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Double Treble Makes Jamaica Debut at Kingston Parish Church Fundraiser

Written by Staff Writer

Double Treble, a dynamic and electrifying duo comprising Jamaican Karl Van Richards, concert pianist and African-American Roderick Demmings, Jr., concert organist/pianist will headline the month-end fundraising concert for the Kingston Parish Church on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 4:00 pm. Admission: $1,500 for adults and $500 for children under 12 and students with ID.

The audience will be in for a classical feast as the duo has assembled a compelling and diverse programme which opens with the William Tell Overture by Giaochino Rossini and Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 by J.S. Bach. The varied programme will also include Oswald Russell’s Jamaican Dance No. 2, Jamaican Rhumba by Arthur Benjamin and Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Hungarian-born composer and pianist Franz Liszt.

The purpose of the concert which will also feature the Musical Apostles Steel Band is to generate much needed funds to assist in the restoration of the Kingston Parish Church. The Musical Apostles Steel Band is an outreach project of the Church to help nurture these inner city youths in the right direction and keep them from roaming the streets which can often lead to them becoming involved in crime and violence.

For the duo, they are elated to make their Jamaica debut and believes this performance will serve as a great kickoff to an exciting 2016 concert tour which will see them visiting a number of US cities including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York. “I am always happy to perform in Jamaica and this concert represents a kind of homecoming and evolution for me as an artist with the creation of Double Treble,” noted Richards.

With this concert, Double Treble aims to inspire others to believe that the power to create opportunity lies within one’s own hands.

Organizers are hopeful that this concert will be a resounding success and thereby become a staple on its annual calendar of events. Patrons attending the afternoon concert can take advantage of the free shuttle bus which will depart at 3:35 pm from St. Luke’s Church in Cross Roads.

Tickets for the concert can be obtained by contacting Music Mart at 926-4287 or the Kingston Parish Church 922-6888. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the concert.

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