The Dodge City Community Concert Association will be bringing in a unique show as part of its concert series this Saturday at the Dodge City Civic Center.

Pianist and visual artist Scott Kirby will be performing 150 years of American music along with videos of original artwork as part of the show for his show Main Street Souvenirs, celebrating small towns with a live ragtime piano and multi-media show.

"It's a show that will have as much visual appeal as music," Dodge City Community Concert Association president Julie Ellis said. "It will appeal not only to adults but for younger viewers as well."

According to his website, Kirby began his study of music at the age of six, and continued formal piano instruction for 17 years.

From Ohio, Kirby worked under Robert Howat of Wittenberg University of Ohio, and Sylvia Zaremba at Ohio State University.

Kirby went on to play ragtime music in festivals throughout the US, Belgium, France, Norway, New Zealand, and Hungary playing rags of Scott Joplin.

"We work closely with a booking agent out of Minnesota," Ellis said. "We are sent video clips of the performers and based on the clips as well as our budget, we make our decisions on who to bring to Dodge City."

Time Magazine has called Kirby an, "ace pianist," with CBS News’ Charles Osgood saying, "Critics call Scott Kirby one of the best interpreters of ragtime music on the scene today."

Kirby has recorded 25 recordings and composed 150 original works and has served as the musical director of the  Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, Missouri, along with the  Rocky Mountain Ragtime and American Music Festival and the  San Juan Islands Ragtime Institute.

"We are half way through our season with another concert in May," Ellis said.

Tickets will be available at the door of the show that starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.

"If someone from the JUCO brings a student ID we will give them the student price," Ellis said.

Tickets for a family of two adults and two children are $45 for the family package for non-members.

Discount prices are available for community concert association members with a single membership is $40, $90 for family and $10 for students.

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