COLUMBIA — About 400 to 500 people are expected to buy tickets for the J.W. "Blind" Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival, said Lucille Salerno, festival coordinator and MU faculty member.
She said ragtime is "Missouri’s music," and she has high expectations for the turnout.
“The 'raggies' will come out in full force,” said Salerno, referring to fans of the music. She said some will be traveling in from as far as Europe to attend the festival.
The two-day festival features a variety of entertainment — open pianos, cameo appearances, music fairs, seminars and concerts.
Passes for all events are $90, and single tickets to the formal concerts are $25.
The following events are free:
— Wednesday, June 9
- 9:30 a.m. — Music fairat the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts
- 11:45 a.m. — Seminar at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts; pianist/composer Reginald Robinson will be showing portions of his documentary on the oral history of ragtime.
- 1:30 p.m. — Tour of Boone Piano at the Boone County Historical Society
—Thursday, June 10
- 9:30 a.m. — Music Fair at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts
- 11 a.m. — Seminar at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts; Peter Lundberg will discuss his memoir on ragtime.
- 2 p.m. — Tour of the restored exterior of the Blind Boone Home
The following events require passes:
—Wednesday, June 9
- 4 p.m. — Virtuosi String Trio, John Davis, Mimi Blais, Frederick Hodges and Adam Swanson at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts
- 8 p.m. — Morten Gunnar Larsen and the Ophelia Orchestra, with guest artist Butch Thompson at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts
–Thursday, June 10
- 4 p.m. — Tom Brier, Richard Dowling, John Gill, Dave Majchrzak, Reginald Robinson, Frederick Hodges, Adam Swanson, Terry Waldo and Paul Asaro at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts
- 8 p.m. — Paul Asaro, John Gill, Adam Swanson, Butch Thompson, Terry Waldo, Richard Dowling and Frederick Hodges: at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts