RANDALL - The Randall Area Fine Arts Coun- cil will be holding the 25th Annual Ragtime in Randall from Oct. 5 to Oct. 7 at the Randall Gym.
The weekend begins on Friday evening at 6 p.m. with a kick-off celebration with a tribute to Bob McNutt, founder. They will also be honoring Bob Lien, who has played in all the Ragtime in Randall Festivals and remembering Nan Bostick, who was the first guest artist in 2000, and was to return this year before she lost her battle with lung cancer. At 7 p.m. there will be dancing with Rod and Tricia Biensen.
The Guest Artists Seminars begins on Oct. 6 at 9 a.m. with a session held by Bob Lien and Roger Berger. Guest artist Reginald R. Robinson will speak at 10 a.m.
Twenty years after Robinson's emergence as a young, self-taught, against the grain pianist and com- poser, he has become an internation- ally recognized pianist, recording artist and educator.
Robinson's professional music career began in 1992. He was introduced by fellow musicians to musician Jon Weber who immediately funded Reginald's first demo called "The Strongman." The demo was later used as part of his 1993 Delmark debut release by the same name.
In 1995, Robinson scored new music for "Each One As She May," a play by Frank Galati and that same year received a nomination for best original music at the Joseph Jefferson. In 2003, his music was used as part of "Intimate Apparel," a play by Lynn Nottage which was nominated for best music director at the Beverly Hills/Hollywood Theatre Awards. In 2004, he was awarded the rare and distinguished John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Award for his innovation in ragtime.
He has performed as a soloist internationally and has performed as guest artist with Orbert Davis Chicago Jazz Philharmonic and The Chicago Sinfonietta. In addition, Robinson has peformed with various smaller ensembles such as, Accessible Contemporary Music, Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire, Fulcrum Point and the Arts Center Jazz Ensemble. He occasionally leads his own band, The Reginald Robinson Jazziet.
At 3:30 p.m. Oct. 6, Jane Cox will perform "Experience Eleanor Roosevelt" There will be a 5p.m. supper and a concert at 6 p.m. by Robinson. There will be a "Jammin' Session" at 8 p.m. that evening.
Sunday's activities include a Community Church Service, a brunch, and Remembering Bob McNutt, with a 3 p.m. concert by Reginald Robinson.
For more information contact Marcie Osmundson at 515- 733-5039, or go to randallfinearts@ gmail.com.