Local support drawn to chamber music soiree

Local support drawn to chamber music soiree
Floyd and Wanda Willis with Carla McIntosh and Ron Austin

The home of Steve and Diane Halverson became the epicenter of an ensemble of talent and guests who appreciate the sound of music.  As the only all African-American Chamber Music Society in the United States, The Ritz Chamber Players are a unique asset for the city. Jacksonville is blessed with this cast of outstanding, talented musical characters who play throughout the world.

“Terrance brings them all back, he’s the route to Jacksonville,” said host Steve Halverson, as he showered praise upon the founder and artistic director of the group. Halverson mentioned a staggering statistic in his remarks; that, of all the symphony players around the world, less than %1 are African American. The Halversons lead by example and encourage others to provide financial support in order to help strengthen the musical talent pool. Halverson recognized Delores Barr Weaver, who couldn’t be present, as she has pledged to match the dollars that are raised for the organization.

The Ritz Chamber Players were founded in 2002 by Terrance Patterson, a clarinetist and talented organizer of the eclectic group. The Ritz Chamber Players perform a landmark subscription series at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts in town. For more information or to show your support visit www.ritzchamberplayers.org

Velma Monteiro-Tribble, Sandra Brooks, Jim Murphy, Anna Brosche, Ritz Chamber Players Artistic Director Terrance Patterson and Melissa Adams

Velma Monteiro-Tribble, Sandra Brooks, Jim Murphy, Anna Brosche, Ritz Chamber Players Artistic Director Terrance Patterson and Melissa Adams

Morgan and Samantha Orender with  Katy Debriere and Michael Pajcic

Morgan and Samantha Orender with
Katy Debriere and Michael Pajcic

Steve and Diane Halverson with Ritz Chamber Players Artistic Director Terrance Patterson

Steve and Diane Halverson with Ritz Chamber Players Artistic Director Terrance Patterson

Mary and Doug Coleman with Jane Condon and Carol Grimes

Mary and Doug Coleman with Jane Condon and Carol Grimes

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