“Main Street Souvenirs” is a narrated “movie/concert,” featuring live piano music, video, and stories, presented by Scott Kirby. This program will showcase images, videos and stories about Mississippi State University and the City of Starkville.
We will explore 150 years of music through Kirby’s live piano performances of some of America’s greats – including Stephen Foster, John Philip Sousa and the ragtime of Scott Joplin. The music and narratives will be accompanied by a video featuring nostalgic archival images from America’s past including MSU and Starkville, as well as stunning photography, and Kirby’s own spectacular watercolor paintings of the Great Plains that “touch the soul of the heartland.” Baseball games and barbershops, Prairie churches, concerts in the park, and one room schoolhouses – it’s all here on “Main Street.”
Scott Kirby has achieved a rarified status as a performer of ragtime and related American styles. Considered today’s best player of Scott Joplin’s music (“Today’s best player of Scott Joplin music.” — Trebor Tichenor, author of Rags and Ragtime) Kirby also presents a wide spectrum of Americana, including blues, early jazz, boogie, Creole, and his own original compositions. From John Philip Sousa to Jelly Roll Morton, Kirby takes us on a trip through 150 years of great American music, ending with some of the exciting new works that expand the genre into the 21st Century. Kirby also displays some of his original artwork — watercolors belonging to a set called “Visions of the Great Plains” — a stunning visual complement to the Americana theme.