Classic Ragtime Became America's Music
Sedalia: A Place Where Classic Ragtme became America’s Music is scheduled for installation prior to the June 2016 festival and will be located in the entrance lobby of Liberty Center. It is being designed as a permanent tribute to the man, the music and the place where it all began. The overarching interpretive message is as follows:
HOW SEDALIA RAGTIME BECAME AMERICA’S MUSIC
From the Old World inheritance of lyrical melodies from European Americans,
pulsing rhythms from African Americans, chanting cadences from Native Americans and contagious ostinato from Latin Americans
Scott Joplin’s genius crafted The Maple Leaf Rag.
By 1900 it captivated the country and the world from small town opera houses to Victorian parlors, and from dance halls and motion picture palaces to great urban concert halls …
It is our own unique syncopated sound and
Sedalia, Missouri is where
ragtime became America’s music!
Requests for funding exhibit
design and installation were approved as a Destination Marketing Project by the
Sedalia Area Tourism Commission and as a Heritage Interpretation Project by the
Missouri Humanities Council.