"Music from the Tower" Theme Music by Empire Brass and William Kuhlman
Daniel is another of the many success stories of the great Juilliard teacher, Dr. Paul Jacobs. However, unlike the incredible organists who have filled America’s greatest churches and have come from this great institution and this amazing teacher, Daniel is not just another super-star organist. Daniel is an already famed composer; a commissioned composer at that! You will hear from this spectacular young musician, as he talks about his latest commission, this time, a piece for the dedication of the new Dobson pipe organ at the famed St. Thomas Church in New York. This piece was commissioned by the British music journal, Choir and Organ, for this very special occasion. Daniel was featured in the latest issue of this magazine with a great article and even the possibility of downloading his latest piece. On the radio, he is joined by our very own organist and Juilliard graduate, David L. Ball. It is David who actually commissioned Daniel to write two other organ pieces. Enjoy these two wonderful young organists as they talk about commissioning music, composing it and performing it. One of our best shows yet. You will no doubt hear lots more about both of these astonishing talents!
Article from Choir and Organ Magazine
MUSIC: Carillon de Westminster Louis Vierne Daniel Ficarri, Organist recorded at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City
MUSIC: Prelude in D Major Daniel Ficarri, Composer and Organist recorded at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church, Scarsdale, NY Commissioned by David L. Ball
MUSIC: Suite for Organ No. 1 Adagio Daniel Ficarri, Composer and Organist recorded at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City Commissioned by David L. Ball
MUSIC: Suite for Organ No. 1 Toccata Daniel Ficarri, Composer and Organist recorded at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City Commissioned by David L. Ball
MUSIC: Exsultation Daniel Ficarri, Composer and Organist recorded at St. Vincent Ferrer, New York City Commissioned by Choir and Organ Magazine Exsultation Organ Score
Enjoy a wonderful discussion with one of the busiest organ men in the world. Brian takes care of the Hazel Wright Organ, 6th largest organ in the world, and the Fred Swann Organ in the Arboretum. And if Hazel and Fred were not enough, he cares for several other huge organs here in Southern California and elsewhere. They include First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, Covenant Church in Long Beach, Segerstrom Center for the Arts and several others. Brian has a long history with the Crystal Cathedral hearing the organs of the cathedral with Richard Unfried and Fred Swann. Brian took his first organ lesson with Cathedral Organist, Mark Thallander. His first tuning experiencewas holding keys for Richard Unfried on the 116 rank Ruffatti (now a large part of Hazel), when it was in our Arboretum. He later worked under John Wilson and Guy Henderson with the Henderson Wilson Organ Company. Most of all, Brain talks about just what it will take to put Hazel back in Christ Cathedral. He will no doubt be a frequent guest as we get closer to Hazel's great re-dedication. Brian began piano as a 6 year old, organ at 13 due in part to his constant fascination with switches and buttons!! He is the PERFECT person to care for Hazel. Some of todays music was even composed by Brian!!
MUSIC: Symphony No 6, finale (movement V) Charles Marie Widor Peter Baicchi, organist CD: Music Under Glass, recorded on "Hazel"
MUSIC: Toccata on "Amazing Grace" Christopher Pardini, composer and performer CD: Chris Pardini and Friends, recorded on “The Fred Swann Organ” in the Arboretum.
MUSIC: Clazz a Jazz composition by Brian Sawyers, with Brian at thepiano!
MUSIC: Symphony No. 6, cantible (movement IV) Charles Marie Widor Peter Baicchi, organist (you will hear some of the birds who lived in the Crystal Cathedral on the recording. CD: Music Under Glass
MUSIC: Rising Sun Brian Sawyers, composer Peter Baicchi, organist CD: Music Under Glass
Enjoy a fascinating hour with one of Los Angeles' most interesting and versatile musicians!! Born in Mannheim, Germany, Christoph Bull has performed and recorded around the world, including France, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Northern Ireland, Russia, India, Taiwan and El Salvador, at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists and at venues such as Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Lincoln Center in New York City, Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, the Cathedrals of Moscow, Saint-Denis and Salzburg as well as rock clubs like The Viper Room, The Roxy and The Whisky in Los Angeles.
Hear how a musician of this caliber comes to be a musician. Christoph improvised his first melodies on the piano at the age of five and gave his first organ recitals and rock concerts with a band at the age of twelve. He’s collaborated with leading orchestras, conductors, choirs and ensembles including the Los Angeles Master Chorale, James Conlon, Carl St.Clair, Pacific Chorale, Pacific Symphony and Grammy-winning Southwest Chamber Music.
His organ teachers were Cherry Rhodes, Hermann Schäffer, Ludwig Dörr, Samuel Swartz, Christoph Schöner and Paul Jordan. He also participated in master courses with Marie-Claire Alain, Guy Bovet, Craig Cramer and Rudi Lutz.
Christoph Bull is the creator of the genre-crossing, collaborative multi-media series organica, combining traditional and contemporary music. His collaborators include DJs, video artists, live painter, instrumentalists and singers. He has also contributed to projects by Steven Spielberg, Robin Williams, Harry Connick Jr., George Clinton and Bootsy Collins (Parliament Funkadelic), Cindy Lauper, Lili Haydn and Nishat Khan and opened the organ series at Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa and Villa Aurora in the Pacific Palisades.
His solo album First & Grand, the world premiere recording of the Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ, was celebrated by the international trade press and showcases the stylistic versatility and expressiveness of his playing. His original song “Peace” was featured on the benefit album 2 Unite All together with songs by Peter Gabriel, Stewart Copeland and others. His song “Ali” was featured on the website for the collector’s book about Muhammad Ali by Taschen.
Christoph Bull is based in Los Angeles. In addition to his activities as a concert organist, composer, singer-songwriter, speaker, university organist and organ professor at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), he is organist-in-residence at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, playing one of the largest pipe organs in the world.
Outside of music, Christoph is interested in politics, theology, cinema and sports. He’s read the whole Bible, Koran, Bhagavad Gita and Tao Te Ching, watched every Seinfeld episode and all Star Wars movies in a row in the chronological order of the storyline. He’s run the L.A. Marathon several times and won the National German Youth Championship in Baseball with his team BC Tornados Mannheim.
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MUSIC: Prelude in G Major BWV 541 Johann Sebastian Bach. recorded on Bach's 333rd birthday!! Christoph Bull, organist. First Congregation Church organ.
MUSIC: Jupiter Symphony Wolfgang Mozart transcribed and performed by Christoph Bull performed at Royce Hall, UCLA.
MUSIC: Nothing Compares to Prince arranged and performed by Christoph Bull on the First Congregational church organ.
MUSIC: Victimae Paschali Laudes Gregorian chant improvised by Christoph Bull at Hollywood United Methodist Church
MUSIC: Psalm 69 Christoph Bull, composer and performed on a Hammond B3.
