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Noted organist to fulfill concert pledge for landmark Buffalo church

Canadian organist William Maddox enjoyed his 2011 visit to Blessed Trinity Church so much that he promised to perform a concert someday to benefit the church's historic preservation efforts.

On Friday, Maddox will fulfill his pledge.

Maddox, music director of Toronto's Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, will play a selection of Romantic French works on Blessed Trinity's original Tellers-Kent pipe organ, built in 1927. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. No tickets are being sold, but the church will collect free-will offerings for its "Under This Roof" preservation fund. The suggested donation is $15 per person. A reception will follow the recital.

Maddox has performed recitals throughout the world, including at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, St. Patrick Cathedral in Manhattan, the Royal Parish Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London and the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.

The concert is being held in conjunction with the feast day of Blessed Trinity parish, and the public is invited to tour the church from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Blessed Trinity, located at 317 Leroy Ave., was constructed in 1928 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The fundraising campaign will benefit ongoing efforts to preserve and restore the building, which is recognized as the purest replication of 12th century Lombard-Romanesque architecture in the United States.

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