Entertainer Bob Milne to perform Sunday

  • Tuesday, October 27, 2009 2:22pm
  • Life

Tickets are on sale for Stage Door Productions’ presentation of “An Afternoon with Bob Milne” at 2 p.m. Sunday at the White River High School theater, 26928 120th St. E., Buckley.

Milne, who drops in to perform in Enumclaw every few years and is regarded as the best boogie-woogie and ragtime pianist on the planet, is the man the Library of Congress has deemed a “National Treasure.” His performances have been called “unbelievable” and “intoxicating.”

Milne refers to himself as a a “saloon piano player,” which is how he claims he honed his craft. He comes from a classical background, having excelled as a French horn virtuoso at the Eastman School of Music. Completely self-taught as a pianist, Milne makes the piano sing in a variety of styles. He plays everything from melodic 19th-century ballads to ragtime and piano roll styles, from blues and boogie-woogie to Harlem stride, from old gospel and hillbilly to classical-sounding pieces of his own composition. A full-time solo concert pianist, Milne tours the world.

In October 2004, Milne was interviewed by the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., about his unique playing style and his more than 25-year career. The interviews are part of the permanent record of the Library’s American folk life division, “I Hear America Singing.”

Milne has played private performances for three Presidents and brings his mastery of jazz and ragtime piano to the Plateau area often.

Tickets are $20, group rates available. Tickets are available at Radio Shack, Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce, the Arts Alive! Gallery, online at www.stagedoorprod.org, or by calling Stage Door Productions at 360-825-2212.

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