Hats of all shapes, colors and styles adorned more than 250 party-goers at the Ritz Chamber Players’ Inaugural Hat Luncheon on May 30, 2015, at the Garden Club of Jacksonville. The event raised funds for the nonprofit music ensemble and its efforts to increase diversity among classical musicians and audiences. Currently less than two percent of musicians in American orchestras are African-American.
The Ritz Chamber Players, founded and based in Jacksonville, Fla., is an exceptional group of musicians who are African-American and hail from prestigious orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and London Symphony. This was the first large event fundraiser mounted by the nonprofit music group that just completed its thirteenth season.
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