Franke Center to feature Ragtime Pianist Bob Milne on April 23

The Franke Center for the Arts in Marshall is excited to announce the return of one of the

Bob Milne poses for a portrait in his office in Lapeer. Milne has been studied recently by neuroscientists because of his ability to listen mentally to different pieces of music at the same time. "I have never worked a day in my life," said Milne. "If you love what you do, it is never work."  Sammy Jo Hester | MLive.com

Bob Milne poses for a portrait in his office in Lapeer. Milne has been studied recently by neuroscientists because of his ability to listen mentally to different pieces of music at the same time. “I have never worked a day in my life,” said Milne. “If you love what you do, it is never work.”
Sammy Jo Hester | MLive.com

finest ragtime pianists in the world today, Bob Milne, who will appear Saturday, April 23. Doors open at 7:00 PM, with the main stage show beginning at 8:00 PM. Tickets for this event are $18 in advance, $20 at the door, and students are half price.

Milne’s live performances contain a treasure trove of this uniquely American style of music which developed during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Much more than just a piano concert, Bob’s encyclopedic knowledge of the development of American music takes the audience on a journey through the roots of southern blues, ragtime, and jazz as he skillfully plays examples of each and traces the development through the years. He is one of a small list of musicians who continue to entertain and educate audiences about ragtime music and where it came from. Bob Milne brings endless enthusiasm, enchanting ease of playing, and a warm personality to the stage as he tells stories of his experiences with warmth and humor.

A resident of Lapeer, Michigan, Milne’s busy concert schedule of upwards of 200 shows per year takes him across the U.S. and to numerous foreign countries. In 2004 he was invited to the Library of Congress to record his music for posterity. The tapes include several interviews with Bob talking about the roots and historical development of ragtime and blues, both uniquely American forms of music. Milne was declared to be “a National Treasure” by the Library of Congress for his unending efforts to preserve and educate audiences about the style and substance of his music.

Bob Milne at the keyboard.

Bob Milne at the keyboard.

Local musician Kjell Croce will begin the evening with live music at 7:00 PM in the Downstage Club. Refreshments and snacks will be available. The main stage show with Bob Milne will begin at 8:00 PM.

The Franke Center for the Arts is an intimate, 270 seat theater located in Marshall, Michigan’s historic downtown. Tickets can be purchased online at www.frankecenterforthearts.org, or by calling the box office at 269-781-0001. Make your plans now to be at the Franke on April 23 for what promises to be an engaging and enjoyable evening of American music!

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