Don’t miss out on an engaging performance by Richard Dowling, classical and ragtime pianist, when the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council hosts a free concert at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 24, at the First United Methodist Church.

Dowling opened his Great Scott! national tour at Carnegie Hall with two sold-out performances on April 1 playing the complete piano works of Scott Joplin.

Pianist Scott Joplin lived in Texarkana, achieving fame for his ragtime compositions and was dubbed the “King of Ragtime Writers” back in the late 1800s.

While living in Texarkana, Joplin formed a vocal quartet and taught mandolin and guitar.

“Dowling is the first pianist in history to perform the complete cycle of Joplin’s 53 piano rags, waltzes, marches and cakewalks in public,” said CTFAC Executive Director Julie Crouch Smith.

Crouch Smith said that Dowling is no stranger to Stephenville and is here often for the CTFAC’s Piatigorsky Foundation performances.

“His engaging, educational performances are always so enjoyable, but this upcoming Great Scott! concert is sure to be his best yet,” she said. “We are so honored to bring a pianist of this caliber to Stephenville and it would not be possible without the support from Marion Cole, who has generously underwritten the performance.”

Dowling is a native Texan who began his piano studies at age five in Houston going on to debut in a Beethoven concerto performance with the Fort Worth Chamber Symphony at age 18.

“Since 1994 he has performed over 1,000 recitals both as a soloist and in collaboration with cellist Evan Drachman and other Piatigorsky artists,” states Dowling’s biography.