Enjoy an entire episode of MUSIC FROM THE TOWER devoted to Chant with two chant experts, Matthew Gray, Director of Music, and David Koch, Chant Master, both from the Mission Basilica of San Juan Capistrano. They shared excepts from their new chant CD: “Chant, Communion Chants from the Liturgical Year”. Since the first centuries of the church, chant was the primary music sung in Catholic Liturgies. With the Second Vatican Council and the use of vernacular languages, came the music of many countries and traditions. In recent years cathedral and parishes around the country have rediscovered the beauty and the awe which chant can provide in the Mass. Today’s guests bring a wonderful insight into how this is being done Sunday after Sunday at the Mission and can be (and should be) done in every parish. Learn about the different types of chant, the church modes, the Propers and the Ordinary of the Mass from these two men who have studied it and performed it. It is a fascinating look at this great treasury of music of the Catholic Church.
CD: Chant, Communion Chants from the Liturgical Year, performed by the Men of the Basilica Mixed Ensemble. Matthew Gray, Director of Music Ministries and David Koch, Chant Master. http://www.missionparish.org/groups-ministries/music-ministry
MUSIC: Jerusalem surge communion chant for the Second Sunday of Advent
MUSIC: Pater, si non potest communion chant for Palm Sunday
MUSIC: Pascha nostrum communion chant for Easter Sunday
MUSIC: Factus est repente communion chant for Pentecost
MUSIC: Comedite pinguia communion chant for Ordinary Time
Manuel J. Rosales is the President and Tonal Director of Rosales Pipe organ Company, Inc. He was born in New York City, but raised in Los Angeles. On his 14th birthday Manuel's father took him to see the movie Fantasiaand he became enthralled with the music of J. S. Bach. An opportunity to work with his church's organ tuner led to an immediate realization that pipe organ building was going to be his life's work. He served his apprenticeship with the Schlicker Organ Company of Buffalo, New York, from 1968 until 1973.
In 1973, Manuel Rosales returned to Los Angeles to serve as the area service representative for the Schlicker Company and established his own firm, Rosales Pipe Organ Service. In 1980, Rosales Organ Builders, Inc., was formed during the construction of his Opus 9, the firm's largest instrument to that time, for the First Presbyterian Church in Granada Hills, California. The success of this two-manual 32-stop instrument led to several other contracts including his now-famous Opus 11, a 52-stop instrument for Trinity Episcopal Cathedral of Portland, Oregon.
Hear about Manuel's many collaborations with some of the world’s most famous pipe organ builders. He has studied organs from Europe to Mexico and has built some outstanding instruments throughout the United States. Of course, his most famous instrument is the grand organ in the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Enjoy a fascinating visit with this genius of the art of pipe organ building and hear music by some of the great organists who have performed on his amazing instruments.
MUSIC: Fantasia on a Theme of Gustav Holst Aaron David Miller (2016) Daryl Robinson, Organist Disney Concert Hall American Fantasia
MUSIC: Grand Chorus with Thunder Michel Corette David Britton, Organist Trinity Episcopal Church, Portland Rosales Organ, Op11
MUSIC: Allegro José Lidon Guy Bovet, Organist Mission San José, Fremont, CA Rosales Organ, Op 14
MUSIC: Finale from Symphony No. 3 Louis Vierne George Baker, Organist Trinity Episcopal Church, Portland Rosales Organ, Op11
Explore the career of this wonderful young singer from his early days in Tijuana to the opera stages of the world. From his very humble beginnings in his parish choir, continued education in high school at the school for liturgical music, to his time at the famous Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, this singer has given everything to his art. He went from being inspired by a recording of Placido Domingo, which he played over and over as a child, to actually being able to work with him as a professional; he fulfilled one of his life’s dream! From winning the Darclee International Vocal Competition in Romania to coaching at the Academy for Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, César has proven his voice is something special indeed. Deeply rooted in his Catholic faith, he believes that is voice and his many spectacular opportunities have been indeed a gift from God. Whether singing in Mexico City for a crowd of over 14,000 or more recently in lead roles for the Tampa Opera, César's voice continues to amaze all who hear it. We have been privileged to have had Cesar perform three times for Christ Cathedral Concerts, with more performances coming as we prepare for the festivities of the dedication of Christ Cathedral. In addition to his busy concert schedule, César's other passion, from his parents and grandparents, is cooking!!
MUSIC: La Donna e mobile Rigoletto Giuseppe Verdi César Sanchez, tenor
MUSIC: Granada Agustin Lara César Sanchez, tenor
MUSIC: Recondita Armonia Tosca Giacomo Puccini César Sanchez, tenor
MUSIC: Nessum Dorma Turandot Giacomo Puccini César Sanchez, tenor
Conductor Paul French was in Southern California to conduct two Children's Choir Festivals for Pueri Cantores. While in town, we were lucky enough to have him as a guest on MUSIC FROM THE TOWER. Hear from Chicagoan Paul French, the Music Director at Chicago's Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, where he leads a thriving choral program for both children and adults. Mr. French recently stepped down after twelve seasons as the music director of the William Ferris Chorale, a 24-voice Chicago based professional choir specializing in accessible compositions of the twentieth century, and whose cutting-edge arts programming regularly garnered excellent reviews.
Mr. French has studied composition, chant, conducting and organ at St. John’s University (Collegeville, MN), Northwestern University and the Pontificio Instituto di Musica Sacra in Rome. A composer of more than 200 instrumental and choral works including pieces for adult and children’s choirs, voice, organ, brass and orchestra, he serves on the music advisory staff of the Archdiocese of Chicago and has been a faculty member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians Choir Director Institutes for over 10 years. Additionally, he serves as Director of Choral Recordings for World Library Publications and is Editor of the Pueri Cantores Choral Series of distinguished choral literature for youth choirs. He is presently the president of board of directors for the American Federation of Pueri Cantores, the official Children’s Choir organization for the Catholic Church. The organization has over 60,000 children members world-wide and hundreds of member-choirs in the United States.
MUSIC: Psalm 122 I Lift My Eyes Paul French (Paraclete Press) The Choir of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Chicago Paul French, Conductor
MUSIC: A Prayer of St. Patrick Paul French (Morningstar Music) Morningstar Demo Choir
MUSIC: Ave Verum Paul French (Morningstar Music) William Ferris Chorale, Chicago, Paul French, Conductor
MUSIC: Where you There? Leo Nestor William Ferris Chorale, Chicago Paul French, Conductor
MUSIC: Te Deum Michael Bedford American Federation Pueri Cantores Choir of 1000 Voices, Paul French, Conductor
Spring 2012 Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago
Enjoy hearing from one of San Diego's finest musicians. Dr. Alison Luedecke. This busy performer is the organist at St. James-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla and co-founder of the Millennia Consort. She hails from Galveston, Texas and is active across the US as a solo concert organist and has played in France, Canada, Mexico and Germany. She has been heard numerous times on the nationally syndicated radio show Pipedreams. As an ensemble musician she has performed with the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Symphony Silicon Valley, and other chamber ensembles and symphonies. She earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music as a student of David Craighead. Checkout www.sdbaroque.com for the newest ensemble of which Alison is a co-founder, harpsichordist & organist- the San Diego Baroque Soloists.
