The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra (PRO) is the world’s only year-round, professional ensemble re-creating “America’s Original Music” – the syncopated sounds of early musical theater, silent cinema, and vintage dance. The PRO came into being as the result of Rick Benjamin’s 1985 discovery of thousands of turn-of-the-century orchestra scores once belonging to Victrola recording star Arthur Pryor. In 1988 the Orchestra made its formal debut at Alice Tully Hall – the first concert ever presented at Lincoln Center by such an ensemble. Since then PRO has appeared at hundreds of leading arts venues, including the Ravinia Festival, the Smithsonian Institution, Chautauqua, the Brucknerhaus (Austria), the New York 92nd Street Y, and the American Dance Festival.
Conductor Rick Benjamin has built a career on the discovery and performance of lost American music from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. He is the founder and director of the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. In addition to his work with Paragon, Mr. Benjamin maintains active careers as a pianist, arranger, and tubist. As a guest conductor he has led many other ensembles, including the National Orchestra of Ireland (Dublin), the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Aarhus and Aalborg Symfoniorkesters (both Denmark), the Olympia Symphony (Washington State), the Erie Philharmonic, and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra (Reykjavík).
Through the generous sponsorship from Bank of Commerce, CTAC Live will bring Paragon Ragtime Orchestra to Duncan on Friday, November 8th @ 7:30 pm. This second concert of the CTAC Live Concert Series will be held at the Simmons Center Theater.
For more ticket information, please call the CTAC office at 580-252-4160 or visit www.chisholmtrailarts.com.
Chisholm Trail Arts Council is a nonprofit organization with a mission of “Promoting and Inspiring the Arts in Southwest Oklahoma”. CTAC receives support through Oklahoma Arts Council, McCasland Foundation as well support from businesses and memberships.