About the Event

Dear Ritz Patrons:

Wallace Long

Dr. Wallace H. Long, Jr., A.Mus.D.
Director of Choral Activities

Welcome to the 17th annual Puttin' On The Ritz. If you are new to the Ritz, We produced this wonderful event on the Willamette University campus for 15 years. Last year we moved the Ritz to the Conference Center to a wonderful reception by the community. Therefore, we have decided to continue this new tradition for a second year at the beautiful Salem Conference Center. The Ritz will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2012 and is the perfect time for an evening out during our rainy winter season. It could also be a fantastic Valentine's Day gift for a romantic evening out. If this will be your first Ritz experience you are in for a wonderful evening of dining, dancing and listening to some outstanding music. The Kemtones Little Big Band directed by saxophonist, Randy Kem, will transport you back to the swing era during the evening. When you need a rest from dancing, you will be entertained by Willamette University's nationally renowned vocal jazz group, the Willamette Singers. Members of the Willamette Singers will also front the Kemtones singing a mix of swing era tunes and contemporary favorites.

The Salem Conference Center will be dressed in its party best with a huge dance floor, mirror ball, and big screens with live television feeds of all the action. The Ritz will begin with a reception at 6pm in the upstairs lobby of the Conference Center. Seating for dinner will begin at 6:45p. The music will begin at 7pm and will be almost non-stop until the end of the evening at 10pm.

Tickets for the Ritz may be purchased at this website and will be mailed to you three weeks before the event.  We have put together a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) page to guide you through the purchasing process and answer many of your questions. If you are having trouble purchasing on-line, please call 503.871.6127 or email wu-ritz@willamette.edu. Tickets to this very special event are non-refundable.

For those of you who have supported the Ritz over the past many years on the Willamette campus, this year will offer some exciting changes. The Conference Center will be serving dinners individually rather than having a buffet line.  The dance floor will be significantly larger than we have had at Willamette and should provide plenty of room for dancing.

Puttin' on the Ritz is a fund raising effort produced by the choral program at Willamette University. Proceeds from this event support music scholarships at Willamette as well as the recruiting activities of the choral program.  We offer several sponsorship packages that provide seating to the event as well as significant opportunities for recognition within the community.  For further information about sponsoring this event please go to: http://www.willamette.edu/events/ritz/sponsorships/index.html.

For those of you who might be new to the Salem community, the choral program at Willamette is known for its uncompromising quality. Choral groups at Willamette have received scores of invitations to give honorific performances at state, regional, national and international music conventions. The Willamette Singers produce a CD of high quality vocal jazz yearly and are known for their energetic, professional level performances.

We look forward to seeing you at this year's fantastic Puttin' on the Ritz.

Warmest regards,

Dr. Wallace H. Long, Jr., A.Mus.D.
Director of Choral Activities

wlongjr@willamette.edu