MUSIC: Prelude in D Major Johann S. Bach Dr. Alison Luedecke, organist, recorded at St. Paul's Cathedral, Pittsburgh
MUSIC: Sonata in A Major Felix Mendelssohn Dr. Alison Luedecke, organist, recorded at St. Paul's Cathedral, Pittsburgh
MUSIC: Pictures at an Exhibition "The Hut on Fowl's Legs" Modest Mussorgsky arr. Scott Sutherland Millennia Consortwith Alison Luedecke, Organist
MUSIC: Hornpipe Humoresque Noel Rawsthorne Dr. Alison Luedecke, organist, recorded at St. Paul's Cathedral, Pittsburgh
MUSIC: Banish Misfortune John Karl Hirton Millennia Consort with Alison Luedecke, Organist
Enjoy a visit with Matthew Gray, one of Southern California's busiest Music Directors. Hear especially about his profession ensemble, DeAngelis Vocal Ensemble, as they conclude their 13th Season of creating beauty through Choral Music! Hear from Matthew all about the program SACRA FRANCE, a wonderful choral concert featuring the sacred music of France. This great choral ensemble will transport you to the glories of France. Matt presents works by Duruflé, Villette, Desenclos, and the music of Francis Poulenc, including the stunningly beautiful Mass in G. Major. Sacré France is part of their annual partnership with Christ Cathedral Concerts. Complete details and to obtain tickets: www.christcathedralmusic.org Enjoy their latest CD:
MUSIC: The Scribe Herbert Howells The DeAngelis Vocal Ensemble Mathew Gray, Conductor
MUSIC: Salve Regina Francis Poulenc Harry Christophers 16
MUSIC: Sanctus (Mass in G) Francis Poulenc Winchester Cathedral and Kings College, London Martin Neary, Conductor
MUSIC: Salve Regina Alfred Desenclos Choir of Kings College, London Martin Neary, Conductor
MUSIC: O Salutaris Hostia Pierre Villette Worchester Cathedral Donald Hunt, Conductor
MUSIC: Hymn: Jesus Christ is Risen Today arr. Paul Sjouland All Saints Choir, Beverly Hills Craig Phillips, Conductor
MUSIC: Haec Dies William Byrd Psalm 118 "This is the Day the Lord Has Made" St. Thomas Choir, New York City John Scott, Conductor
MUSIC: This Joyful Eastertide 18th Dutch Carol arr. Charles Wood Bath Abby Choir, Peter King, Conductor
MUSIC: My Hope Is Arisen Peter Latona from the album "Easter Triumph, Easter Joy" National Shrine Choir, Peter Latona, Conductor
MUSIC: 5 Mystical Songs 1. Easter Ralph Vaughan Williams Northern Sinfonia of England Richard Hickox Stephen Roberts, Baritone
MUSIC: Hymn: The Strife is O'er arr. Bruce Neswick All Saints Choir, Beverly Hills Craig Phillips, Conductor
MUSIC: Surrexit Christus Hodie Samuel Scheidt arr. John Rutter St. Thomas Choir, New York City John Scott, Conductor
MUSIC: Sing Ye to the Lord Edward Bairstow arr. Gerre Hancock St. Thomas Choir, New York City John Scott, Conductor
MUSIC: Hymn: At the Lamb's High Feast arr. Peter Latona from the album "Easter Triumph, Easter Joy" National Shrine Choir, Peter Latona, Conductor
MUSIC: On This Bright Easter Morn Craig Phillips All Saints Choir, Beverly Hills Craig Phillips, Conductor
MUSIC: Chant: Victimae Paschali Laudes Claire College, Cambridge
MUSIC: Improvisation on "Victimae Paschali Laudes" Charles Tournemire transcribed by Maurice Duruflé performed Mme Marie-Madeline Duruflé
at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
MUSIC: Hosanna filio David Opening Gregorian Chant for Palm Sunday "Hosanna to the Son of David"
MUSIC: Christus Factus Est Gregorian Chant based upon the second reading of Palm Sunday Philippians 2: 8 - 9
MUSIC: Christus Factus Est choral settings by Felice Anerio and Anton Bruckner "Christ became obedient for us, even unto death"
MUSIC: Mandatum by Peter Latona a musical setting for the washing of feet "Faith, Hope and Love, the greatest of these is Love"
MUSIC: Ubi Caritas the Offertory Antiphon for Holy Thursday choral settings by Maurice Duruflé, Paul Mealor and Ola Gjeilo
"Where charity and love prevail, God is there"
MUSIC: Ave Verum by William Byrd a communion motet for Holy Thursday "Hail the ture body, born of the Virgin Mary"
MUSIC: Pange Lingua Gregorian Chant for the transfer of the Eucharist on Holy Thursday evening "Sing my Tongu, the Savior's glory"
MUSIC: In Monte Oliveti Anton Bruckner Motet for the stripping of the altar on Holy Thursday "On the Mount of Olives, he prayed to the Father"
MUSIC: Miserere Mei Gregorio Allegri The final psalm (Ps 51) of Tenebrae on Holy Thursday "Have mercy upon me, O God"
MUSIC: Popule Meus by Tomas Luis de Vittoria For the veneration of the Holy Cross on Good Friday "Oh my people, what have I done to you"
MUSIC: Faithful Cross by Leo Nestor For the veneration of the Holy Cross on Good Friday
MUSIC: Salvator Mundi by Thomas Tallis "O Savior of the World, save us all"
MUSIC: Vinea mea electa by Francis Poulenc "O vineyard, my chosen one! I planted you: how are you changed from sweet to bitter, to have crucified me
and released Barrabas?"
MUSIC: O Sacred Head by Johannes Brahms Karl Richter, organist
Hear all about the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM), a national organization of church musicians serving primarily the Roman Catholic Church in America. This 6000-member organization is made up of Parish Music Directors, choir directors, organists, instrumentalists, cantors, and music educators. Stephen Petrunak is only the 4th President/CEO of the organization in its 41-year history. Stephen comes to NPM from both the business world and being a Parish Music Director. You will enjoy hearing his vision for the organization and for the future of Church Music!! He is joined later in the program by the leaders of the DMMD Division of the association. This division serves those who work full-time for the church as music ministers; those responsible for music in America's parishes. Christopher Reilly, is the Music Director at the Maryknoll Headquarters in New York, and Roy Spicer, is the Music Director at Old Mission Santa Barbara. These two leaders in pastoral music along with Stephen give a fascinating look into the world of those who make music for our church, a church with both strengths and challenges. We are a church of many musical styles, many languages and a long rich history of sacred music. Find out what this national organization is doing to help those who help all of us worship each week.
