The world renowned ragtime pianist, Bob Milne, will make his annual return to the historic Lyric Live Theater in Newburg on June 24. He has played all over the world, played for heads of state, and recorded music for the Library of Congress.
The world renowned ragtime pianist, Bob Milne, will make his annual return to the historic Lyric Live Theater in Newburg on June 24. He has played all over the world, played for heads of state, and recorded music for the Library of Congress. Amazingly, Milne continues to fit the Lyric Live Theater into his busy touring schedule. He has said he really likes the old piano in the theater, but it may also be the theater itself that brings him back. The Lyric Live Theater was built in 1919, dating back to the late ragtime era, so it provides the perfect atmosphere to play or hear a ragtime concert. Whatever the reason Bob Milne keeps returning, it is a fortunate gift to our community.
If you have ever heard Milne play, then you should need no encouragement to come hear him perform again. If you have never heard him before, then this is your opportunity to hear a true master of ragtime that will amaze you. If you don’t know anything about ragtime music, then this concert is the perfect chance to become acquainted. Milne is a wonderful showman and shares his passion for the music, not only with his playing, but also through his stories and introductions to the songs, which give the audience a feel for the rich history of ragtime music, whose roots are firmly planted in Missouri.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 24, at the Lyric Live Theater, 117 First Street, Newburg. Tickets are $15. As always, dessert will be served at the historic Houston House during intermission.