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The Ritz Chamber Players and Robert Sims


The Ritz Chamber Players is hailed by The Baltimore Sun as “one of the most interesting and dynamic ensembles to emerge in recent years.” Boasting some of the world’s preeminent musicians spanning the African Diaspora, it brings a fresh, new energy to the classical music genre. Founded in 2002 by clarinetist and Artistic Director Terrance Patterson, The Ritz Chamber Players present a landmark subscription series at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts in Jacksonville, Florida combining exceptional artistry on stage with inspiring educational programs in schools and throughout the community. The Ritz Chamber Players is also unique in its dedication to showcase the works of African-American composers with exceedingly artistic and informed interpretations. Its highly successful debut concert at New York’s Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall was marked by a standing room only crowd, with critics proclaiming the group’s performance “extraordinary” and “vital and fresh.” Robert Sims will be guest soloist and has performed several times on the Hour of Power from the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. He has toured nationally in the ensemble,Three Generations, a celebration of American spirituals and folk songs, with renowned artists George Shirley, the late William Warfield and Benjamin Matthews. Recently, he debuted with Simon Estes and Jubilant Sykes in the trio Simon, Sykes & Sims, singing spirituals and American songs. Robert Sims, Gold Medal winner of the American Traditions Competition, has been hailed by critics for his rich tone, energetic performances and convincing stage presence. Mr. Sims has been highly praised for his moving interpretations of African-American spirituals. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Performing Arts Type

  • Music