MUSIC: My Lord Will Come Will Todd Northwestern University Chorale
MUSIC: Building Up The Kingdom Roger Holland
MUSIC: Nada te Turbe DMMD Taize Prayer Olfary Gutierrez, soloist
MUSIC: Agnus Dei from Messe Salve Regina, Yves Castagnet
MUSIC: Sanctus from Messe Salve Regina, Yves Castagnet
Dr. Bob Gallagher came to River Road Church as Minister of Music in August of 2011. He oversees the vibrant Music Ministry for children, youth, and adults. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Bob received a Bachelor of Music in Organ at the age of 20 from Manhattan School of Music, Master of Music in Organ from The Juilliard School, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Catholic University of America. He also holds diplomas and prizes in Organ, Harpsichord, and Improvisation from the Conservatoire National de Region de Rueil-Malmaison. His teachers include Arnold Ostlund, Jr., Fred Swann, Gerre Hancock, and Peter Marshall. During his year in France, he studied with Marie-Claire Alain (organ), Huguette Dreyfus (harpsichord), and Jacqued Taddei (improvisation).
Bob served as Associate Director of Music at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Wayne, Pennsylvania for 10 years and as Minister of Music at Wayne United Methodist Church for 5 years. In Washington, D.C. he served for 8 years as Organist at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle and also taught in the departments of Organ, Conducting, and Liturgical Music at The Catholic University of America. He served as Assistant Organist of St. Paul's Chapel at Columbia University during his student years in New York.
Enjoy a great conversation between two long-time friends and colleagues. They talk about growing up Catholic and how just a few years around the time of the Vatican Council made a huge difference the influence of Sacred Music and the pipe organ. Tune in as another spectacular church musician comes to visit the Christ Cathedral Campus.
MUSIC: Fantasy on "Divinum Mysterium" Gerre Hancock Dr. Bob Gallagher, Organis
MUSIC: Haec Dies - Sortie Pierre Cocherau Dr. Bob Gallagher, Organist
MUSIC: The House of Faith Has Many Rooms Craig Phillips River Road Church, Dr. Bob Gallagher, Organist-Choirmaster
MUSIC: Les Rameaux (The Palms) jean Langlais Dr. Bob Gallagher, Organist
Meet the brand-new Director of Music for the Los Angeles Catholic Cathedral. Mr. Bazyouros comes from the USC Caruso Catholic Center, following two other parish positions. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Loyola Marymount University and a Master’s in Music in Vocal Performance. Joe served on the Music Advisory Board and the Diocesan Liturgical Commission for the Diocese of Orange and presently serves on the Liturgical Commission for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He brings a wealth of knowledge and musical skill to his new position. Hear Joe describe the LA cathedral as well as his hopes and dreams for the future direction of the music program. You will enjoy hearing both of these two cathedral musicians (including host John Romeri from Christ Cathedral) talk about the role of the Cathedral, and an explanation of the role and responsibilities of a cathedral church in a diocese. It is a fascinating visit with this new cathedral musician.
MUSIC: We have seen His Star John Carter Choir from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Frank Brownstead, Conductor
MUSIC: Sicut Cervus Giovanni Palestrina Choir from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Frank Brownstead, Conductor
MUSIC: There is a Balm in Gilead Choir from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Frank Brownstead, Conductor
MUSIC: Draw Us in the Spirit's Tether Harold Friedel Choir from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Frank Brownstead, Conductor
A great interview with Southern California's primo musical couple. Christopher and Andrea are far from the normal musical couple as they are part of almost every aspect of classical music in the Los Angeles area. A Cathedral Music Director and University Professor married to certainly one of the finest (and busiest) sopranos anywhere. These two extraordinary musicians speak about their very exciting lives, and all of the many projects in which they are involved. Even a bit about how they met and their spectacular wedding at St. James in the City, which just happened to include a surprise wedding gift! Tune in for a fascinating look into the lives of this sensational couple who make splendid music for all of us who live in Southern California.
MUSIC: Magnificat "Quia Respexit" Johann S. Bach Andrea Zomorodian, Soprano, Phil Popham, Oboe, David Clemensen, Piano
MUSIC: Responses Christopher Gravis, Composer, The Clarion Singers, Stephen W. Salts, Conductor
MUSIC: B Minor Mass "Domine Deus" Johann S. Bach Andrea Zomorodian, Soprano, Jason Francisco, Tenor, Musica Angelica, John Alexander, Conductor
MUSIC: O Salutaris Hostia Eriks Esenvalds Andrea Zomorodian, Soprano/Top Voice, Paulina Francisco, Soprano/Lower Voice, St. James in the City Choir, Jim Buonemani, Conductor
MUSIC: Jesus Christ the Apple Tree Elizabeth Poston St. Wilfrid's Choir, Christopher Gravis, Conductor from "Christmas at St. Wilfrid's"
MUSIC: What Sweeter Music John Rutter St. Wilfrid's Choir, Christopher Gravis, Conductor from "Christmas at St. Wilfrid's"
Enjoy a fascinating visit with one of America's most sought-after organ performers, Dr. Isabele Demers. With both a Masters and Doctorate from the famed Julliard School, and a student of Paul Jacobs, Isabelle has performed concerts around the world, at one National Convention of Organists after the other. This Canadian-born superstar came to the organ as a way to pay for her piano lessons!! Hear about her start into music and her journey into being a master teacher and concert artist in her own right. It is a wonderful visit with one of America's great artists.
MUSIC: Prelude and Fugue BWV 532 Johann S. Bach Isabele Demers, Organist
MUSIC: Hallelujah, Gott zu loben Max Reger Isabele Demers, Organist
MUSIC: Romeo and Juliet Organ Suite: No. 5, Balcony Scene Isabele Demers, Organist
MUSIC: Symphony No. 1 (IV. Toccata) Rachel Laurin Isabele Demers, Organist
Hear fascinating stories of the days when "Hazel" was being created. Find out just who was the actual Hazel Wright and about her role in bringing about this great instrument. Hear all about how they acquired the Aeolian-Skinner organ from Philharmonic Hall in New York and even about a special “Hour of Power” which was held in Philharmonic Hall to celebrate receiving this great pipe organ. This episode is filled with lots of memories of the putting together of the Arboretum’s large Ruffatti pipe organ, combining it with the Philharmonic organ and even some pipes from USC. It is wonderful to hear all of this history from the two that made it all happen. It is getting exciting to know that “Hazel” will be back playing in under two years.
