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TWU’s Alexandria’s Ragtime Band, Mr. Joe Team Up For Concert

10/22/04


DENTON — The refined atmosphere of the Margo Jones Performance Hall at Texas Woman’s University would hardly seem to lend itself to audience members doing the Chicken Dance.

But that’s what Dr. John Flohr hopes will happen when Alexandria’s Ragtime Band takes the stage for a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28. The performance hall is located at Oakland and Sawyer streets on TWU’s Denton campus. For more information, call (940) 898-2500.

Flohr, director of Alexandria’s Ragtime Band and professor of music education at TWU, said the concert will be a potpourri, featuring jazz standards, Oktoberfest music and guest performers Mr. Joe and Friends.

The concert will open with Alexandria’s Ragtime Band performing “Basin Street Blues,” “Sweet Lotus Blossom,” “St. James Infirmary” and Jelly Roll Morton’s “Mister Joe.”

The second part of the concert will feature Oktoberfest band music, including the “Chicken Dance.” Flohr said he hopes the audience will join in on the fun and do the dance at their seats.

Mister Joe and Friends will follow the “Chicken Dance” with odes to hats, Chihuahuas and Dr. Phil. Mister Joe, also known as Joseph Pinson, is a member of TWU’s music therapy faculty who performs regularly in and around Denton.

The concert will close with Alexandria’s Ragtime Band and Mister Joe and Friends teaming up on “Bill Bailey” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

Alexandria’s Ragtime Band specializes in the ragtime and Dixieland idioms of the late 19th and early 20th century American jazz music. The group has performed throughout the United States and in Europe.

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For Further Information Contact:

Karen Treat
Senior Copywriter
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: ktreat@twu.edu