On Stage at the State Theatre in Auburn presents The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra
The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. Visit LiveFromAuburn.com for details. Photo Courtesy of Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center in the Historic State Theatre
Saturday, March 10, 2018 ~ 7:30 pm
Now enjoying its 32nd season, The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra (PRO) is the world’s only year-round, professional ensemble specializing in the authentic recreation of “America’s Original Music” – the sounds of early theater, “silent” cinema, and vintage dance. The program presented at the State Theatre will be "Scott Joplin and the Original Kings of Ragtime" followed by the Orchestra accompanying the Buster Keaton silent film "One Week" (1920).
PRO came into being as the result of Juilliard student Rick Benjamin's 1985 discovery of thousands of historic orchestra scores of legendary Victor recording company which sparked Mr. Benjamin’s formation of PRO. In 1988 PRO made its formal debut at the Lincoln Center. Since then PRO has toured extensively across 48 States and overseas.
These travels have taken the Orchestra to more than 700 performing arts centers, including the the Smithsonian Institution and Chautauqua. In 2017 the PRO had the honor of presenting the official Scott Joplin Centennial Memorial concert at the composer’s grave in Queens, New York.
PRO has acquired a considerable following both here and abroad through its radio programs on National Public Radio, New York Times' WQXR, and the BBC. Since 1989 more than 600,000,000 people have enjoyed the Orchestra’s recorded area music on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland, Disney World, and Disneyland Paris.
PRO has been heard on the soundtracks of several feature films and television programs, including productions for PBS, HBO, and Turner Classic Movies. PRO’s recordings have made the Billboard Charts (“Top Classical Albums”) and have won three major critic’s awards: Gramophone’s “Editor’s Choice,” BBC Music’s “Opera of the Month,” and Sterophile’s “Record of the Month.” (website: www.paragonragtime.com)
Date and time: Saturday, March 10, 2018 ~ 7:30 pm
Run Time: 2 hours with intermission
Reserved Seating: $30
Location: State Theatre, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn CA
Box Office: www.livefromauburn.com or 530-885-0156