New PARMA Artist: Phillip Rhodes

PARMA is pleased to welcome composer Phillip Rhodes to our roster of artists!

Phillip studied at Duke University and Yale University before becoming Composer-in-Residence for the City of Louisville and for the State of Kentucky. He served as Composer-in-Residence at Carleton College from 1974 until his retirement in 2007.

In his decades of activity and experience, Phillip has been awarded commissions and grants from numerous prestigious organizations, including the McKnight and Fromm foundations, the Rockefeller Fund, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Phillip Rhodes

Phillip’s music has been played internationally by dozens of professional ensembles, including performances by the Atlanta Symphony at Carnegie Hall in New York and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Listeners and musicians alike have praised his writing for the way it “proclaims its willingness to be enjoyed with every note a total effect of tasteful, strong characterizations in sound” (Chicago Tribune) using “colorful orchestration [that] skillfully underscores the drama [of the music]” (New York Times).

We will be recording “A Tango Fantasy” for orchestra with Phillip later this year. To hear some of his work in the meantime, check out the performance below of “Love Song (from Two Appalachian Settings” by members of the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in October, 2014.

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