GREAT SCOTT! Joplin in the Quarter with pianist Richard Dowling March 12, 2017


In commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the King of Ragtime's death in 1917, American pianist and former New Orleans International Piano Competition Gold Medalist Richard Dowling performs a selection of Scott Joplin's best-known and most beloved piano masterpieces in recital. This concert is dedicated to the memory of Edgar L. "Dooky" Chase Jr.

Sponsored by The Edgar "Dooky" Jr. and Leah Chase Family Foundation, Hall Piano Company, the Steinway Society of New Orleans, 89.9 WWNO, and 1896 O'Malley House.

Doors will open at 2:30 PM. Performance will begin at 3:00 PM.

Approximate run time: 90 minutes, including intermission.

Great Scott! – A Centennial Celebration of Scott Joplin (ca. 1867/8–1917)
Richard Dowling, pianist


Elite Syncopations (1902)
Weeping Willow (1903)
The Cascades (1904)
Heliotrope Bouquet (1907) with Louis Chauvin
Paragon Rag (1909)
Rose Leaf Rag (1907)
Stoptime Rag (1910)
Wall Street Rag (1909)
Bethena – A Concert Waltz (1905)
The Strenuous Life (1902)
Swipesy Cake Walk (1900) with Arthur Marshall
The Nonpareil (1907)
Maple Leaf Rag (1899)


The Great Crush Collision March (1896)
A Breeze from Alabama (1902)
Fig Leaf Rag (1908)
Euphonic Sounds (1909)
Harmony Club Waltz (1896)
Sugar Cane (1908)
*Audience Choice*

Suite from “The Sting”
The Entertainer (1902)
The Easy Winners (1901)
The Ragtime Dance (1906)
Solace – A Mexican Serenade (1909)
Gladiolus Rag (1907)
Pine Apple Rag (1908)
Finale:  Sun Flower Slow Drag (1901) with Scott Hayden
Encore:  “A Real Slow Drag” from Treemonisha (1911)


*An audience member draws one card from a basket containing the titles of Joplin’s 27 other piano works.

Mr. Dowling’s recordings are available before and after the concert and during intermission.
Mr. Dowling is pleased to autograph CDs after his performances.
Mr. Dowling is a Steinway Artist. –– Representation:  Parker Artists


Richard Dowling, Pianist

Hailed by The New York Times as “an especially impressive fine pianist,” Richard Dowling appears regularly across America in solo recitals, at chamber music festivals, ragtime/jazz music festivals, and as guest soloist in concerto engagements with symphony orchestras. Career highlights include performances in New York at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, The Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center, The Metropolitan Club, Christie’s, and the 92nd Street Y. He has been a regular featured artist at the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Missouri, the West Coast Ragtime Festival in California, and the Juneau Jazz & Classics Festival in Alaska. The National Federation of Music Clubs honored him with a special award recognizing his outstanding performances of American music. Works of Chopin, Debussy, Gershwin, Gottschalk, Ravel, ragtime, and early jazz figure prominently in his repertoire. Mr. Dowling was the gold medalist of the 1992 New Orleans International Piano Competition.

On April 1, 2017 Mr. Dowling will perform the complete piano works of Scott Joplin in two historic recitals at Carnegie Hall, exactly 100 years to the day that Joplin died in New York. He is the first pianist to perform the complete Joplin cycle in public. Throughout 2017 and into 2018 Mr. Dowling will perform over 60 all-Joplin recitals nationwide in commemoration of the centennial of Joplin’s death and the sesquicentennial of his birth. Rivermont Records will release his new 3-CD set, The Complete Piano Works of Scott Joplin, at the end of this month. Celebrity ragtime pianist Max Morath says “Richard Dowling’s mastery of the Joplin rags invokes a tenderness that charms us and a technical command that inspires our admiration.”

Richard Dowling has received reviews that praise him as “a master of creating beautiful sounds with impeccable control of colors and textures,” as “a musician with something to say, the skill to say it and the magnetic power to make you want to listen,” and for giving “a superb recital that left the audience craving for more at the end.” He is also a versatile recording artist with over a dozen CDs of classical, chamber, ragtime, jazz, and popular music. He holds advanced degrees from Yale and the University of Texas, including a doctorate in music. As a sheet music editor for Ludwig/Masters and Alfred music publishers he has produced numerous critical performing editions of both classical and ragtime piano music. As a Piatigorsky Foundation Artist since 1994 he has performed well over 1,000 recitals across 22 states in America. Mr. Dowling is a Steinway Artist. Visit his website at