100 Years of Ragtime

100 Years of Ragtime


Sep 02 2023


Optional shuttle departure: 5:45 pm
7:00 pm


Red Cliffs Lodge


Red Cliffs Lodge
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  • Event Description
  • Artists & Program
  • Important Details

Before the jazz age, Scott Joplin turned the musical world on its ear when he introduced ragtime music at the Columbian Exposition of 1892 in Chicago. A decade later, he was America’s most popular composer and the leader of the new ragtime craze. The MMF reanimates Joplin’s genius in live performances and looks at his continuing influence on other composers.

About the venue: The Festival stage and seating area are on the lawn at scenic Red Cliffs Lodge, overlooking the Colorado River and set against towering red rock walls, which blaze in the distance at sunset. This spectacular location and the surrounding area have appeared in numerous films, and there is a museum on-site honoring that history. You may well recognize the view!

Artists & Program




Scott Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag

Irving Berlin: Alexander’s Ragtime Band

William Bolcom: The Graceful Ghost 

John Musto: In Stride from Five Concert Rags

Igor Stravinsky: Suite from L’histoire du Soldat

Art Tatum, Fats Waller, Bolcom: Solo Piano Works

George and Ira Gershiwn: The Real American Folk Song

Joplin arr. Iain Farrington: Stoptime Rag
Joplin arr. Gunther Schuller:
The Easy Winners
Ragtime Dance

Important Details

Concert location: Red Cliffs Lodge, at milepost 14, Scenic Highway 128, north of Moab, Utah

Link to Red Cliffs Lodge Map

Optional Free Concert Shuttle location: Margaret L Hopkin (Grand County) Middle School, 439 S 100 E, in Moab, UT

Link to Shuttle Location Map

Shuttle Departure: 5:45 pm

Concert Time: 7:00 pm

Concert is outdoors

All ages welcome. Please monitor children.

No pets allowed

MMF provides chairs, and you may bring blankets for sitting on the lawn if desired.

Comfortable clothing suitable for the outdoor venue is recommended, including a light sweater or windbreaker as weather can be unpredictable.

Link to Accessibility Page

Food and beverages are available for purchase, including beer and wine. No outside food or drink is allowed at the concert venue. You may bring your own water and bottled water is available for purchase.

Restaurant dining is available pre- and post-concert at the Cowboy Grill, inside Red Cliffs Lodge, starting at 5:30 pm. For restaurant reservations, call Red Cliffs Lodge at 435.259.2002.

Non-refundable tickets: $40

Students : $5 (ages 6 – 18)

Children under age 6 are free, accompanied by their parents.

Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Program, artists, and location are subject to change without notice.


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