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Rhoden stops at UWI

Published:Wednesday | September 8, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Pianist heads to Washington for Kennedy Center performance


Orrett Rhoden, internation-ally acclaimed Jamaican pianist, is set to give a recital at the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The October 8 recital is being presented by the American Foundation of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the UWI Alumni Association of Washington DC.

Rhoden will perform the same programme at the University Chapel, UWI, Mona, on September 19 at 5 p.m. The concert is presented by Nigel Clarke and Friends. Tickets are available at Music Mart (Twin Gates) and at the door, on the day of performance.

Rhoden performed to a full audience at Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, in October last year in a concert where he received a double encore.

A former child prodigy, Rhoden took Jamaican audiences by storm at the age of eight when he appeared on local television. At 23, Rhoden was discovered by BBC producer, Jenny Barraclough when he performed for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip on their visit to Jamaica.

From his first international orchestral debut, performing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre in London (1984), Rhoden has been showered with accolades each time he performs.

Performed Worldwide

He has performed several times at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York and in concert halls in Europe, including the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. Additionally, he has given concerts in the United States, United Kingdom, Poland (at the birthplace of Chopin), Canada, Mexico, France, Spain and Italy.

The forthcoming recitals at the University Chapel and Kennedy Center, Washington, will feature a wide-ranging programme of Baroque composer Galuppi, Romantic Composer Chopin and Mendelssohn, Beethoven and the Spanish composer Granados.