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Jenks Ragtime Review postponed to 2021

By Susan Mustapich | Aug 06, 2020
The 2nd annual Glenn Jenks Ragtime Revue, postponed to October 2021, celebrates the music of the well-known composer and performer, who passed away in 2016.

CAMDEN — The second annual Glenn Jenks Ragtime Revue, originally slated for Oct. 11 at the Camden Opera House, has been rescheduled to 2021.

Artists scheduled to perform this year have all agreed to perform in the 2021 Revue, according to the show's producer Aaron Robinson.

The Revue will take place Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, at 2 p.m., and will feature the classical achievements of Jenks' career and repertoire.

Headliners will be award winning pianists Stephanie Trick and husband Paolo Alderighi. Trick, known for her stride piano style and Alderighi, a jazz pianist, perform throughout the United States, Europe and Japan.

Susan Boyce, who headlined the Harvest Ragtime Revue with Jenks every year, will receive the Glenn Jenks Ragtime Emeritus Award.

Dancer and mime artist Karen Montanaro will be featured in the Revue. She also performed in Harvest Ragtime Revues with her husband Tony Montanaro, who passed away in 2002.

The DaPonte String Quartet will perform Jenks' celebrated String Quartet in Ragtime.

MidCoast Community Chorus and St. Cecelia Choir, featuring operatic soloist Erin Chenard, will perform three selections from Scott Joplin's opera Treemonisha.

The decision to postpone until next year was made by the Board of the Ragtime Revue Board, Robinson said.

In October 2019, Robinson, a well-known Maine composer and musician, launched the inaugural Glenn Jenks Ragtime Revue.

The Revue, which features Jenks' music performed by world-class musicians, revived and updated a tradition Jenks began in 1989 with the annual Harvest Ragtime Revue. Every October, the annual shows, which continued through the 1990s, brought what Robinson describes as "a musical extravaganza of entertainment featuring ragtime piano, dance humor and song" bringing fans from near and far to Camden.

Jenks, who died unexpectedly in 2016, was a prolific composer. Working with Jenks' wife Faith, who maintains her husband's archives, Robinson has published Glenn Jenks: The Complete Works for Piano, containing 36 ragtime works.

Ed Berlin, in The Syncopated Times' August 2020 issue (syncopatedtimes.com), calls The Complete Works "a fitting monument that places Glenn Jenks among the foremost contemporary composers of piano ragtime."

To listen to Jenks performing his ragtime compositions and view filmed performances, visit the Glenn Jenks YouTube channel. For more information about The Complete Works for Piano, visit www.sheetmusicplus.com.

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