W.C. Handy http://redriverradio.org en Savannah Music Festival: Marcus Roberts Solo 2013 http://redriverradio.org/post/savannah-music-festival-marcus-roberts-solo-2013 <div><strong>Airs Thursday, March 6 at 8 p.m.&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When you survey the history of the piano in </span>20th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> century American music, there are several individuals, composers and standards, particularly within jazz and popular songs. Performing a recital that traverses these figures and movements, while ensuring that your renditions remain original, is quite a challenge. In the spring of 2013, pianist Marcus Roberts played a concert at our festival that surveyed a broad cross section of </span>20th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> century American music. While he's been featured in a variety of musical contexts at our festival over the past decade, Marcus played a 75-minute recital that included distinctive interpretations of works by Scott Joplin, W.C. Handy, James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington as well as some original works and gospel pieces. Tune in to hear highlights from this 2013 </span>SMF<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> concert by the inimitable Marcus Roberts.&nbsp;</span></div><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 02:00:00 +0000 40884 at http://redriverradio.org Savannah Music Festival: Marcus Roberts Solo 2013 Savannah Music Festival: Piano Showdown Part Two http://redriverradio.org/post/savannah-music-festival-piano-showdown-part-two-1 <div><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Airs Thursday, January 30 at 8 p.m.&nbsp;</span></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When new styles of American music began to emerge at the end of the </span>19th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> century, the primary instrument at the center of these creations was the piano. Virtuosos such as ragtime stylist Scott Joplin created works like the "Maple Leaf Rag" that would sell over a million copies of sheet music alone. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 02:00:00 +0000 39482 at http://redriverradio.org Savannah Music Festival: Piano Showdown Part Two