Today, Saturday, February 22nd at 7:30pm, the Atlanta debut of renowned Ritz Chamber Players (RCP), takes place via free concert at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center at Morehouse College--with whom the they've partnered to house a full concert series designed to build greater awareness and exposure to chamber music in the community.
“The cultural partnership of the department of music at Morehouse College with the Ritz Chamber Players is a major step toward advancing the presence of rich artistic and educational experiences within the metro Atlanta community,” states Morehouse Music Department Chair, Dr. Uzee Brown.
"Where culture and community converge," is a phrase symbolizing the role that the RCP has played in providing audiences with a visual reference of accomplished musicians of African descent. However, more than simply performing music, RCP works to advance the principle that the creative arts are essential to the development of students from all socio-economic backgrounds; by giving them the opportunity to express themselves creatively in music.
Through recent successful partnerships with outreach organizations such as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program, RCP conducted two special music educational workshops on Friday, February 21st; The first with Bear Creek Middle School, where students were treated to a performance along with receiving instruction on technique and musicianship. The second workshop was in partnership with the esteemed Atlanta Music Project (AMP). String players from RCP coached AMP students during the AMP Gilbert House String Orchestra rehearsal, conducted by Christopher Thibdeau of the Georgia Symphony Youth Orchestra. Students of the AMP Gilbert House String Orchestra rehearse after school for 10 hours each week.
According to RCP Founder, Terrance Patterson, “The opportunity to conduct and cultivate these workshops is truly remarkable. We are thrilled with the chance to give back to the community and students of Atlanta.”
Although Patterson---a Jacksonville, FL native, confesses to a deep appreciation of other genres such as jazz, pop and soul, classical music is what continues to captivate him in every way even to this day. Still, he confesses an attraction to the very diverse musical and ethnic culture of Atlanta. "I love Atlanta for the minority population and growth, along with the citizens' great appreciation of music and history! This is why I thought this would be a great place to host the concert series because of their appreciation," he explains.
Today's concert will offer audiences the opportunity to explore RCP’s enriched program of prominent classical compositions: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Clarinet Quintet, Op.10; Andre Previn Four Songs; and Antonín Dvořák Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81. Featured players for this concert will be pianist, Terrence Wilson; soprano, Alison Buchanan; and Atlanta’s own violinist, Amyr Joyner. The concert is free and open to the public. Monetary donations are welcome at the concert. Funds will be used to provide more educational outreach programs for the organization’s visits in various schools throughout the country. RSVP registration is available via eventbrite.com. For more information about the Ritz Chamber Players and concert details, please visit: ritzchamberplayers.org.