Monday, June 30, 2008

Green Lake Festival of Music Presents Ritz Chamber Players July 12

Festival presents trio of concerts Beaver Dam, Wisconsin Daily Citizen
GREEN LAKE — The Green Lake Festival of Music will present three concerts at Thrasher Opera House July 8, 10 and 12. All three concerts are at 7:30 p.m., with pre-concert talks with the artists at 6:45. The concerts will be followed by meet-the artist receptions provided by the Friends of the Festival.”

The Ritz Chamber Players, July 12
The concert on Saturday, July 12 features the Ritz Chamber Players, the nation's first chamber music ensemble comprised solely of accomplished musicians from the African diaspora. The group includes some of the world's most accomplished musicians, who also play in such prestigious organizations as the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, and the London Symphony Orchestra. The Ritz Chamber Players made their Carnegie Hall debut in 2004, and their international radio debut with the BBC in 2005.

In addition to playing the standard chamber music repertoire, the Ritz Chamber Players highlight the works of contemporary African-American composers. Based in Jacksonville, Fla., they have also recently performed in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Madison. Performing in Green Lake will be clarinetist Terrance Patterson, violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins, cellist Tahirah Whittington, and pianist Terrence Wilson. The varied program includes works by African-Americans David Baker and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, as well as the Sonata for Violin and Piano by Cesar Franck and Beethoven's well known 'Ghost' Piano Trio." [The African American composer Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (1932-2004) is profiled at]

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