Saturday, November 9, 2019

Ritz Chamber Players Announces 18th Concert Season “We The People”

Terrance Patterson writes:

Greetings Friends and Music Lovers

It is with great excitement that we announce the Ritz Chamber Players 2019-2020 Main-Stage Season of Chamber Music! All the main stage concerts are free, begin at 7:30 pm, and are hosted at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church (4001 Hendricks Ave.) in Jacksonville, Fla. Tickets for all main stage performances can be reserved via: Preferred seating can be purchased for $25 per person. 

The Ritz Chamber Players 18th Season of concerts promises a wealth of breathtaking artistic and social experiences exploring works that speak to the past and its relevance in today’s society. The Ritz Chamber Players 2019-2020 season theme – We The People – will explore our current social situation that feels like the world is falling into itself and allow music to have us work for harmony in our differences! Music has always had the ability to help us choose love over conflict, kindness over struggle, peace over warfare, connection over disagreement and engagement over fighting. We The People will focus on performances that focus on: Religious divisions, home grown terrorists, Women’s Rights and our perpetual wars . . . When conversations begin with, WE – change happens. 

Join us and let’s start the conversation!

Terrance Patterson
Executive and Artistic Director

The season opens by exploring composers inspired by their deep religious faith. When we consider leading our thoughts and actions with this simple yet powerful commandment – Love Thy Neighbor – we find love really can conquer all. Love is a topic we can all worship!

Since 1865, the KKK has threatened the unity of our country, specifically targeting the voice of our Black citizens. This thought-provoking program will explore works by Black composers that speak to Black heritage as well as rising beyond racism and exclusion — both past and present.

Music’s history includes a long period of time during which works composed by women were not performed in public. We believe a woman’s place is wherever her talent takes her. In honor of Women’s History Month, we are proud to present the inspiring and moving contributions of extraordinary women, including women of color!

American troops are currently enduring the longest war in our nation’s history. Historically, intense times of conflict also cultivate a powerful artistic response. The Ritz Chamber Player’s season finale performance, ‘Make Love Not War’ explores works written to honor both the military service and lives of those impacted by war and conflict.

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