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Press Release for Wednesday, February 20, 2008

UNF Presents 'A Tribute to Black History Month'

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida Department of Music presents “A Tribute to Black History Month,” featuring the UNF Wind Ensemble and the Ritz Chamber Players at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Lazzara Performance Hall in the UNF Fine Arts Center. This event is free and open to the public.

The UNF Wind Ensemble will be conducted by Dr. Gordon Brock, chair of the Department of Music and director of bands at UNF, while the Ritz Chamber Players will be directed by Terrance Patterson. Special guest is vocalist Tim Solomon.

The UNF Wind Ensemble is composed of approximately 45 of the most outstanding woodwind, brass and percussion players at the University. Dedicated to promoting and performing the finest in traditional and contemporary wind literature, this new ensemble has already established a reputation for musical excellence. Members of the Wind Ensemble enjoy opportunities to perform with nationally renowned guest conductors and soloists, as well as to premiere new works for winds. They will be performing at Carnegie Hall in May.

The Ritz Chamber Players is an ensemble comprised of accomplished musicians spanning the African diaspora that brings a fresh, new energy to the classical music genre. The Ritz Chamber Players includes some of the most notable musicians of our time who perform with prestigious musical organizations such as the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and the London Symphony.

Founded in 2002 by artistic director and clarinetist Terrance Patterson, the Ritz Chamber Players performs a subscription series at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. In 2004, the Ritz Chamber Players made their Carnegie Hall debut to a standing room only crowd, with critics proclaiming the group’s performance “extraordinary” and “vital and fresh.” In 2005, they made their international radio debut to more than 40 countries over the BBC Network and in 2006 performed before a national television audience on the 37th Annual NAACP Image Awards.

Atlanta Vocalist Tim Solomon is rapidly gaining acclaim for his dramatic interpretations of Gospel and secular Music. With smooth tones, powerful range, and an easy, flowing, style as his delivery, Solomon is commanding audiences of every genre. A native of Baltimore, he studied at the Baltimore School for the Arts. He has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center, Constitution Hall and Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Solomon won best male vocalist in the KFC Salute to Gospel Music.

For more information about this event, contact Ashley Earles-Bennett, UNF Department of Music, at (904) 620-2864. For more details on the full 2008 concert calendar, go to