performed for the first time in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as a winner of the AMSA World Piano Competition; he has since played there three more times. Anthoni Tommasini of the New York Times has called him “exhilarating” “adventurous,” and “commanding,” and Rob Haskins of the American Record Guide lauds Mr. McNally’s “crystal-clear articulation and phrasing” and his “indefinable enthusiasm.”

A multifaceted musician, Mr. McNally has been widely recognized as a ragtime pianist and composer. He is the first three-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest’ New Rag Contest, and has appeared at ragtime festivals around the country.

Currently, Mr. McNally is writing his doctoral dissertation on the reception history of revival-era ragtime composers. He has presented a paper on the transatlantic voyages of ragtime at the Society for American Music 2014 Conference.

In the spring of 2008, Mr. McNally inaugurated the Music4MS concert series, in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. He produced, directed, performed on, and wrote program notes for the series, which featured some of the brightest rising stars on the classical scene.

With his wife Daria Rabotkina, Mr. McNally studied at the Mannes College of Music, receiving Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees in piano performance. Following Mannes, he received a second Masters degree from Temple University, this time with a double major in piano pedagogy and chamber music.

Recently, Mr. McNally served as Adjunct Professor of Piano and Artist-in-Residence at Temple University and taught at Settlement Music School. Currently he is in pursuit of a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center as a recipient of an Enhanced Chancellor’s Fellowship. He also serves on the faculty at Baruch College and has worked as a writing fellow at Queens College.

An amateur cyclist, he rode the 340-mile Great Allegheny Passage from Pittsburgh to Washington DC in three days.

Read more about Bill McNally on his website at http://williammcnally.com/

Online ticket sales for this event are closed.

Perfessor Bill Edwards

Perfessor Bill Edwards

Coming Jan 31st – Perfessor Bill Edwards

Performer: Bill Edwards
Date: January 31, 2015
Time:  2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Jordan Kitts Music
8500 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031Ticket Prices: $14.00 Adult, $13.00 Senior/Student
ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED

You can order tickets for this concert over the
internet by using your credit card
and the PayPal service.

You can also order tickets by mail. Just print
and mail back the form below, along with your check.
The Northern Virginia Ragtime Society
P.O.Box  6138
Falls Church, VA 22040-6138

Online ticket sales for this event are closed.

 About Bill Edwards

Bill Edwards discovered Ragtime when he was 6 years old and hasn’t been able to leave it alone since. Learning initially from records by Paul Lingle, Frankie Carle and Lou Busch, he later discovered it was available in print form and started accumulating ragtime scores in his teens. Bill started his professional career in California in the late 1970s. In the 1980s he resided part time in Durango, CO and played in the Diamond Belle Saloon at the Strater Hotel. Bill has lived in Virginia since 1986 and for many years was a featured entertainer at the Fish Market in Alexandria. Bill has many CDs and has performed with many prestigious traditional jazz bands, and worked with and opened for a variety of well-known artists, including Dave Brubeck, Al Hirt, Mel Tillis and Jo Ann Castle. Bill is an active researcher of selected composers and ragtime music and applies his passion for music on his website: www.perfessorbill.com.

Enlightenment Through Entertainment

As a scholar of Ragtime and a performing preservationist of Ragtime piano and Old-Time music I have many definitive goals in mind. First and foremost is to entertain all that come to listen. The music itself is entertainment to many, but the performer needs to strive to enhance that music and inject his best qualities into it. This will ulti­mately generate more interest in both the music and the performer, and provide good word of mouth for both as well. What I do on the stage is not really a lecture, not so much a seminar, and not strictly a musical show; rather, I would call it an entertainment. – Perfessor Bill Edwards

BILL will present many styles of music from the Ragtime Era and associated genres, such as Novelty and early Stride piano.

More Concert Information: http://www.perfessorbill.com/concert.shtml

Since 1984, Mr. Edwards has amassed an impressive repertoire of over 40 CD recordings,  most of which are still currently available. They cover everything from traditional classic ragtime to early popular song, and even two blues collections. There are always more recordings in the works, and a number of them have been driven and formulated by listener requests, including those generated by his Ragtime MIDI and Sheet Music Covers page. He has further amassed a collection of original ragtime compositions, including an award winning rag in 2001 titled The Necromancer (used with other pieces of Bill’s in the 2004 feature Ghosts of Edendale), his 2002 award winner The Wiener Schnitzel Rag, and his first original syncopated piece from 1985, The Hanon Rag, which premiered while he was still at Fort Lewis College. His 2014 composition Lovely Laughing Lucilletook first prize for that year’s initial Blind Boone Ragtime Festival Composition Contest.

Read more about Perfessor Bill Edwards at his website http://www.perfessorbill.com/

Frederick Hodges

Coming November 12, 2017

Performer: Frederick Hodges
Date: November 12, 2017
Time:  2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Jordan Kitts Music
8500 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031
Ticket Prices: $14.00 Adult, $13.00 Senior/Student, $8.00 Child
ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED

You can order tickets for this concert over the
internet by using your credit card
and the PayPal service.

You can also order tickets by mail. Just print
and mail back the form below, along with your check.
The Northern Virginia Ragtime Society
P.O. Box  6138
Falls Church, VA 22040-6138

About the Artist

Frederick Hodges hailed in the press as one of the best concert pianists in the world, Frederick Hodges has established a reputation specializing in late romantic music as well as Ragtime, Broadway, and Hollywood musicals of the first half of the twentieth century by America’s best composers, such as George Gershwin and Cole Porter.
He maintains a busy concert schedule of stage, television, radio, and film appearances around the globe. Additionally, he is a much sought-after silent film accompanist for both live performances and DVD. He performs regularly at the Hollywood Heritage Museum, the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum in California, the Cinecon Film Festival in Hollywood, The TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, The San Francisco Silent Film Festival, and at silent film festivals around the country. He also performs at music festivals around the country, such as the Sacramento Music Festival, the West Coast Ragtime Festival, and the Sedalia Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival.
His website is: www.frederickhodges.com.