January brings the sound of classical music - Orett Rhoden to hold three-part festival

Published: Sunday | January 8, 2012 Comments 0

Orrett Rhoden is set to launch an International Classical Music Festival in Jamaica.

The internationally renowned Jamaican concert pianist is the brain behind the Orrett Rhoden International Music Festival to be held on Sunday, January 22, at the Royal Plantation Hotel in Ocho Rios.

The 5 p.m. festival will be followed by another like it on January 29 at the Kingston Parish Church. That event will begin at 4 p.m.

Tickets for the first date can be bought at the Royal Plantation Hotel, while the second event boasts tickets outlets at Music Mart, Twin Gates, and at churches across Kingston.

Rhoden, in his first effort at something like promotion, has gone big and will be having a third concert on February 5 at the Mountambrin Theatre Gallery in Westmoreland. That event begins at 2 p.m. and tickets are available at the Mountambrin Theatre Gallery.


Rhoden's inspiration to have a classical music festival here in Jamaica came mainly as an attempt to keep classical music alive in the country. It was not difficult to persuade his friends and internationally acclaimed musicians from the United States, Europe, and Jamaica to participate as the response from many parts of the world has been overwhelming. Rhoden intends to make the festival an annual event.

Performing at the festival are Dr Illo Humphrey, concert baritone, who for decades has enjoyed acclaim as one of the world's leading medieval scholars and performers; Mme Claudine Pascal-Grisi, celebrated concert organist from France; Dwight McBean, renowned Jamaican musician who will be directing a group of steel pan musicians called Musical Apostles; and Rhoden, once a pupil of the late 'High Priestess of Bach, Mme Rosalyn Tureck.

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