The Azalea City Chapter of The Links, Inc. recently held their second Holiday Artisans Showcase. This year’s Artisan Showcase combined music from the student performers who are a part of the Talent Development Program of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The extra treat for the afternoon was a performance by Dantes Rameau (bassoon) one of the members of the Ritz Chamber Players who also is the executive director of the Atlanta Music Project.

The Artisans Showcase brings together unique forms of art which are one-of-a-kind creations handcrafted by local artists. The artisans in this year’s showcase included jewelry makers, doll makers, designers of original hats, painters and potters.

Fran Smith, chair of the Artisan Showcase said, “We are so very pleased to bring these local artists together in one place to make it easy for our friends, family and other sister Links to get to know the talent we have right here in our community and to make a few gift purchases.

The president of the Azalea City Chapter, Yolande Collins, said, “The music added something special this year that we hope to continue next year. The ASO Talent Development Program, one of the programs that our Arts Facet has been working with for several years, is one of the many initiatives with which our chapter is very proud to be associated,” she added.

The Ritz Chamber Players is hailed 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 group is based in Jacksonville, Fla. The organization expects to work with Kennesaw State University this coming year and plans several concerts in the metro Atlanta area.

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