HERE IS A SPECIAL LETTER FROM DON
I am a 79-year-old former Baptist minister who was also a member of the Crystal Cathedral for over 40 years. I have become a Catholic through RCIA and now attend mass each Sunday at Christ Cathedral.
The outstanding music program draws me to Christ Cathedral where I especially appreciate the pipe organ being used with all the chants, the wonderful choirs and the concert series.
I started the RCIA classes with Faustino Rubio last year at Christ Cathedral and finished RCIA classes at Saint Francis of Assisi Church in LaQuinta when I moved to Rancho Mirage in the Palm Springs area.
My main interest now at Christ Cathedral is the installation of The Hazel Wright Organ which should begin in February. The voicing of the Hazel Wright Organ may not be finished until the end of 2019. When the pipe organ was installed in Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles it took a year to voice their pipe organ.
I have signed a special-interest fund agreement with the Orange Catholic Foundation to establish the "Hazel Wright Organ Fund". I have pledged to match funds of other donors until $200,000 is reached raising $400,000 for "the maintenance, upkeep, and updating of the Hazel Wright Organ. It will also help fund the Cathedral Organ Concert Series"
Originally I intended this fund to be an anonymous gift, but John Romeri persuaded me that if I were public about the gift it might encourage others to donate. The many years that I ushered at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa and the McCallum Performing Arts Theater in Palm Desert, I would see the names of donors on the walls and I would dream that someday I would give a large donation to advance music. At the time I only had enough money to give small donations. I was one of 20 people who received an inheritance from an estate, so I am able to make this gift.
I thank Suzanne Nunn (consultant and planned giving specialist at Orange Catholic Foundation) and John Romeri (Director of Cathedral Music at Christ Cathedral) for their many hours work in setting up this fund. When John came to Christ Cathedral, Frederick Swann who had been Director of Music and organist of the Crystal Cathedral from 1982 to 1998, told me that John was the perfect choice for that position at Christ Cathedral.
Now you may send a check to The Orange Catholic Foundation - Hazel Wright Organ Fund, Orange Catholic Foundation, 13280 Chapman Avenue, Garden Grove, CA. 92840.
(Be sure that “HWO MAINTENANCE FUND” is in the memo of your check)
For more information on the fund
or to give your tax-deductible gift:
Saturday night, October 13, 2018 was the lighting of all of the Quatrefoils and entrance into the cathedral by the Bishops, donors, and all of our choirs, Diocesan Choir, Diocesan Children’s Choir and all three of our Cathedral Choirs, English, Spanish and Vietnamese. It was a great milestone in the completion of our cathedral to have us actually sing in our new home for the first time. The Cathedral Dedication is July 17, 2019. The Hazel Wright Organ should be playing and dedicated by January 2020.
Our Large Gallery hosts choir rehearsals, Masses, Funerals, Mass in Chinese, and a million other events throughout the year. Today it received a great gift: a beautiful Kawai Baby Grand Piano from Mrs. Connie Cruz in loving memory of her husband Adolfo R. Cruz. We thank her Music Director Emett Loera who helped bring this beautiful gift to the Christ Cathedral Campus. Our Rector, Fr. Christopher Smith, and our Spanish Music Director. Ricardo Soto, both took it for a spin this afternoon. It is gorgeous!! Our sincere thanks to Mr. Loera and the entire Cruz Family.
Choir Year begins at Christ Cathedral with the "Welcome Back to Choir" Appreciation Dinner!! All of our Choirs: Cathedral English Choir, Cathedral Spanish Choir, Cathedral Vietnamese Choir, 6:30 PM Vietnamese Choir, 6:15 AM Vietnamese Choir, 1 PM Vietnamese Choir, 4 PM Vietnamese Choir, Daily Mass Vietnamese Choir!!! All of us together for prayer, food and fun!!
On Monday and Tuesday, August 27-28, 2018, the Organ Console and Pedalboard hoisted into the Choir Balcony. See all of the events and history of the Hazel Wright Organ.
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or as a PODCAST after it airs.
Listen to a fascinating visit with a composer who has written music for Popes, Dioceses, Cathedrals, famous Choirs, Colleges, and Concert Halls. Paul Gibson was born in Sacramento, California. A few years later, his family moved to the small village of Chitray, France, near the airbase at Châteauroux where his father worked for the U.S. Air Force. Gibson experienced his first liturgical music – Latin hymns and chants – in the local parish church.
He received degrees in composition from Mount St. Mary’s University (Los Angeles) and California State University, Northridge. He studied with Matt Doran, Frank Campo, Aurelio de la Vega, Ian Krouse, and John Harbison.
Gibson was commissioned to arrange hymns for the visit of Pope John Paul II to L.A. Publisher G.I.A. released A Mass of Life, a critically acclaimed CD of his sacred music. He took part in the first Composers Symposium at the Oregon Bach Festival, where three of his works were performed.For its 15th anniversary, the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus commissioned Suite: Alice Through a Looking-Glass. Commissioned by Loyola Marymount University for the Golden Jubilee of the choral program founded by the late Paul Salamunovich, Gibson’s Te Deum for chorus and orchestra was premiered at LMU under Dr. Mary Breden. The following year saw his music in first performances at Carnegie Hall and St. Olaf College.
This award-winning composer’s music has been broadcast on hundreds of radio stations and received performances by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, three Grammy-winning choruses: Los Angeles Chamber Singers, the Kansas City Chorale, and the Phoenix Chorale, and many others. He is published by Alliance, ECS, Fatrock Ink, G.I.A., Morningstar, and OCP.