MUSIC: Concerto in A Minor (I. Allegro) Vivaldi/Bach Richard Unfried, organist
MUSIC: All Creatures of Our God and King arr. Richard Unfried Richard Unfried, organist
MUSIC: Trumpet Tune Fred Swann Fred Swann, organist
MUSIC: Heraldings Robert Hebble Fred Swann, organist
MUSIC: O Come All Ye Faithful English Carol arr. David Willcocks The Choir of Kings College CD: "Noel - Christmas at Kings College"
MUSIC: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen English Carol arr. David Willcocks The Choir of Kings College CD: "Noel - Christmas at Kings College"
MUSIC: Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella French Carol arr. Keith Chapman Organist Peter Richard Conte CD: "Christmas in the Grad Tradition"
MUSIC: Shepherd's Pipe Carol John Rutter Cambride Singers, City of London Sinfonia, John Rutter conducting. CD: "John Rutter Collection"
MUSIC: See Amid the Winter's Snow John Goss Choirs of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, John Romeri, conducting CD: "See Amid the Wonter's Snow"
MUSIC: I Saw Three Ships English Carol arr. Mack Wilberg Choirs and orchestra of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, John Romeri, conducting
MUSIC: A Christmas Blessing Philip Stopford The Ecclesium Choir, Philip Stopford, conducting. CD "A Christmas Blessing"
MUSIC: The Snow Lay On The Groud English Carol arr. Julian Wachner The Choir of Trinity Wall Street from the CD "The Snow Lay on the Ground"
MUSIC: Candlelight Carol John Rutter Cambride Singers, City of London Sinfonia, John Rutter conducting. CD "Christmas Night"
MUSIC: To Folllow the Star Julian Darius Revie World Premiere recording, Diocesan Children's Choir of Orange, John Romeri, conducting, David Ball, organist
MUSIC: Joy to the World George Handel arr. Joseph Jenkins, The Choirs and Handbell Choir of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Missouri
MUSIC: O Come, O Come Emmanuel Chant. arr. Andrew Carter Choir of St. Paul, London, John Scott, conductor CD: "Advent at St. Paul's"
MUSIC: E'en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come Paul Manz Choir of National Cathedral James Litton, conductor CD: "Sing in Exultation"
MUSIC: Matin Responsory (I Look from afar) Giovanni Palestrina The Choir of Kings College Philip Ledger, conductor CD: "Best Beloved Christmas Carols"
MUSIC: Sleepers Awake (Cantata No. 140) Johann S. Bach Organist David L. Ball from a live performance at St. Thomas Church, New York.
MUSIC: Lo, He comes with Clouds decending arr. John Rutter Cambride Singers, City of London Sinfonia, John Rutter conducting. CD: "Sing, Ye Heavens"
MUSIC: Toccata on Veni Emmanuel Andrew Carter Organist John Scott CD: "Advent at St. Paul's"
MUSIC: On Jordan's Bank Hymn setting "Winchester New" the Choir of Kings College Sir David Willcocks, conductor CD: Christmas-time Carols
MUSIC: On Jordan's Bank Ambrosian Chant Cathedral Singers, Richard Proulx, Conductor CD: More Sublime Chant
MUSIC: Rejoice in the Lord alway annon. The Choir of Westminster Abby CD: "Slendour and Tranquility"
MUSIC: A Great and Mighty Wonder (Lo, How A Rose) Michael Praetorius arr. James Whitbourn the Choir of Kings College Sir David Willcocks, conductor CD: "Essential Carols"
MUSIC: Magnificat (I. Magnificat anima mea) John Rutter Cambride Singers, City of London Sinfonia, John Rutter conducting CD: "Magnificat, The Falcon"
Meet two of the finest musicians in Southern California. Hear how music came into their lives and how music has led them to two of the most prominent positions in Church Music anywhere in the country. We will explore the rich musical program at St. James and how it has developed over the last 20 years under the director of Canon Buonemani. You will hear a wide variety of music recorded live by the St James Choir and special organ arrangements written by both Canon Bounemani and Dr. Mueller, performed on the historic organ at St. James. It is certainly the continuation of the rebirth of the great English choral tradition and proof that tradition is alive and well in Southern California at the hands of this spectacular musicians. St. James in the City website: http://stjla.org/
MUSIC: Bransle de Bourgogne from Suite francaise Francis Poulenc arranged and performed by Dr. Tom Mueller at St. James Episcopal
MUSIC: Fanfare for the Common Man Aaron Copland arranged and performed by James Buonemani at St. James Episcopal
MUSIC: Bransle de Champagne from Suite francaise Francis Poulenc arranged and performed by Dr. Tom Mueller at St. James Episcopal
MUSIC: Trois danses pour orgue- No. 1 Jean Alain performed by Dr. Tom Mueller at St. James Episcopal
MUSIC: Magnificat - -Collegium Regale- - Herbert Howells performed by St. James Choir, James Buonemani, Conductor, Dr. Tom Mueller, organist
MUSIC: I wonder as I wander- - trad. arr. J. Aaron McDermid (b. 1974) performed by St. James Choir, James Buonemani, Conductor
MUSIC: Motet- Sancta Maria, Regina caeli - -Second Eve- Ola Gjeilo performed by St. James Choir, James Buonemani, Conductor
Hear from one of the country’s finest Children's Choir Directors and Music Educators about the importance of children singing and learning music. Patrick Flahive is one of the most experienced musicians teaching children in the United States. As an educator and church musician, he knows first-hand that great adult choirs and singing congregations of adults flourish in parishes where there are children's choirs. Enjoy exploring Patrick's own musical story which led him to be the National President of the American Federation of Pueri Cantores, the official Roman Catholic international organization for Children's Choirs. Hear about his 19 years as president and the many festivals and tours which he took with his own choir, Pueri Cantores of San Gabriel Valley. Patrick works with us here at Christ Cathedral and will be directing our Preparatory Choir for the Diocesan Children's Choir of Orange, he works as the Children’s Chorus Master for the annual Cathedral Opera Production mounted by LA Opera at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels’, and has numerous choirs at his parish in Covina.
Pueri Cantores San Gabriel Valley: http://puericantoressgv.org
Their Christmas Concert is Sunday, December 17 at Sacred Heart Church in Covina. 7:30 PM
The next One-Act Opera at the LA Cathedral, “Jonah and the Whale” will be March 16-17, 2018
MUSIC: Welcome Yole (Ceremony of Carols) Benjamin Britten PCSGV Choir, Patrick Flahive, Conductor
MUSIS: Deo Gracias (Ceremony of Carols) Benjamin Britten PCSGV Choir, Patrick Flahive, Conductor
MUSIC: Deck The Halls English Carol PCSGV Choir, Patrick Flahive, Conductor
MUSIC: This Little Babe (Ceremony of Carols) Benjamin Britten PCSGV Choir, Patrick Flahive, Conductor
MUSIC: Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree Elizabeth Poston PCSGV Choir, Patrick Flahive, Conductor
MUSIC: Jingles Bells James Lord Pierpont PCSGV Choir, Patrick Flahive, Conductor
This is an amazing story of a wonderful musician, who served the Crystal Cathedral for 18 years, 1976 - 1993, as Assistant Organist and assisting for the Hour of Power with scripting, service programming, and even arranging for the musical guests! As author, composer, and performer, his life drastically changed after a horrific car accident in 2003. As a man of great faith, he went on to create the Mark Thallander Foundation, which he serves as president, and even continues to perform organ concerts around the country. The Mark Thallander Foundation presents choral festivals inspiring thousands of church musicians, singers, clergy, and congregations, presenting great music of faith. The foundation connects children and youth to sacred and classical music. In addition, it fosters the education of organists through music scholarships. You can find out more at markthallanderfoundation.org
MUSIC: Improvisation On "O Store Gud" Recorded “live” at The Crystal Cathedral for the Hour of Powerc Mark Thallander, Organist Peggy Lee Whiteaker and Jeremy Reinbolt, Percussionists
MUSIC: Postlude On "Old Hundredth" Recorded “live” at The Crystal Cathedral for the Hour of Powerc Mark Thallander, Organist Peggy Lee Whiteaker and Jeremy Reinbolt, Percussionists
MUSIC: Toccata on "Hymn to Joy" Recorded “live” at The Crystal Cathedral The Hazel Wright Organ 20th Anniversary Mark Thallander, Organist
MUSIC: Festival Fideles
MUSIC: Organ Fantasy On "O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing" Recorded “live” at The Crystal Cathedral for the Hour of Powerc Mark Thallander, Organist Peggy Lee Whiteaker and Jeremy Reinbolt, Percussionists
MUSIC: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty Michael Burkhardt Recorded “live” at The Crystal Cathedral for the Hour of Power Mark Thallander and Sean Groombridge, Organists
MUSIC: Fanfare by Brian Sawyers (written for Mark Thallander) Recorded “live” at The Crystal Cathedral for the Hour of Power Mark Thallander, Organist
Much of the music may be found at TRIUMPHANT TUNES AND TOCCATAS Tenth Anniversary Album 2013 Mark Thallander and Friends
available at www.MarkThallander.com
Find out about Southern California's busiest organist, Dr. Jung-A Lee. She is a church organist, concert organist, symphony organist, accompanist/artist-in-residence for the Pacific Chorale, and college teacher. Hear her fascinating journey from South Korea to Canada to the US as she studied organ at some of the finest and most prestigious universities. Enjoy music from Harvard University Chapel to Disney Hall as Dr. Lee tells of her performances on organs literally all over the world. In 2009 she founded Music Mission International to promote the organ. She is a brilliant young artist with a fascinating story. Tune in!
