Musical Excursions is UNO's premier concert series, featuring internationally acclaimed artists in concert in the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Admission is free to all UNO students. For additional information see link.
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. Its members perform with prestigious organizations including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and the London Symphony. Founded in 2002 by clarinetist and Artistic Director Terrance Patterson, the Ritz Chamber Players presents 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. Through its concert series in Jacksonville and performances across the United States, the Ritz Chamber Players continues to build the participation of multicultural audiences that reflect our diverse society.
Called “a remarkable ensemble,” the group’s flexible structure allows for astonishing combinations of virtuoso players and rising stars, creating “riveting” performances of the standard classical music repertoire. 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 début 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.” The group made its international radio début on the BBC World Service and WYNC New York with a concert broadcast to more than 40 countries, and its first national television appearance on the 37th Annual NAACP Image Awards. The Ritz Chamber Players has been guests of the highly-praised National Public Radio and the Tavis Smiley Shows and is a regular performer at the Madison and Amelia Island Chamber Music Festivals.