Paragon Ragtime Orchestra performs at Wisconsin Lutheran College

Date Posted: August 29, 2008 

MILWAUKEE – The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra will perform at Wisconsin Lutheran College on Saturday, September 27, 2008. The program titled, "Scott Joplin & the Original Kings of Ragtime," begins at 8 p.m. in the Schwan Concert Hall.

Known for re-creating "America’s Original Music" – the syncopated sounds of early musical theatre, silent cinema and vintage dance, the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra is the world’s only year-round, professional ensemble of its kind. The orchestra, founded and directed by Rick Benjamin, made its formal debut in 1988. Since then it has appeared in hundreds of major concert halls, historic theatres and universities. It also has appeared on radio programs on the New York Times' WQXR, National Public Radio, the British Broadcasting Corporation, and the Voice of America networks. In addition, since 1989, The Walt Disney Company has relied on the Orchestra’s recordings for the outdoor theme music heard at Main Street, USA at Disneyland, Disney World and Euro Disney.

The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra is sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Arts Board and Waterstone Bank. The Schwan Concert Hall is located in the college’s Center for Arts and Performance at 8815 W. Wisconsin Ave. Tickets are $28 general, $25 seniors and $10 students. To purchase tickets, call the WLC box office at (414) 443-8802 or visit

Since 1996, the Wisconsin Lutheran College Center for Arts and Performance has been providing a comprehensive program of performing and visual arts and educational and community events for students and the people of southeastern Wisconsin.