With that name, Cherry Rhodes sounds more like a blues musician than a classical organist. But an organist she is, and a high-profile one, too. Rhodes made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at 17. And she has played recitals in Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral and at the Bach Festivals of Paris and Marburg.
Most importantly, she was the artist chosen to break in the new organ in the Walt Disney Concert Hall this year, in concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Welcome Cherry Rhodes at 8 p.m. next Friday when she swings into town to give a recital on the Fisk organ in the University at Buffalo's Lippes Concert Hall, North Campus. On the program: music by Bach, Jose Lidon, Gabriel Dupont, the Rev. Marius Joseph Walter (meditations on the hymn "Hail Thee, Festival Day") and Jiri Ropek. Highlights include two pieces for a "musical clock" by Beethoven and Haydn, and Clarence Mader's "Afternoon of a Toad."
Admission is $12, with discounts for seniors and students. For info, call 645-2921.