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Rhoden festival for three churches - Third staging begins in late November

Published:Tuesday | November 4, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Orrett Rhoden in performance. File
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The third Orrett Rhoden International Music Festival of Jamaica starts with a week of concerts from Sunday, November 23, to November 29 at three Corporate Area churches.

They are the University Chapel, Mona, (November 23); St Andrew's Scots Kirk, Duke Street (Monday, November 24; Wednesday, November 26; and Friday, November 28); and St Peter's Anglican Church, Port Royal (Saturday, November 29). The third festival season will run from the last week of each month from November 2014 to February 2015.

All concerts will be under the distinguished patronage of Governor General Sir Patrick Allen and will be preceded and highlighted by high tea.

Featured in the concerts will be visiting Swedish pianist Oskar Ekberg, who will be making his second appearance at the Rhoden Festival. Last year, the Swedish Government sponsored Ekberg to perform in Jamaica as part of a cultural exchange between Sweden and Jamaica.

One of Sweden's most celebrated young concert pianists, Ekberg was one of a number of international artists who came for last year's festival from countries such as Canada, the United States (US), Brazil, and Jamaica. Two of these concerts were live-streamed across the world to more than 6,000 viewers in China, Turkey, England, the US, Canada, and Jamaica.

Also to appear later this November will be Cuban cellist José Carlos Oximendi, who will be accompanied in a variety of pieces by both Ekberg and artistic director/pianist Rhoden. In addition, Rhoden will perform well-known solo pieces from the concert repertoire.

The festival events will be presented each day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., with a gourmet high Tea featuring an assortment of desserts and hors d'oeuvres, accompanied by fine wines. It will precede the performances of works by classical composers Olivier Messiaen, Maurice Ravel, Jules Massenet, Gabriel Fauré, Franz Schubert, Franz Liszt, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Frédéric Chopin, and special piano music by Swedish composers.

Now in its third year, the annual Orrett Rhoden International Music Festival of Jamaica aims to attract international performers and music fans, as well as to stimulate, educate, and inspire music lovers locally and internationally.

Concert goers have the option to purchase tickets for concerts separately from the high tea, and there is a special rate for students. Part proceeds of these events will go towards the renovation fund for the churches in which the events take place.