Saturday, August 26 | 4:00PM

School for Creative and Performing Arts, Cincinnati OH

The Mainstage series is sponsored by Josephine Schell Russell Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee

This concert is included in the Festival Pass and both Flex Pass subscription options

Single Tickets: $30-40 for Adults, $10 for Students, Kids 12 and under free

Anthem: Jessie Montgomery: Banner

Ragtime: James Reese Europe (arr. Gunther Schuller): Castle House Rag 

Bluegrass: Michael TorkeSky, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Tessa Lark, violin

Theater: Scott Joplin: Overture to Treemonisha

Jazz: Leonard Bernstein (arr. Garth Sunderland): Fancy Free
Revolution Dance Theatre

*All works are CCO premieres

Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes with a 15-minute intermission

Join Summermusik Director Eckart Preu for a pre-concert talk in the Mayerson Theatre at 3:15pm

Pre-concert entertainment by the Academy at Revolution Dance Theatre performing a sample from “I Dream of Me” along with a reading of the book from 3:45-4pm in the SCPA lobby.

Wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

In the early 20th century, the cultural melting pot of the United States gave birth to four distinct American music forms: ragtime, bluegrass, musical theater, and jazz. The program opens with Jessie Montgomery’s Banner (based on our national anthem), followed by James Reese Europe’s Castle House Rag. Europe was a groundbreaking Black composer, orchestra founder and leader between 1910-19, and one of the first Black musicians to make it to the mainstream. Richmond, Kentucky-born guest artist Tessa Lark is featured in Michael Torke’s bluegrass concerto for violin and orchestra entitled Sky.

Ragtime music evolved out of the piano music played in bars, saloons, and brothels during the second half of the 19th century. Primarily known for his ragtime compositions, Scott Joplin also composed the opera Treemonisha from which you will hear the overture. We close the ninth Summermusik festival with Bernstein’s ballet Fancy Free with members of Cincinnati’s Revolution Dance Theatre.

Concert Sponsor

Dave & Gale Beckett

Reception Partner
Cora’s Cakery

Tessa Lark Sponsor
Jeanne & Christopher Barnes

Revolution Dance Theatre Sponsor
Dianne and J. David Rosenberg

Music Sponsor
William O. Purdy, Jr. Foundation

Event Supporter
Reena Dhanda Patil

Hear Tessa perform before the concert!

See the Revolution Dance Theatre in Action!

School for Creative & Performing Arts (SCPA)

108 W Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45202
  • Washington Park Garage: The Washington Park parking garage is located directly north of the SCPA campus at 1230 Elm Street.
  • Metered Street Parking: Metered street parking available on adjacent streets.


Aug 26 2023


4:00 pm
School for Creative & Performing Arts


School for Creative & Performing Arts

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