“Silks and Rags” Home Concert Fundraiser


Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 3pm ~ $75 donation per person

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Join us for a program of dance music and ragtime from the turn of the last century, in virtuoso arrangements.  SILKS AND RAGS seeks to include everything and everyone – all sorts of music from waltzes to ragtime, from comedy to sentimental lyricism, from operatic spoofs to ragtime nostalgia, from Gottschalk to Tom Turpin and Scott Joplin.


Allan Dean (trumpet)
Charles Neidich (clarinet)
Peter Weitzner (bass)
Kenneth Cooper (piano)
With guest artist, Irena Momchilova (viola)


Harlem Rag (1899) -Tom Turpin
Silks and RagsWaltzes (1901) – Fred S. Stone
Maple Leaf Rag (1899) – Scott Joplin
Moonbeams – A Half and Half (1914) – Walter Milbank
Weeping Willow Rag (1903) – Scott Joplin
Fascinating Rhythm (Lady Be Good, 1924) – George Gershwin
Peacherine Rag (1901) – Scott Joplin
Sans SouciGalop de bravoure (1858) – Joseph Ascher


Berceuse (Cradle Song, 1862) – Louis Moreau Gottschalk
VictoriaA Ragtime Love Song (1984) – Daniel Paget
Il Trovatore Quadrilles (c. 1853) – Anonymous
Isoldina Fantasie on motives of Richard Wagner (1928) – Clement Doucet
Night in the Tropics (1859)  Allegro moderato – Louis Moreau Gottschalk

All arrangements by Kenneth Cooper (except Victoria)

(Program subject to change at the whim of the band!)

Kenneth Cooper, creator of the concept and the arrangements, hosts the entertainment with a grab-bag of local color and period gossip. Best known in the Berkshires as the Harpsichordist/Director of the Berkshire Bach Ensemble, Mr. Cooper in fact boasts many specialties, including ragtime, the revival of which he helped spark back in the 1960’s – prior to the advent of Nonesuch and The Sting. 

Berkshire Bach welcomes clarinetist Charles Neidich, one of the original 1990 “Silks and Rags” artists, and one of the “most mesmerizing musicians before the public today.”

Seating is limited, so make your reservations now! 
(Directions provided upon receipt of donation.)

Please send check to:
Berkshire Bach Society, PO Box 1002, Great Barrington, MA 01230
OR, to reserve by credit card, go to JustGive.org and click on “Silks and Rags.”