FARMINGTON — One September morning on the slopes of Mount Hesperus in Colorado, Hoyle Osborne and Jane Voss woke up to a foot of snow on the ground.

The snow inspired Osborne to write a ragtime waltz.

Osborne said parts of the waltz are meant to depict snow flurries, and one section even tells about the sun breaking through the clouds.

The song, entitled "Hesperus," will be one of Osborne's personal compositions that he will be performing on Saturday in the San Juan College Little Theater.

The concert centers on ragtime music, but some of the music performed will be vintage Latin music. Osborne said there is a lot of overlap in the two styles.

Osborne has entertained across the country, including several seasons on steamboats cruising the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. He also played piano on-screen in the movie "Cowboys and Aliens."

Osborne and Voss met while they lived in San Francisco and were members of a folk music club. They began touring together and eventually moved to Aztec. The two have made guest appearances on National Public Radio.

"We consider what we do to be American roots music," Voss said.

Voss will also be singing during the concert. She will perform several ragtime songs, as well as one of her original compositions, which she describes as having a parlor music sound.

"I sang before I could talk," she said, adding, however, that she didn't start performing professionally until 1972.


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In addition to "Hesperus," Osborne will be performing a tune he wrote for endangered species called "Manatee Glide." He said the tune aims to make it sound like the listener is underwater.

"In (the manatees) strange way, they're quite beautiful," Osborne said.

Osborne won't only be performing original compositions. One of the songs he will be singing was written during the Prohibition era, when people had to leave the country to get alcohol. The song is called "I'll See You in C-U-B-A."

Keith Cochrane, a professor at San Juan College, will also be a guest performer. He will be playing the cornet, trombone and marimba.

IF YOU GO
What:Hoyle Osborne at the Steinway Grand
When: 7 p.m. March 30
Where:San Juan College Little Theater, 4601 College Blvd., Farmington
Tickets:$10 for general admission. $5 for seniors and students

 


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