The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra Biography

The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra 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 orchestra came into being as the result of Rick Benjamin’s 1985 discovery of thousands of turn-of-the-century orchestra scores. In 1988 the Orchestra made its formal debut at Alice Tully Hall – the first concert ever presented at Lincoln Center by such an ensemble.


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