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Paragon Ragtime Orchestra
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. 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, PRO 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, Austria’s Brucknerhaus, the New York 92nd Street Y, and the American Dance Festival. Since 1989, the Walt Disney Company has relied on PRO’s recordings for the outdoor theme music heard on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland, Disney World, and Disneyland Paris.
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