Paragon Ragtime Orchestra presents MEET ME AT THE FAIR!: Music from the Great “World’s Fairs”. A spectacular musical celebration of the legendary world’s fairs, including the 1876 Centennial Exhibition, the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, and the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition. Music played a key role in the success of all these international festivals, launching both hit songs and the illustrious careers of many American musicians (including Scott Joplin and Sousa). This new Paragon Ragtime Orchestra program features dozens of stirring world’s fair hits (from rare, original scores) with the continuous projections of magnificent fairground images. There is audience participation (on “Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis”), and as a finale, the Orchestra accompanies the Moving Picture Travelogue – historic world’s fair films by Thomas Edison & company. All is propelled forward with evocative narration by conductor Rick Benjamin. This concert is made possible by the Williamsport Community Concert Association Endowed Fund.
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