Rhoden continues fight for classical music

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The idea of creating social change through music is not new. Creating change in Jamaica through that medium isn't either. However, using classical music to do it isn't so common.

In fact, organisations like the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica, which seeks to achieve such ends, are few and far between. It is even stranger for one individual to do so.

Tomorrow, Orrett Rhoden will continue in his bid as he brings for the second time, The Orrett Rhoden International Music Festival of Jamaica.

Tomorrow, the event, a three-part series, goes to rural Jamaica, not for the first time, with Rhoden's recital at the Mountambrin Theatre Gallery.

Putting his money where his mouth is, Rhoden singlehandedly launched Jamaica's first international classical music festival in February 2012, at the University of the West Indies Chapel in Kingston. For that first festival, there were also performances at Sandals Royal Plantation Hotel and Mountambrin in Westmoreland.

Rhoden was joined by musicians from France and the events were under the distinguished patronage of the French ambassador.

To further underscore his point and support his assertions about classical music, Rhoden also launched his most recent double souvenir CD, to mark Jamaica's 50th Anniversary of Independence with his own arrangement of Bob Marley's One Love, alongside works by Galuppi, Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Ravel and Chopin.

Tribute to the Queen

One of the festival's performances this year will be paying a special tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her birthday on the April 21, 2013 with a piano recital at the historic Devon House in the heart of St Andrew.

The recital, which features Rhoden playing Bach and Chopin, will be performed before a specially invited audience and will be streamed live across the world. It can be viewed on www.orrettrhoden.com at 6:00 p.m. eastern time.

In keeping with his belief in the power of classical music to uplift people and do social good, Rhoden will also be contributing part proceeds of his festival to support the work of Hear the Children's Cry, a non-government organisation which provides support for abandoned and abused children and their families, through counselling, advocacy and other interventions.

Rhoden aims to spread his passion for classical music by exposing audiences to the finest performances; to attract the best talent from across the world to Jamaica; to inspire young talent in Jamaica and internationally and to open up a new market for the performing arts, which will generate as much income and excitement as reggae.

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