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Center Clovernook to host blind jazz pianist Matthew Whitaker in concert


The Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (Clovernook Center) invites the public to enjoy an afternoon of music with acclaimed blind jazz pianist Matthew Whitaker in support of its Arts & Accessibility initiative.

The Clovernook Center will present An Afternoon with Matthew Whitaker from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 13 at the Metropolitan Club (50 E. Rivercenter Blvd. # 1900, Covington, KY 41011). A 90-minute concert with Whitaker will headline the afternoon festivities, which also includes appetizers and refreshments. A special meeting with Whitaker will also be available for Boss level ticket holders.

All proceeds from the event go to the award-winning Arts & Accessibility initiative of the Clovernook Center, which provides materials for inclusive and accessible experiences in museums, performing arts organizations and other cultural institutions at low cost. or at no cost to the institution. Providing braille and other resources for the blind and visually impaired (BVI) can often be prohibitively expensive and often ill-conceived. The Clovernook Center Arts & Accessibility initiative works with institutions to develop material that can be effective for blind and visually impaired people to experience their offerings.

“The arts are a very important aspect of a person’s growth and development. Some may think that the blind and visually impaired are exempt from enjoying and learning this simple pleasure in life, ”said Chris Faust, President and CEO of the Clovernook Center. “Through An Afternoon with Matthew Whitaker, Cincinnati is able to experience an extraordinary young man who overcame his disability to achieve his dreams, while providing accessible artistic options to the BVI community.”

Born blind, Whitaker began playing the keyboard at the age of three and learned to play the organ himself at the age of nine. Child prodigy and jazz pianist, he gave his first paid performance in Capri, Italy, with other seasoned jazz musicians when he was just 11 years old. Since then he has performed in over 200 clubs and concert halls around the world; opened for Stevie Wonder at the Apollo; and performed with Christian McBride, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Rhoda Scott, James Carter, John Batiste and more.

Tickets for An Afternoon with Matthew Whitaker are available at $ 125 for individuals (which includes entry for one, appetizers and refreshments) and $ 200 at the Patron level. Client level tickets also include a meet and greet with Whitaker, as well as free parking, program registration and more.

For more information on Clovernook Center or An Afternoon with Matthew Whitaker, please visit clovernook.org/events.