Interestingly, Judy has family ties to Springfield. Her paternal grandfather, Albert Edward Hohenstein, was from Springfield. He offered all of his grandchildren $50 for the first one who learned his favorite rag, “Maple Leaf Rag.” Judy learned it and got the prize. Obviously a very critical piece to young Judy’s development as a stride pianist!
|Stride pianist Judy Carmichael|
Following Friday's concert in the UIS Studio Theatre, the audience is invited to a dessert reception hosted by Carmichael's aunt, Jo Alessandrini, and Jo's husband Guerry Suggs. For more information and tickets, visit our website.