CAMDEN — The Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St., presents a multimedia book celebration “King of Ragtime” Sunday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m. The family matinee runs an hour and a quarter, and features live music, projections of book art, and narration.

Stephen Costanza Photo by Eva G. Hopkins

“King of Ragtime,” a biography of Scott Joplin, is the latest youth reader book by author, illustrator and pianist Stephen Costanza of North Haven, whose previous books include “Mozart Finds a Melody” and “Vivaldi and the Invisible Orchestra.” For this musical multimedia presentation, Costanza will play the opera house’s Steinway piano and a Clavinova. He will be joined on stage by young Rita Brown on flute; Maria Keeler on violin; Edith Gawler on vocals, fiddle and gourd banjo; and Zeb Campbell on vocals, guitar and banjo. Pianist Alden Mills will play popular hits from the 1890s through the 1920s before the show (doors open 1:30 p.m.).

Released last fall by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Costanza’s “King of Ragtime: The Story of Scott Joplin” is critically acclaimed, receiving Starred Reviews in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews and Booklist. Kirkus praised the lushly illustrated and engagingly written book as “… a biography as bouncy and colorful as ragtime itself.”

Tickets for the “King of Ragtime” family show are family priced at $10, $5 for those younger than 16. Masks are required inside the building, and the choose-your-own reserved seating system inserts a couple of social distance seats each side of ticketing parties. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 236-3154.

Artwork by Stephen Costanza