2018-09-13 / News

Piano concert to benefit Habitat for Humanity

LAPEER — Ragtime, the popular music that bridged the 19th and 20th century, had two big revivals — one in the 1940s-50s and another in the 1970s.

But for pianist Bob Milne, ragtime is as fresh today as it was in its beginnings in the 1890s.

Milne will perform a Pleasant Moments Ragtime Concert at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1310 North Main St., in Lapeer, to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Lapeer-Tuscola.

Tickets are $18 a person and will be available at the door, at the Habitat ReStore, 1633 N. Lapeer Rd. in Mayfield Township or by calling 248- 933-3152.

Cheryl Holland, Habitat’s Project Coordinator, said Milne’s concerts are more than just piano playing. She said he offers a glimpse into the history and culture of the ragtime era as he plays.

The Library of Congress designated Milne a “national treasure” and he has served as a “musical ambassador” for the U.S. State Dept. in Japan and Switzerland.

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