MUSIC: "Thee, God" Ned Rorem Memorial Church, Harvard University. Jung-A Lee, organist
MUSIC: "For Mortal Flesh is as the Grass" (Requiem) Johannes Brahms Pacific Choral Festival Chorus, Jung-A Lee, organist
MUSIC: Sinfonia from Cantata No. 29 Johann Sebastian Bach, Jung-A Lee, organist from her DVD "Beauty in the Wind"
MUSIC: "Amazing Grace/How Great Thou Art" Jung-A Lee with David Washburn trumpet, recorded at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach on the CD Precious Lord.
MUSIC: Final (Symphonie No. 1) Louis Vierne Jung-A Lee, organist on the Rosales/Glatter-Goetz Organ in Disney Hall, Los Angeles, from her CD Amazing Grace.
Hear from one of America's longest tenured Symphony Conductors, Carl St. Clair. He is a musical treasure of the entire Orange County arts community and far, far beyond that as a beloved guest conductor of almost every major symphony in the US and Europe. Not only do we hear of his very earliest beginnings in music, but his working with the great Leonard Bernstein. Enjoy great memories with the early days of the Pacific Symphony and how it has become one of the prominent symphony orchestras of our time under St. Clair during his 28 years as Conductor and Artistic Director. He highlights two of this season's coming concerts, "Cathedrals of Sound" built around the deeply religious composer, Anton Bruckner, and his Symphony No 8 and then he speaks a bit about the symphony's historic trip to Carnegie Hall this year to celebrate the 80th birthday of Philip Glass with the piece commissioned for the opening of our own Segerstrom Concert Hall, The Passion of Ramakrishna. https://www.pacificsymphony.org
MUSIC: Greeting Leonard Bernstein
MUSIC: There Will Be Rest Frank Ticheli Pacific Chorale, John Alexander, director
MUSIC: The Passion of Ramakrishna PROLOGUE Philip Glass Pacific Symphony and Pacific Chorale Carl St. Clair, Conductor
MUSIC: Symphony No. 8 II. Scherzo Anton Bruckner Vienna Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan
Enjoy hearing from this French concert artist, Johann Vexo, as he describes Sacred Music in France as well as the French system of Titular Organists and Choir Organists. Johann will compare the church in France with the church in America, and even who owns the churches and organs in France! Hear him speak about his musical training, his church and university positions, and the many places around the world he has performed as a concert organist. It is a fascinating look into the life of this amazing young artist and a captivating glimpse into the musical scene of another country.
MUSIC: Symphony No. 5 TOCCATA Charles Marie Widor Johann Vexo on the Grand Organ of the Cathedral of Nancy, France
MUSIC: Trio Sonata No. 4 Johann Sebastian Bach Johann Vexo on the Choir Organ of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France
MUSIC: Prelude and Fugue on the Name of ALAIN Maurice Duruflé Johann Vexo on the Organ of Our Lady of Refuge, Brooklyn NY
MUSIC: 24 Pieces de Fantasie: FEUX FOLLETS Louis Vierne Johann Vexo on the Grand Organ of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
MUSIC: Poémes pour Orgue: Vers L'espérance Thierry Escaich Johann Vexo on the Grand Organ of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
Stephen Salts is one of the busiest musicians in Southern California, singing in many choirs and ensembles, conducting choirs, and even running the Children's Choir program at St. Wilfrid Episcopal Church. Yet this Fulbright Scholar in the Anglican Choral Tradition had time and the vision to create a year-long festival celebrating the English Composer, Herbert Howells' 125th birthday!! Listen as Stephen talks about his background and education, his study in London, hear him sing on several recordings, learn about his involvement in "Golden Bridge" project, and especially find out all about the many performances of the great music of Herbert Howells which took place, all because of his foresight and drive to create this spectacular festival. Enjoy this exciting episode of MUSIC FROM THE TOWER showcasing this superb musician, innovator, and scholar.
MUSIC: "My love is fair" Henry Leslie Choir of Royal Holloway. (Stephen is singing the bass solo on this recording) (Hyperion Records: 2016 English Romantic Madrigals)
MUSIC: "Spiritus Mundi" Dale Trumbore recorded live at the 2016 Golden Bridge Concert
MUSIC: "Coelos ascendit hodie" Charles V. Stanford Trinity College Choir recording of this piece by a teacher of Herbert Howells (Hyperion Records: 2017 Stanford Choral Works)
MUSIC: "Behold, O God, our defender" Herbert Howells Trinity College Choir (Hyperion Records: Howells: Collegium Regale and other choral works)
Hear from the very first organist, following Arvella Schuller, at what was to become the Crystal Cathedral. Mr. Unfried recounts his early years, his training, seeing an ad in the Diapason Magazine, meeting the Schullers, and his audition for the Garden Grove Community Church and its 23-rank Wicks Organ. He then moves on to the beginning of the Hour of Power, the 1969 crusade with Dr. Billy Graham with Dr. Schuller, which may have actually named the "Hour of Power". In these Pre-Ruffatti Organ years of the Hour of Power, he remembers what those early TV years were like, and even a bomb scare at the Offertory! Next hear about choosing the Ruffatti organ for the Arboretum, the three years waiting for its installation, and the dedication by famed organist Virgil Fox. Finally find out who named this organ "Big Buddha" and why. It is an hour filled with memories of the early years of the Crystal Cathedral that you won't want to miss.
