December 2015 –
PARAGON’s 17th ALBUM RELEASED –
IRVING BERLIN: THIS IS THE LIFE!
Ranging from his explosive 1909 arrival as “The Ragtime King” into the dawn of the Jazz Age, this album highlights legendary American songwriter Irving Berlin’s music for vaudeville, revue, and the Broadway stage. Of particular interest are rediscovered scores from Berlin’s first musical – the legendary Watch Your Step (1914). The selections are performed from rare historic orchestrations prepared by Irving Berlin’s own staff of arrangers and orchestrators. The recording is accompanied by a 50-page illustrated booklet giving insight into overlooked aspects of Berlin’s career, including his curious working methods, as well as his brilliant successes as the publisher of his own creations and proprietor of a true, pioneering “entertainment empire.”
Click here: IRVING BERLIN: THIS IS THE LIFE! for sound clips and more information.
September 2015 –
PRO FEATURED ALL WEEK ON GERMAN PUBLIC RADIO –
Tracks from the Orchestra’s 2013 Harry L. Aford album will be featured every afternoon of the week beginning September 16 over the Bayerischer Rundfunk network on the BR-KLASSIK Mittagsmusik – Thema der Woche program. The host for these shows is Xaver Frühbeis. You can listen online here: http://www.br.de/…/mittagsmus…/thema-harry-l-alford-100.html.
April 2015 –
PRO RECEIVES NATIONAL ENDOWMENT GRANT –
The Orchestra is delighted to announce that it has been chosen to receive a 2015 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant for its new touring program Paragon LIVE in Historic American Theaters. This program, designed by Rick Benjamin, will feature performances of works by American composers from the late 19th and early 20th century presented in pre-1930s historic theaters across the United States.
December 2014 –
NEW PARAGON RECORDING RELEASED –
THE PIONEERS OF MOVIE MUSIC:
SOUNDS OF THE AMERICAN SILENT CINEMA
Our sixteenth album! This one shines the spotlight on a seldom heard topic – the birth of movie music. Return to the 1910s and early ’20s to listen as seventeen gifted pioneers develop the art of the “film score.” The album features 74 minutes of rare and delightful music – all played from the original orchestrations – along with a 52-page booklet highlighting the musical evolution of this glamorous era of the cinema. It’s a lost world of sound and a “must” for all classic movie fans and soundtrack buffs!
Click here: PIONEERS OF MOVIE MUSIC for sound clips and more information.
September 2014 –
WATCH OUR NEW VIDEO,
“MEET THE PARAGON RAGTIME ORCHESTRA”
Narrated by Rick Benjamin, and produced by Arbour Media.
December 2013 –
A NEW PARAGON RECORDING RELEASED –
MINDING THE SCORE:
THE AMAZING HARRY L. ALFORD
PRO’s fifteenth album tributes a true American musical genius – Harry L. Alford (1875-1939). Alford was not only a famous composer (especially of marches), but also a pioneer arranger/orchestrator of unsurpassed brilliance. Harry Alford’s 30,000 (!) scores for band and orchestra were the state of the art in the early the 20th century and formed a basic repertoire heard and enjoyed by millions.
Click here: MINDING THE SCORE: THE MUSIC OF HARRY L. ALFORD for sound clips and more information.
A NEW PARAGON RECORDING RELEASED –
BLACK MANHATTAN VOL. 2
PRO’s fourteenth album is the second volume of its tribute to the great African-American composers of late 19th and early 20th century New York City. Again inspired by James Weldon Johnson’s famous book Black Manhattan, this new PRO recording brings to life more of the amazing sounds that profoundly influenced the course of American music.
Click here: Black Manhattan Vol. 2 for sound clips and more information.
EDITOR’S CHOICE –
The world’s most prestigious classical music magazine – GRAMOPHONE – has given our new Treemonisha recording its prized “Editor’s Choice” award. In an astounding rave review, critic Philip Clark declared, “This is the most important document about the history of American composed music to have appeared in a long, long time.” Read the entire article here: PRO Gramophone Review.
OPERA RECORDING OF THE MONTH PICK –
The world’s largest classical music magazine – BBC MUSIC – has just declared our new Treemonisha their “Opera Recording of the Month.” This is a fantastic honor! Read the entire article here: An Entertainer from Joplin by critic Geoff Brown.
“WALL STREET JOURNAL” FEATURE ARTICLE –
Our new recording of Treemonisha is already garnering high accolades. The distinguished critic Barrymore Laurence Scherer calls it “Treemonisha as It Was Intended to Be” in his recent review for the Wall Street Journal. Read the entire article here: “Treemonisha as It Was Intended to Be.”
PRO IN THE “NEW YORKER” MAGAZINE –
Another major Treemonisha review! We’re very happy to see the NEW YORKER magazine has picked our recording as one of the top classical releases of the year: “Eleven for 2011” by Russell Platt.
PRO’s New Recording of Treemonisha
is Now Available:
PRO’s long-awaited (and requested) recording of Scott Joplin’s opera is now available. Click here for further information: Treemonisha Recording and Book.