Rick Benjamin, Conductor and American Music Revivalist, Discusses America’s Distinctive Ragtime Music

03/11/2016 - 7:00 pm
Community Room of the Canterbury, CT Town Hall
1 Municipal Drive - Canterbury, CT 06331

There will be a brief business session at 7:00 pm, followed by the program & refreshments. Free and open to the public.

Please join us for something a little different, the rare treat of an engaging and lively exploration of Ragtime music by one of its premier practitioners and recognized authorities.

RickBenjaminBased in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, Rick Benjamin is well known as the director of the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. Modeled after early 20th century movie house pit orchestras, it is the only remaining full-time professional ragtime ensemble. The group maintains an active touring schedule that includes concerts as well as period re-creations of silent movie showings. The orchestra has released 17 critically acclaimed albums and performed at more than 600 silent movie showings.

Rick Benjamin’s active career as conductor, lecturer, and performer has taken him to 49 states and seven countries in venues ranging from the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Institution to Disney World’s Main Street.

For more information and to hear recordings, see Rick Benjamin’s website at www.rickbenjamin.com; the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra’s website at www.paragonragtime.com; and this YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CV3a11Y4bFc&index=2&list=PLKTnxYhN9c1g1z4-oI1SAFielT4v_OS2G.

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