In honor of Black History Month, the Ritz Chamber Players will honor Dr. Norma Solomon White for her historic musical achievements in Jacksonville and beyond. The Ritz Chamber Players will present Dr. White with the Ovation Lifetime Achievement of Northeast Florida Award in their “Lift Every Voice and Sing” Black History concert.
The Ovation Lifetime Achievement of Northeast Florida Award recognizes an individual for artistic vision and historic contribution to the Northeast Florida cultural community. Dr. White attended Stanton High School in Jacksonville, Fla. and went on to attend Julliard School of Music in New York. Her accomplishments encompass a multitude of “firsts,” including:
First female member of the famed FAMU “Marching 100” (1951-55)
First female band director in Duval County. Jacksonville, FL, 1955
First Band Director at Isaiah Blocker Junior High School
First Legacy International President in the 103 year history of Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., 1998-2002
First International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. from the State of FL
Only Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority International President to serve in two centuries
First Instrumental Music Coordinator in the State of Florida
Coordinator of the First HIPPY program in Jacksonville
The Ritz Chamber Players was founded in 2002 to foster the appreciation of chamber music through performances and educational outreach. The group features preeminent African-American musicians and composers, with an emphasis on building audiences with arts that reflects their diverse society. The Ritz Chamber Players held their début concert at New York’s Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall to a standing room only crowd.
The name derives from The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum, which celebrates the rich legacy of the African-American community that thrived in Jacksonville, Florida’s LaVilla district for more than 100 years. The ensemble made its international radio début on the BBC World Service and WYNC New York with a concert broadcast to more than 40 countries, and their first national television appearance on the 37th Annual NAACP Image Awards. The Ritz Chamber Players musicians have been guests on National Public Radio’s, “The Tavis Smiley Show,” and are regular guests of the Madison and Amelia Island Chamber Music Festivals.
“The Ritz Chamber Players”
Honors Dr. Norma Solomon White
DATE: Wed., Feb. 24, 2016
TIME: 7 p.m.
LOCATION: JAX Hicks Auditorium Main Library
303 N. Laura Street
Jacksonville, FL 322092
FREE TICKETS: concert open to the public