MUSIC: Fugue and Prelude (1965) Rayner Brown (1912 - 1999) Dedicated to Richard Unfried Recorded on the 5 Manual 116-rank Ruffatti Organ on the album, Thou Art A Rock, recorded by Richard Unfried.
MUSIC: The Church's One Foundation (Aurelia) Recorded on the 5 Manual 116-rank Ruffatti Organ on the album, Hymns of Hope and Power, recorded by Richard Unfried.
MUSIC: Toccata (Fifth Symphony) Charles Marie Widor Recorded on the 5 Manual 116-rank Ruffatti Organ on the album, Thou Art A Rock, recorded by Richard Unfried.
MUSIC: God of Our Fathers (National Hymn) Recorded on the 5 Manual 116-rank Ruffatti Organ on the album, Hymns of Hope and Power, recorded by Richard Unfried.
Hear all about Pacific Chorale from its new conductor, Dr. Robert Istad, as he takes over the Chorale just in time to celebrate their 50th Anniversary Season. Dr. Istad talks about the group, its singers, and some of the highlights of the past seasons. He also spends a bit of time on his own musical journey and what lead him to Southern California to continue his musical education. As a busy college professor, Dr. Tstad talks about his Cal State Fullerton choirs as well. He is currently the president of the California Choral Directors Association. Finally, Rob explains in detail about the great concerts in the Chorale's 50th Anniversary season and other concerts they will be singing with the Pacific Symphony, including one in Carnegie Hall! For information on the Pacific Chorale, visit www.pacificchorale.org.
MUSIC: A Celestial Map of the Sky Tarik O'Regan (Pacific Chorale's Composer in Residence)
MUSIC: Herr, unser Herrscher (St. John Passion) Johann Sebastian Bach
MUSIC: Sanctus (Mass) Leonard Bernstein
MUSIC: III. Peace My Heart (Songs of Eternity for Chorus and Orchestra) James Hopkins
Enjoy a visit with Matthew Gray, one of Southern California's busiest Music Directors. Hear especially about his profession ensemble, DeAngelis Vocal Ensemble, as they begin their 13th Season of creating beauty through Choral Music! Hear from Matthew about the founded the organization, his own interesting musical history, and what lead him to create one of the finest musical groups in Southern California. Learn about the amazing concerts coming this season, from a birthday celebration for composer Herbert Howells, their annual Christmas Concert, a festive concert celebrating St. Cecilia with the music of Handel and a partnership with the instrumental group Kontrapunktus, and finally Sacré France featuring the spectacular choral music of French composers. All concerts, except for Sacré France are held in the historic Mission Basilica in San Juan. Sacré France is part of their annual partnership with Christ Cathedral Concerts. Complete details and to obtain tickets: http://deangelisensemble.org Enjoy their latest CD: http://deangelisensemble.org/music/
MUSIC: Ave Maris Stella Fredrik Sixten (De Angelis Vocal Ensemble)
MUSIC: Ave Maria Robert Parsons (De Angelis Vocal Ensemble)
MUSIC: In Youth is Pleasure Herbert Howells
MUSIC: Salve Regina Alfred Desenclos
MUSIC: O Salutais Hostia Pierre Villette
Hear first hand from the folks at Christ Cathedral about all of the exciting musical happenings. Joining Dr. John Romeri, your host and Cathedral Director of Music Ministries, are the Pastor and Rector, and fellow Musicians in this enormous project of creating a new cathedral parish. An explanation of the Cathedral Choirs, details of the 2nd Season of the Christ Cathedral Concert Series artists, and the many plans for the dedication of this world renowned building as it becomes a Roman Catholic Cathedral. There are many ways for you to get involved at Christ Cathedral, either as a choir member or even just as an audience member enjoying artists from France, England and right here in Southern California. Tune in and get all of the latest details.
MUSIC: Johann Vexo playing Johann Sebastian Bach's Trio Sonata No. 3, movement 3 on the Choir Organ at Notre Dame. Mr. Vexo will perform at Christ Cathedral on Monday, October 9, 2017 at 7:30 PM.
MUSIC: O Clap Your Hands sung by Stile Antico. Early Music Ensemble, Stile Antico from London, will perform at Christ Cathedral, Friday, October 27, 2017 at 7:30 PM.
MUSIC: Sanctus from the Mass in G, Francis Poulenc This Mass and many other French pieces will be performed by Southern California's DeAngelis Vocal Ensemble on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 8 PM at Christ Cathedral in a program entitled, SACRÉ FRANCE.
MUSIC: Magnificat, John Rutter will be performed at Christmas at the Cathedral, Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7:30 PM by all of the choirs of Christ Cathedral and orchestra.
For information about the Music Ministry of Christ Cathedral or tickets to Christ Cathedral Concerts visit www.ChristCathedralMusic.org or Christ Cathedral Music on Facebook.
With degrees from the University of Michigan, Dr. Steven Ball is a Fulbright Scholar and one of America's leading organ performers in all types of music for the pipe organ. From classical, to pop, to theatre organ, to accompanying silent films, Steven does it all like no one else! Just having played two days of concerts at the Spreckles Organ in Balboa Park in San Diego, including being the featured performer in the 2017 International Summer Organ Festival Silent Movie Night, he play before thousands of adoring fans! Steven was kind enough to come to Orange and record an episode of MUSIC FROM THE TOWER all about these great pipe organs of another era. Dr. Ball is no stranger to the Christ Cathedral campus, as he is also a famous Carillonneur and is the consultant for the restoration of the Arvilla Schuller Carillon on our campus.
MUSIC: Medley Of The Alfred Burt Carols from the album "Fox Noel" recorded at the Atlanta Fox by Dr. Steven Ball
MUSIC: The Sea and Sinbad's Ship from Scheherazade, Op.35 (Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay) from the album "1001 Nights" recorded at the Atlanta Fox by Dr. Steven Ball.
MUSIC: The Sunken Cathedral (Claude Debussy) from the album "No Place Like OZ" recorded at Century II in Wichita, KS on the former NY Paramount Theatre Wurlitzer Organ by Dr. Steven Ball
MUSIC: March Gothique (René Becker) recorded in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Detroit, MI from the album "Steven Ball presents the Music of René Becker"
All recordings are available at StevenBall.com
1 - Paul Early Career: Born in 1927. St James Catholic Church & School, Redondo Beach - a young priest, Father Louis Buechner, began a boy’s choir. They sang nothing but chant - which, by his own admission, influenced his music making throughout his entire conducting career. Roger Wagner - gave a concert at St James. Paul was drawn to Roger - use to ride the streetcar to downtown LA at attend rehearsals. St Joseph Church, downtown LA Richard Keyes Biggs, Blessed Sacrament Church - Family moved to Hollywood, when Paul was a young teen. Began attending Blessed Sacrament. He was allowed to join the men and boys choir. Biggs was Wagner’s organ teacher. Los Angeles Concert Youth Chorus - conducted by Roger Wagner; joined in 1946. 2 years later it became the Roger Wagner Chorale. Paul became the Assistant Conductor. Roger Wagner Chorale became the Los Angeles master Chorale in 1964. Paul continued as Assistant Conductor until 1977.
