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.
On Friday, November 23, 2018 the Adolfo R. Cruz Piano was dedicated and blessed by Fr. Christopher Smith, Rector of Christ Cathedral.
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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Episode 54 features two of St. Louis Missouri’s finest musicians. Both have been long-time friends of our host, John Romeri, from his days at St. Louis Cathedral. In recent years they have formed a partnership that is unbeatable and through that collaboration have produced concerts and CD recordings that are top-notch!!
Scott is a native St. Louisan and has been singing since the age of 8, beginning his singing career in the Cathedral of St. Louis Pontifical Boys Choir. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Fine and Performing Arts/Music and Theatre from St. Louis University, and has studied voice with Christine Armistead at Washington University. He currently serves as Principal Tenor for the American Kantorei in Concordia Seminary's Bach at the SemConcert Series. Scott is the Executive Director of St. Louis Cathedral Concerts. Since 1993 Scott has served as the Tenor section leader for the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis Choir and Archdiocesan Choir of St. Louis. He also serves as cantor for the Cathedral Parish, as well as at major Archdiocesan events. He was a cantor/soloist for 100,000+ in attendance and a worldwide television broadcast audience for the Papal Mass in St. Louis, Missouri in 1999. He has toured as soloist throughout the United States, Italy, England, Germany, and Austria. His performances have included Verdi’s Requiem in Rome, Italy; Hector Berlioz’s Te Deum in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, and numerous performances of Handel’s Messiah. He has also performed with Union Avenue Opera and the St. Louis Muny.
John Powell Walsh began piano and organ lessons in elementary school and has had a love affair with music ever since. Continuing his education through graduate school and even the Haarlem International Academy for Organists in the Netherlands. John is one of the most prominent church musicians in St. Louis. He was one of the Papal Organists for the Visit of John Paul II to St. Louis. He is featured with numerous musical organizations in St. Louis from the Bach Society to the Ronald Arnatt Chorale. He was the founder of The Archangel Players, The St. Cecilia Consort and the St. Louis Hills Arts Council. He is presently the Organist for the St. Louis Abbey and Priory School.
Enjoy these two amazing musicians as they tell of their extraordinary lives as church musicians. Listen to music from their two latest CD’s.
To purchase these or any of their CD’s https://www.scottkennebeck.com/buy-cd