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RagFest 2018 to take over
the Curtis Theatre in Brea once again

RagFest, Orange County’s annual festival of ragtime music, comes to the Curtis Theatre in Brea on Saturday, Sept. 29. The festival starts at noon and runs through 6 p.m., with a ragtime revue stage show at 8 p.m.

RagFest 2018 will be the second time the event has been held outside of Fullerton at the Curtis Theatre, a beautiful venue located at the heart of the city’s civic and cultural center. It boasts 199 seats, yet is intimate – not a bad seat in the house. The theater opened in 1980, yet to date looks almost brand-new, and is named for Dr. Glenn Curtis, who had a 30-year career practicing medicine in Brea and was devoted to the community and its individual residents.

Drop in on the Curtis for RagFest and you’ll be submerged in a wonderful afternoon and evening of toe-tapping syncopation, all courtesy of some of the most amazing keyboard wizards you’ve ever seen – or heard! Get ready for an entire afternoon of great ragtime through half-hour and 45-minute sets – then, after the dinner break, a formal ragtime revue show on the Curtis stage. In between, you’ll be able to meet and talk with the performers and purchase their recordings and other ragtime merchandise.

Past RagFests have starred Ian Whitcomb, Tex Wyndham, Carl Sonny Leyland, Tom Brier, the Heliotrope Ragtime Orchestra and the Albany Nightboat Ragtimers. This year’s will include Vincent Johnson, Johnny Hodges, Paul Orsi, Michael Chisholm, the vaudeville duo Evans & Rogers, Bob Pinsker, Shirley Case and many more. Don’t miss your chance to experience this one-of-a-kind event – one of the only annual ragtime festivals west of the Mississippi!

The Orange County Ragtime Society

2018 Dates

February 17 – Noon to 2:30 p.m., Muckenthaler Center
March 17 – Noon to 2:30 p.m., Muckenthaler Center
April 21 – 1:30 to 4 p.m., Bradford House
May 19 – 1:30 to 4 p.m., Bradford House
June 16 – 2 to 3:30 p.m., Nixon Library
July 5 – 7:30 p.m., Muckenthaler Center
July 21 – Noon to 2:30 p.m., Muckenthaler Center
Aug. 19 – 2 to 3:30 p.m., Nixon Library
October 20 – 2 to 3:30 p.m., Nixon Library
November 10 – Noon to 2:30 p.m., Muckenthaler Center
***Also on our calendar is RagFest 2018!***
September 29, 12 to 6 p.m.; 8 to 10:30 p.m. Curtis Theatre, Brea

Come on along and hear terrific pianists from all over Southern California playing ragtime and ragtime-related music. You'll hear pianists, singers and a variety of musical instruments performing the best in vintage and contemporary ragtime music. The July 5 Muckenthaler Center and all three Nixon Library shows are special concert events; all others are regular format events, meaning that anyone with demonstrated ability as a ragtime pianist is welcome to take the stage. RagFest 2018 is our 18th consecutive ragtime festival - so join us to help celebrate this annual event and a whole lot of wonderful ragtime music!

2018 OCRS Flyer


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