Orrett Rhoden To Perform At John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts In Washington, D.C., October 8, 2010

Orrett Rhoden, the internationally-acclaimed piano maestro who hails from Jamaica, is set to delight the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Area when he performs at the John F. Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theatre on Friday, October 8, 2010.

Rhoden enjoys a well-earned standing amongst a select group of classical pianists whose extraordinary interpretations of the works of the masters—Beethoven, Chopin, and Galuppi, to name a few—and command of the piano keyboard can magically transport an audience to another realm.

In his performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Jamaican pianist extraordinaire will treat the audience to a front-row experience of his sheer genius, artistry, and command in a musical showcase that will feature selections from Mendelssohn, Granados, Beethoven, and, of course, Chopin, Rhoden’s all time favourite composer.

The program commences at 7:30 p.m. and is being hosted by the New York-based American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI) and The University of the West Indies Alumni Association-Washington DC chapter, under the distinguished patronage of the University’s Chancellor, Sir George Alleyne who is also Director Emeritus of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).Partial sponsorship for the event is being provided by Goodworks International ,the Futures Group ,the Pan American Health and Education Foundation and RuderFinn

Orrett Rhoden has done several recitals at New York’s historic Carnegie Hall. He has also done numerous performances in concert halls in Europe, among them London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and St. John’s Smith Square, and has performed an All-Bach recital in Bolzano, Italy, as part of the Busoni International Piano Competition. He has appeared at the Conservatory of Music in Barcelona, Spain, and performed with such conductors as Andre Bernard, Harry Levinson, Claudio Abbado and Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse. Rhoden has twice appeared on the Late Night Show featuring Joan Rivers in Hollywood and other talk shows throughout United States, United Kingdom, and China.

Rhoden’s mentors and teachers include Jamaica’s Rita Coore and Maxine Franklin, as well as Dr. Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse, Rosalyn Tureck, Nina Svetlanova and Andrew Esterhazy. In 2005, Orrett Rhoden received the award for outstanding achievement in music from the Prime Minister of Jamaica.