Scott Kirby Brings Scott Joplin To Life

Thursday, January 4, 2024

4 JANUARY 2024



AIKEN, SC – The Center for African American History, Art & Culture presents Scott Joplin: American Genius, a lecture concert with Scott Kirby on January 19 at 7 p.m.

This program combines live piano music, historical information, and insight into the life and music of one of America’s most important composers, Scott Joplin.

On January 18, 2024, Kirby will perform two in-school outreach performances at a middle and high school within Aiken County. On January 19, Kirby will perform a concert on the second floor of the Center.

A native of Ohio, Scott Kirby began his professional music career as a street performer. In the following four years, he recorded the complete rags of Scott Joplin. He made his debut at all of the major ragtime festivals in the United States and other festivals in Belgium, France, Norway, New Zealand, and Hungary.

Kirby has served as Musical Director of the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, MO, and of the Rocky Mountain Ragtime and American Music Festival in Boulder, CO, and director of the San Juan Islands Ragtime Institute. His appearances included a segment on CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood in 1998. At the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Kirby co-founded a record company (Viridiana Productions, L.L.C.), made 25 recordings, and composed over 150 original works for piano and other instruments.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Center is located at 120 York Street NE, Aiken, SC.

For more information about the Center please visit

For more information, contact Juanita Campbell,CAAHAC Museum Coordinator.

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