Based on the novel of the same name by E.L. Doctorow, Ahren’s and Flaherty’s Ragtime is a compelling epic capturing the American experience at the turn of the 20th century. Tracking three diverse families in pursuit of the American dream in the volatile “melting pot” of turn-of-the-century New York, Ragtime confronts the dialectic contradictions inherent in American reality: experiences of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair.

Over the course of the show, the worlds of a wealthy white couple, a Jewish immigrant father and his motherless daughter, and an African American ragtime musician intertwine. Together, they discover the surprising interconnections of the human heart, the limitations of justice and the unsettling consequences when dreams are permanently deferred.

Featuring many of the historical figures that built and shaped turn-of-the-century America, including J.P. Morgan, Emma Goldman, Harry Houdini, Evelyn Nesbit and Henry Ford, this musical sweeps across the diversity of the American experience to create a stirring epic that captures the beats of the American experience: the marches, the cakewalks and - of course, the ragtime.


Join us to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1998 original Broadway production of this timeless score.

Ragtime tells the story of the challenges and racial prejudices immigrants and minorities faced during the early 20th Century in the United States. For this reason, some scenes contain language that some viewers may be sensitive to. Audience discretion is advised. 


Sunday, April 15, 2018

One performance only!

**Please join us at 3:15pm for a special pre-performance concert by YAAjunior in the Strathmore Lobby.**

Silent Auction

This year, Young Artists of America is proud to offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences in our Silent Auction (presented at RAGTIME), and, NEW THIS YEAR, access to a special event we're calling Cocktails & Karaoke, an Evening of Sing-Along for Friends of YAA.


Featuring over 275 performers from
the YAACompany & YAAjunior,
the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras Philharmonic,
the James Hubert Blake High School,  &
the Eleanor Roosevelt High School Combined Choruses



Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 2852

FREE Parking in Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro garage.  

For directions and parking information at Strathmore, click here.

Concert Poster

(Click on image at right to download PDF)

Coming soon!

We are all good friends.
Friendship is what endures.
Shared ideals, respect for the whole character of a human being.
— E.L. Doctorow, RAGTIME