Delos brings its debut release from Cherry Rhodes, one of America’s greatest organists. Cherry Rhodes in Concert was recorded live at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, on the feast day of St. Cecilia – Patron Saint of Music – and offers a unique opportunity to hear and enjoy this special recital.
Cherry Rhodes is the first American to win the Munich organ competition and has played recitals at Notre Dame, Bologna, Nurnberg and Vienna. She made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age seventeen and subsequently performed with them many times under the baton of Eugene Ormandy. Ms. Rhodes performed for the opening of the Kennedy Center and is currently Adjunct Professor of Organ at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. The Royal College of Organists selected her the International Performer of the Year. Most recently, during October 2005, Cherry Rhodes was one of the featured soloists at the Virgil Fox Legacy 25th Anniversary Memorial Events in New York City, a three-day festival commemorating his achievements, and later gave a stellar recital at the Festival International d’Orgue Bridel in Luxembourg. This varied and unusual repertoire highlights Ms. Rhodes’ power as a performer and her breathtaking talent as an interpreter of both historic and contemporary compositions. This release is perfect for any season. It combines the sacred with the current, and debuts the Larry King composition dedicated to Ms. Rhodes.
Nicolas de Grigny: Hymn: Ave Maris Stella; Alessandro Scarlatti: Toccata No. 11; Franz Liszt: Symphonic Poem: Orpheus (arr. Jean Guillou); Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Prelude and Fugue in E Minor (trans. by W.T. Best); Larry King: Revelations of Saint John the Divine (1984) – for Organ and Electronic Tape dedicated to Cherry Rhodes; Calvin Hampton: Five Dances; Fr. Marius Walter: Meditation on ‘Salve, Festa Dies Hail Thee, Festival Day); Michel Corrette: Thunder Piece (c. 1790)