Peter Bergin to perform May 24

CRYSTAL FALLS — Ragtime concert pianist Peter Bergin hails the unofficial start of summer at 7 p.m. CDT Friday, May 24 at the Crystal Theatre. Appropriate for the Memorial Day weekend, Bergin presents a patriotic program focusing on American musical heritage.

Bergin has entertained audiences for more than two decades. His mission is to celebrate life through music and stories; he loves sharing the rhythms and history of ragtime piano. Classically trained, the Michigan-based performer embarked on a full-time music career after 24 years in computer software. Bergin says, “there isn’t a day I have regretted that decision.”

Bergin’s debut CD, Regime in Time, features the Big Three of classic ragtime: Scott Joplin, James Scott, and Joseph Lamb. His crossover project, The American Parlor, explores the intersection of ragtime and American classical music. His latest CD, Beyond the Maple Leaf, features the music of Joplin and the vintage pianos of the Music House Museum in Grand Traverse County.

Bergin is a popular entertainer for school assemblies, libraries, museums, and community concert venues – like Crystal Theatre. Bergin says, “playing in the heart of community brings me immense joy and satisfaction.” He is passionate about bringing ragtime to audiences everywhere as a testament to America’s original popular music.

Season flex-passes or advanced tickets can be purchased online at thecrystaltheatre.org or by phoning 906-875-3208.


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