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.
or on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Christ-Cathedral-Crystal-Cathedral-146920652098308/
Concert Organist Todd Wilson, in Concert at Christ Cathedral, Monday, November 12, 2018. 7:30 PM
or as a PODCAST after it airs.
Enjoy a delightful conversation with this young Organ Superstar, Lukas Hasler. Born in 1996, he is certainly one of the youngest touring concert artists in the pipe organ world. He is still currently studying organ at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria and cultural management at the University of Hamburg, Germany. In addition to his participation in the opening ceremony of the Salzburg Festival, he has already performed at the Tyrolean Festival Erl as well as at the International Organ Festival in Düsseldorf. Lukas has won the “Prima la musica” competition for organ twice. The second time, he also won the “Bärenreiter-Special” prize for his interpretation of a work by J. S. Bach. A year later, “Jugend komponiert”, a competition for young composers, named Lukas as a finalist for his piano and violin suites. The 22-year-old organist, composer and choral conductor has attended master classes with Jean Guillou, Ton Koopman, Ludger Lohmann and Skip Sempé. Lukas is gaining recognition for his colourful and passionate musicality. He has performed many organ recitals in Austria, as well as internationally in Germany, France, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States. For this year alone, his plans include performances in Los Angeles, Paris and Moscow. We caught up with him on his latest tour in Los Angeles. You will love hearing his fascinating story as well as his artistry on the organ. www.LukasHasler.com
MUSIC: Prelude and Fugue on BACH. Franz Liszt
MUSIC: Fugue in d minor Felix Mendelssohn
MUSIC: Sonata No. III movement II. Felix Mendelssohn
MUSIC: Prelude and Fugue in F major. Dietrich Buxtehude
MUSIC: Introduction and Passacaglia Max Reger