Queens celebrates the King of Ragtime 1
The founder and conductor of the featured Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Rick Benjamin, explained the history and significance of each performed piece to the full house.
Queens celebrates the King of Ragtime 2
Orchestra members Paul Murphy and Michael Blutman, right, show their vintage era coronets from 1917 and 1924, respectively.
Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2013 10:30 am
Updated: 10:36 am, Thu Jun 6, 2013.
Each year St. Michael’s Cemetery in East Elmhurst pays tribute to one of its famous occupants.
More than 50 residents came out last Saturday to the Scott Joplin Memorial Concert, which commemorates the “King of Ragtime.”
Author Edward Berlin of “King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin and His Era” and Rick Benjamin, the founder and conductor of the featured Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, gave background on the late composer and pianist being celebrated.
— by Josey Bartlett
Thursday, May 30, 2013 10:30 am.
Updated: 10:36 am.