2 - St. Charles Borromeo Church - hired as music director in 1949. Retired in 2009. (60 Years!) Adult Choir 100% Volunteer - avg. 50-75 voices Children's/School Choir - the choir on the original Disney Small World LP 1949 - Roger needed to move on from St Charles. Told Paul to take the job - Paul didn't want it, but Roger said he did. Gave Paul 1 conducting lesson and taught him one hymn on organ (Msgr Harry Meade' favorite). Introduced Paul to Msgr Meade, told him Paul could play organ and conduct, and he was hired. Rough going in the early years - singers were loyal to Roger. He eventually "fired" the entire soprano section and replaced them with the School Choir.
MUSIC - THE LAMB (Ken Neufeld; text William Blake) St Charles Choir Christmas CD - PEACE ON EARTH Available at: PeaceOnEarthCD@StCharlesChoir.org
3 - Loyala Marymont University - 27 Years as Director of Choral Activities & Professor of Music 1964-1991 Loyola University - Men's Glee - quickly changed to Men's Chorus; Loyola Marymount University - The Mount Singers was a combined effort of women from The Mount & men from Loyola. The sudden presence of women on campus led to the establishment of the LMU Women's Chorus and the inevitable birth of the LMU Consort Singers.
Almost 900 clinics, festivals, and honor choirs in his career, all over the world.
MUSIC - Western Medley - LMU Men's Chorus, ACDA CONV 1987 Roger Wagner “Folk Songs of the Frontier” - available on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/album/4a9dl2GwjxbLCCK1a2ZS63
4 - LA Master Chorale- Music Director 1991-2001. Had been assistant conductor for Roger Wagner.
MUSIC: Chant Puer Natus Est LA Master Chorale
MUSIC: Lux Aeterna, Lauridsen I. Introitus from Midwinter Songs from Lauridsen CD - 1998 - Lux Aeterna, O Magnum, Chansons de Rose, https://www.amazon.com/Lauridsen-Lux-Aeterna-Morten/dp/B000006OF1
Libera is a world renowned Boys Choir from South London, England. Unlike of the English Boy Choirs, they are not based in a famous college or English Cathedral, but instead are from many churches in South London. Their founder and conductor Robert Prizeman, has created a "Boy Band" of sorts and a world-wide phenomenon, now having performed in the US, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, the Philippines, throughout Europe and the United Kingdom. Having sung for the Queen, Popes, on TV shows and TV Specials, and for millions of fans everywhere, their arrangements, many of which are written by Prizeman, help them achieve their unique sound and their lighting effects make their shows unforgettable experiences. In addition to their "shows" and tours they usually sing two Masses per weekend. They recently performed at Christ Cathedral and sang a Mass at the Cathedral at the close of the annual Diocesan Children's Choir Camp. Hear from Robert Prizeman and three of the singers all about this amazing choir explain just how all this came to be and just what it is like being a part of this breathtaking choir.
Music: all performed by LIBERA
Melissa is one of the principal performers on the Arvella Schuller Carillon on the Christ Cathedral Campus. In this Episode, find out about the Carillon as an instrument, and what it takes to play one, especially at Christ Cathedral. Enjoy exploring this unusual instrument, its history, the locations of the major carillons in the US, where they are cast, and even who composes for this instrument. Christ Cathedral Carillon is very unusual….find out why! Installed in 1990 its 52 bells weight from 13 pounds to 6,270 pounds. All this and more on this weeks’ Music from the (Bell) Tower!
Music: All performed by Melissa Weidner, Carillonneur
Hear from Anne Tomlinson, the Artistic Director for 21 seasons of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus. Hear the history of this amazing LA institution which serves over 400 children from 50 communities across Southern California. These young singers perform with LA Phil, LA Opera, on numerous TV shows, and more! They have toured North and South America, Africa, China, Cuba, Australia, Japan and Europe! Hear from Anne and Apprentice Choir Director, Diana Landis, about the choir and its many tours and special performances.
Enjoy a bit about how Diane and Anne come to their own musicianship and outstanding careers.
Hear about the audition process and just how to become part of this spectacular program. Hear about WHY a Children’s Choir program is so important. Finally hear about special projects for the choirs and their directors as they enter the final year under Anne Tomlinson’s leadership.
Salve Regina Josu Elberdin LACC Concert Choir
Choral Hymns from Rig-Veda Gustav Holst LACC Concert Choir
III. Hymn to the Waters
In these Delightful Pleasant Groves Henry Purcell Apprentice Choir
Yo Le Canto Venezuelan Folk Song LACC Concert Choir
Artistic Director (of the Pacific Chorale) since 1972, John Alexander is one of America's most respected choral conductors. His inspired leadership both on the podium and as an advocate for the advancement of the choral art has generated international respect and acclaim.
Segment 1: John’s early years, beginning music at age 6; Son of a Choir Director and grandson of a Methodist minister from the South. Undergraduate study at Oberlin and Doctoral studies at University of Illinois. Teaching days at Cal State Northridge and Fullerton.
Music: Chanson Éloignée by Morten Lauridsen from the album American Voices with the John Alexander Singers
Segment 2: We talk about his 44 years with the Pacific Chorale, and their history before John AND after John!
Music: The Shore by Frank Ticheli recorded by the Pacific Chorale. The 3rd movement: The Black Gondola.
Segment 3: Pacific Chorale Tours..the Highlights!
Music: Motet No 3. Therry Escaich “Kyrie” recorded live with the Pacific Chorale and the composer as the organist.
Segment 4: Finally, John as College Educator, Master Conductor and Commissioner of new American Works for Choir. Hear about what is next for this amazing musician.
Music: There Shall Be Rest by Frank Ticheli recorded by the Pacific Chorale.
Segment 1: Fred’s early years in Virginia; Son of a Methodist Bishop and became the church organist at 10 years old! Study at Northwestern University and Union Theological Seminary in New York. Substitute organist at Riverside, St. Bartholomew’s, and Brick Church.
Music Fugue on the Great Theme of the Carillon of Soissons Cathedral, Maurice Duruflé from the Album The Mystic Organ, recorded at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC Fred Swann, Organist
Segment 2: The Riverside Church Years, 1957 – 1982.
Music: Bells of Riverside, Seth Bingham. From the album, Riverside Revisited. Fred Swann, Organist.
Segment 3: The Crystal Cathedral Years, 1982 – 1998.
Music: O Magnify the Lord written by Fred Swann in honor ofArvella Schuller’s 60th Birthday. From the Album, O Magnify the Lord, The Crystal Cathedral Choir. Gothic G-49048
Segment 4: First Congregational, Los Angeles, 1998 – 2001…and beyond.
Music: Fugue on “St. Denio” by John Weaver. Written for Fred Swann’s retirement from Crystal Cathedral. From the Album, Great Organs of First Church, Vol. 1, Fred Swann, organist.Gothic, G - 49118