Columbia Civic Orchestra celebrates musical tradition at renovated theatre

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 | 5:55 p.m. CDT; updated 11:48 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 29, 2008

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Civic Orchestra’s debut at the newly renovated Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on Sunday will treat the audience to a program of ragtime and classical music, a celebrated pianist and the premiere of a piece meant as a tribute to the “King of Ragtime," Scott Joplin.

“Ragfare,” composed by the orchestra’s music director, Stefan Freund, celebrates an American musical genre popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

“The music really causes you to want to jerk your body around, really feel things,” Freund said.

He said that when people around the country think about Missouri, they think the state has a strong sense of music — for example, in bluegrass, ragtime and the blues.