Organist Ron Rohde performs at the Phipps Oct. 19
Ron Rhode will perform “A Century of Theater Organ” on the Wurlitzer theater pipe organ on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson.
The acclaimed organist will cover a wide spectrum of music from the vintage theater organ era of the teens, ‘20s, ‘30s, and ‘40s in the first half. Selections will include “Czardas” by Vittorio Monti, “Me Too,” “Stepping on the Ivories,” “Doing the Raccoon,” “Confessin’ (That I Love You),” and an Andrews Sisters medley.
In the second half, he will focus on more contemporary selections from the ‘50s to the present, including a Karen Carpenter medley, “Go Back Home,” “No, Not Much,” a McGuire Sisters medley, and a medley of Broadway highlights.
Rhode’s recordings have received “Top Rating 10/10” from CD Review Magazine, and he was awarded Theatre Organist of the Year by the American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS) in 1989. He has played on nearly all of the major theater organ installations throughout the United States, Canada, England, and Australia.
He is a native of Illinois, where he began his musical career on the piano. He quickly advanced to classical pipe organ, and in 1968 held his first theater organ job playing for roller skating. In 1973, Rhode moved to Phoenix, Arizona, to start a long association with the Organ Stop Pizza restaurants. In 1975, he moved to Mesa, where he held the featured organist post and played until November 1986. In July 1988, Rhode again joined the staff as associate organist until his retirement in 2000. In Phoenix, he has been the featured organist for the Orpheum Theatre Silent Sunday Series, a silent movie series, since its inception in 1999.
In addition to teaching, recording, and performing concerts, Rhode has been organist for 10 years for the Church of the Beatitudes, U.C.C., in Phoenix; vesper musician, choir director, and coordinator of service musicians for the Beatitudes Campus; and for the last nine years he has also been accompanist for the Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix.
Rhode is a favorite at ATOS national and regional conventions. He also has more than 25 recordings to his credit.
Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for students of all ages. Discounts are available by purchasing season tickets. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at (715) 386-8409 or online at www.ThePhipps.org.