River Raisin Ragtime Revue
The River Raisin Ragtime Revue’s (R4) mission is to offer accessible education and entertainment of the highest level through the performance, preservation and restoration of significant American music. R4 is dedicated to meticulous research and collaborates with music and history scholars. We recreate our nation’s music heritage, utilizing the passion and talents of outstanding musicians and observing rigorous attention to period performance practices. R4 is a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization and is dependent upon community support for its success. R4 transports the audience to the cultural and social conditions of turn-of-the-century America. Special emphasis is given to the contributions of African American composers and the obstacles they overcame in attempting to gain acceptance of this unique, original art form.The River Raisin Ragtime Revue is based in Tecumseh, situated on the River Raisin in Southeast Michigan.
The River Raisin Ragtime Revue performs repertoire from its library that includes thousands of vintage orchestrations from the ragtime era, new arrangements of period works, and newly composed rags. Composers included include the giants of classic ragtime — Scott Joplin, James Scott and Joseph Lamb; Tin Pan alley song writers like Irving Berlin, George M. Cohan, Milton Ager and Jean Schwartz; and important African American writers and performers like Joe Jordan, James Reese Europe, Will Marion Cook, Will Tyers, Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton, and Eubie Blake. Contemporary works include compositions by MacArthur Fellow Reginald R. Robinson, Catherine McMichael, William Hayes and James Dapogny.