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Arts Commons, Calgary Philharmonic, and Theatre Calgary Present

Ragtime: A Concert Performance

Hear a timeless story in a historic collaboration at the Jack Singer Concert Hall this spring.

For the first time, three of Calgary’s largest arts organizations – Arts Commons, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Theatre Calgary – are joining forces for a special musical presentation with an important message for the world. Ragtime: A Concert Performance will celebrate the power of music to explore the human spirit at the core of the most pressing social issues today, in the world premiere of a new adaptation by the acclaimed Boston Pops orchestra of this Tony Award-winning musical.

Ragtime follows three vastly different families in search of the American Dream in New York at the turn of the century: African Americans in Harlem, Eastern European immigrants in the Lower East Side, and upper-class Whites in New Rochelle come across historical figures like stage magician Harry Houdini, car tycoon Henry Ford, activist Booker T. Washington, and anarchist Emma Goldman as they navigate racism, class struggle, privilege, and police brutality.

Based on the 1975 novel by E.L. Doctorow and adapted for the stage by three of the most celebrated musical theatre writers of our time, Tony Award winners Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens, and the late Terrence McNally, Ragtime was nominated for 13 and won four Tony Awards in 1998 and continues to grow in appreciation as a modern Broadway masterpiece.

Don’t miss this limited engagement of a one-of-a-kind concert directed by Theatre Calgary Artistic Director Stafford Arima and featuring the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Three performances only, June 10 & 11, 2022.

The music in Ragtime: A Concert Performance was created for the Boston Pops with support from Cincinnati Symphony.

Tateh: Tim Howar
Coalhouse: Tenaj Williams
Sarah: Misha Maseka
Mother: Jessica Eckstadt
Father: Tory Doctor
Younger Brother: David Webb
Sarah’s Friend: Jessica Horkas
Emma Goldman: Elizabeth Stepkowski Tarhan
Evelyn Nesbit: Katie McMillan
Harry Houdini: Eric Wigston
J.P. Morgan: Joel Schaefer
Henry Ford: Troy Goldthorp
Booker T. Washington: Steven Jackson Jr.
Grandfather: Doug McKeag
Little Girl: Ella Wilson
Little Boy: Oliver Woodruff
Baby Coalhouse: Izuchi Otuka
The Harlem Ensemble: Grace Ajele, Simone Denny, Jenhene Morgan, Christopher Parker, and Shaquille Pottinger.
The New Rochelle Ensemble: Rae Bernakevitch, Billy Brown, EJ Candelaria, Layne Labbe, Robyn Ord, and Michelle Rawlings.
Covers: Cecilly Day, Jillian Hannah, Denis Lambert, and Marcus Nance.


RAGTIME is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.