The Charles Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival is sponsored by the University Library and the Charles Templeton Sr. Music Museum as a means of enhancing the research in the area of ragtime music, increasing the awareness of the Templeton collection housed in the MSU Library and introducing people to the sounds of Ragtime being performed by world-renowned ragtime musicians.
The festival is comprised of a blend of major concerts, mini-concerts, seminars and tours of the Music Museum. Seminars will be held in Mitchell Memorial Library and major concerts will be held at the McComas Hall Auditorium on the MSU Campus.
The mission of the Charles H. Templeton, Sr. Music Museum is to tell the story about the "business of music", the moods music generates and influence of music on today's society. The museum will endeavor to accomplish this mission by allowing the three collections, of sheet music, recordings and self-playing music machines and memorabilia, to work in concert through interaction and study in providing opportunities encompassing knowledge and research.
Sponsored in part by grants from the Starkville Area Arts Council, Starkville Rotary, Starkville Convention & Visitors Bureau as well as a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
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