All daytime events are held in the Templeton Music Museum. Evening concerts are held in McComas Hall.

Thursday, March 26

Special Event: "Gatsby Gala"

MSU Fashion Board members will present fashions inspired in the 1920s and designed by Apparel, Textile and Merchandising students in Mitchell Memorial Library's second-floor lobby, transformed for the evening into the Gatsby mansion. Festival performers will provide entertainment. Admission is free. All participants are encouraged to dress for an evening of fun inspired by "The Great Gatsby." A reception will follow..

Friday, March 27

Tour of the Charles Templeton Collection: "Sheet Music Showcase"

Hosted by Chip Templeton and Jeff Barnhart

Group chat moderated by Jeff Barnhart with all of our performers


Silent Movies with Jeff Barnhart




Talk at the Piano - with Dave Majchrzak


"Main Street Souvenirs" - a multimedia presentation with Scott Kirby

A multi-media stage performance featuring live piano music, a spoken narrative, and a video presentation. This visual "projected" dimension of the program will accompany both the narrative and the music throughout, and will consist of Kirby's original artwork, his video footage, his photography, and archival photos. The narrative, also written by Kirby, reflects a thematic progression, weaving different concepts about small town American life together with musical, visual and literary examples which illustrate these themes (see below.) The music in the first half will span 150 years of Americana, including Scott Joplin, Stephen Foster and John Philip Sousa, and continuing up to the present. The second half will feature Kirby's original compositions, paintings, photography, literary excerpts and a narrative all exploring historical and visionary dimensions of the American Great Plains and Prairies.

Free time for performers




Doors open for Concert


Friday Night Concert: Scott Kirby, Dave Majchrzak, Richard Dowling, Ivory&Gold®


Friday After-Hours

Saturday, March 28

Tour of the Charles Templeton Collection: “Presenting the RCA Music and Sound Machines”

Hosted by Lynda Graham and Jeff Barnhart

The Unique Qualities of Rags, Novelty, Tangos, Stride, Boogie, Terra Verde: A Piano Primer

All performers discuss and demonstrate.

Silent Movies with Jeff Barnhart




"Why Joplin is Truly the King of Ragtime: A Musical Discussion and Demonstration" - a Talk at the Piano with Richard Dowling

While learning, relearning, and polishing 18 Joplin rags over these past several months, a couple of things about his music have struck me very significantly. Of course it goes without saying that like Mozart he had the amazing ability to come up with catchy, memorable melodies. But upon closer inspection of his music (as I've been analyzing and memorizing) I've started to zero in on why his music is better than other ragtime composers of the era. Besides his immortal melodies, he often paid careful attention to detail in the craftsmanship of harmonic inner voices and especially in his choice of bass line progressions (specifically choosing certain chord inversions over "plain" tonic versions). In addition, I have found his placement of rests to be very "musical." (I believe that Mozart once said that silences were the most important part in music, or something to that effect.) He also included special performance indications (besides the ubiquitous "Do Not Play Ragtime Fast" admonition). See the final section of Gladious for example...although it's VERY tempting to play it fast and very "jazzy" with a lot of thumping in the left hand and a lot of "swing," Joplin actually writes sostenuto sempre - legato. You can't get much more expressive and "classical" than that! Anyway...all of this is to say that I think I could give an interesting talk on the classical aspects of Joplin's music (demonstrating examples along the way of course). In my opinion, all of these careful compositional choices give his music much more expressivity and a higher standard of quality overall...but alas, they are not obvious. A performer has to become aware of them and take the time to "reveal" them to the audience. I suppose that's the mark of a top shelf composer...hiding your tracks, so to speak. Maurice Ravel definitely was one of those composers. As Sergei Rachmaninoff once said, "Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music." Great music takes a lifetime of study and practice to reveal its secrets. In carefully studying Joplin these past few months I have a renewed respect for his genius.

"Unlocking the Mysteries of Accompaniment and Musical Communication," or, "Playing Nicely with Others in the Musical Sandbox" - a Talk at the Piano with Ivory&Gold®


Free time and Dinner


Doors open for Concert


Saturday Night Concert - Richard Dowling, Ivory&Gold®, Scott Kirby, Dave Majchrzak

Saturday After-Hours