Paragon Ragtime Orchestra pays tribute to American, British connection

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM-TV) – The Clemens center continues it’s stellar list of top performances for the season as they welcomed the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra.

The group which is directed by Rick Benjamin highlighted the theme ‘Hands Across The Sea: Sounds From Britain and America.’

The eclectic mix of music is something, the orchestra’s director says is very important to understand american musical history.

“This is music actually from Britain and America. Celebrating the ties of these two countries,” said Paragon Ragtime Orchestra Director Rick Benjamin. “Right around the fourth of July here. Most people are celebrating the breakaway we are celebrating the ties between these two nations,” Benjamin added.

Benjamin said he is excited for the turnout and looks forward to continuing the tradition of bringing to life music he holds close to his heart.

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