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Ragtime pianist at Braumart

May 17, 2012
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - Ragtime pianist Bob Milne will be performing at the Historic Braumart Theater on East B Street, Thursday, June 7 at 7 p.m. as part of Bring Back the Braumart 2012.

All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Braumart effort to purchase, revitalize and operate this beautiful, old building as a community cultural arts center.

Advance tickets for adults $15 and $10 for students 12 to 18. Children under 12 admitted free with an adult. $20 Adults and $15 Students at the door. Tickets are available at: Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce; Jim's Music-Iron Mountain; the Drug Store; Music Tree or by calling 906-282-6807.

Milne is considered by many to be the best ragtime/boogie-woogie pianist in the world.

He specializes in this music style that developed in America in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Although Milne comes from a classical background, excelling as a French horn virtuoso at Eastman School of Music, he is completely self-taught as a pianist, playing totally by ear.

When he took up saloon piano-playing on the side he discovered the fun of entertaining his listeners.

Making himself a dedicated student and presenter of this American musical form, he acquired both a vast repertoire of tunes and extensive knowledge of their origins.

He became fascinated by how much his listeners enjoyed ragtime and boogie-woogie music. His "internship" lasted 25 years.

Milne naturally progressed to the concert stage and is now performing across the country, and sometimes beyond, from concert halls to festivals and everything in between.

He is still having fun entertaining his audiences by exhibiting ballistic speed as well as subtle harmonies.

It comes as no surprise that the Library of Congress designated him a "National Treasure" when they documented his expertise for future generations. The U.S. State Department has utilized him as a "Musical Ambassador" in Japan and Switzerland.

Milne brings endless enthusiasm, enchanting ease of playing and an engaging manner while telling stories about Ragtime and Boogie-Woogie music with humor and charm.

Sponsors of this program include Results Broadcasting and Champion Inc. of Iron Mountain.



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