"MUSIC from the TOWER" Radio Program


"MUSIC from the TOWER" Radio Program

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Episode 26   January 13, 2018     The two legends of the Crystal Cathedral, Dr. Frederick Swann and Mr. Richard Unfried.  These two men presided ov er the great Hazel Wright Organ for many years.

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


Episode 25   December 23, 2017     Christ Cathedral Musicians, Dr. John Romeri, Director of Music, and David L. Ball, Assistant Director and Organist, present a special MUSIC FROM THE TOWER with the festive music of the blessed season of Christmas.

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

Episode 24   December 16, 2017     Christ Cathedral Musicians, Dr. John Romeri, Director of Music, and David L. Ball, Assistant Director and Organist, present a special MUSIC FROM THE TOWER with the great music of the season of Advent.

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"

Episode 23   December 9, 2017     Canon James Buonemani, Organist-Choirmaster, and Dr. Tom Mueller, Associate Organist, are the musicians at St. James Episcopal Church, Los Angeles.  Both are brilliant organists, composers and arrangers.  Dr. Mueller is also the Assistant Professor of Church Music and the University Organist at Concordia University, Irvine.

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

Episode 22   December 2, 2017     Patrick Flahive, noted Children's Choir Director, Director of Music, Sacred Heart Church, Covina, Past President of The American Federaltion of Pueri Cantores, and the Conductor and Founder of Pueri Cantores San Gabriel Valley.

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



Episode 21   November 18, 2017     Mark Thallander, Concert Organist, long-time Organist at Crystal Cathedral (1976-1993), President of the Mark Thallander Foundation.

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


Episode 20    November 11, 2017     Dr. Jung-A Lee, Concert Organist, Organist at St. Andrew Presbyterian, Organist for the Pacific Symphony, Artist-in-Residence for Pacific Chorale.

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.

Episode 19    November 4, 2017     Carl St. Clair, Conductor of the Pacific Symphony

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

Episode 18    October 20, 2017     Johann Vexo, Concert Organist, Choir Organist of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, and Titular Organist of Nancy Cathedral.

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

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Episode 17  October 7, 2017   Stephen Salts, Singer, Conductor, and the Creator of "HOWELLS 125"

 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)

Howells 125 upcoming performances

Episode 16  September 30, 2017   Richard Unfried, First official Organist of the Garden Grove Community Church, the Hour of Power and later the Crystal Cathedral.  

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.

Episode 15  September 23, 2017   Dr. Robert Istad, NEW Artistic Director and Conductor for Pacific Chorale, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies, California State University, Fullerton.

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

Episode 14  September 16, 2017   Matthew Gray, Founder and Director of DeAngelis Vocal Ensemble, Director of Music at the Mission Basilica of San Juan Capistrano, Assistant Director of the Diocesan Choir of Orange.

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   


Episode 13   September 9, 2017   Fr. Christopher Smith, Pastor and Rector of Christ Cathedral; David Ball, Assistant Director and Organist, Christ Cathedral; and Lauren McCaul, Cathedral Music Administrator and Cathedral Cantor.

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.


Episode 12  September 2, 2017   Dr. Steven Ball, Organist Extraordinaire! Whether playing the largest organ in the world at Boardwalk Hall in New Jersey or the largest outdoor organ in the world in San Diego, there is no-one who knows municipal pipe organs like Dr. Ball.  Hear a fascinating program on pipe organs, especially municipal organs and lots of great music to go with it.

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


Episode 11  August 26, 2017   A Tribute show to PAUL SALAMUNOVICH, with guests James Drollinger, Director of Music and Liturgy at St. Charles Borromeo in North Hollywood and Dominic MacAller, Director of Music at Padre Serra Church in Camarillo.  Both Jim and Dom were lifelong friends and students of Paul.

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.

MUSIC - Panis Angelicus (Franck) - Paul Salamunovick, soloist

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

Episode 10  August 12, 2017   LIBERA , Robert Prizeman, Founder, Conductor, Composer, Arranger
and Three of the Singers from Libera: Peter Kiety, Alex Gula and Leo Barron

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

Sanctus  (based upon the Pachelbel Canon)
Angeli Dei   by Robert Prizeman  from their new album HOPE
Wayfaring Stranger    from their new album HOPE
Joyful Joyful we adore Thee   Beethoven/ Prizeman

Episode 9  July 22, 2017   Melissa Weidner, Carillonneur

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

Prelude 8 by Matthias van den Gheyn
Prelude 7 by Joannes Franciscus Volckerick
Image No. 2 by Emilien Allard
“Toccata Festevole” from Suite No. 1 for Carillon by John Courter  

Episode 8:  Saturday, July 15, 2017  Anne Tomlinson, Artistic Director for the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and Diana Landis, Director of the Apprentice Choir for the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and Director of the Children’s Choir program for Our Lady Queen of Angels, Newport Beach, CA

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

Episode 7  Saturday, July 9, 2017  John Alexander, Conductor, Educator  

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. 

Episode 6 Saturday, July 1, 2017  Frederick Swann, Organist   “Crown Prince of the King of Instruments!”

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

Episode 5: Saturday, June 24, 2017   Mary Wilson, Soprano  

"Shining soprano Mary Wilson, a gift from the gods if I ever heard one…her singing was exquisite.”San Francisco Classical Voice

 This amazing soprano super-star, recently sang here in Orange County with The Pacific Symphony and the Pacific Chorale.  What a great talent!  She is a long-time friend of MUSIC FROM THE TOWER host, John Romeri, and together that review the spectacular career of this outstand musician: her beginnings, her education, her years in St. Louis with the St. Louis Bach Society and Christ Episcopal Cathedral, and finally her work in Memphis.  Enjoy the insights into the life of this great American Soprano.

Quoniam from Handel Gloria   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GN8F4DQ/ref=dm_ws_tlw_trk19

I Know That My Redeemer Liveth from Handel Messiah    https://www.amazon.com/Handels-Messiah-Cathedral-Jeffrey-Thomas/dp/B01LWJ6HZ5/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1496872180&sr=8-1&keywords=handel+messiah+american+bach

Kyrie from Haydn Lord Nelson Mass   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G2KTKDU/ref=dm_ws_tlw_trk1

Alleluia from Handel Silete venti    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GN8EWMK/ref=dm_ws_tlw_trk5 

Episode Four:  Saturday, June 17, 2017   Peter Phillips, Founder and Conductor of the Tallis Scholars

Segment 1: Hear from a man who has founded and conducted the Tallis Scholars.....since 1973...over 2000 concerts, over 60 recordings! Hear how he founded the group and why! He will describe his training and what led him to the founding of this world-famous group.

Byrd Mass for 5 voices: Gloria      https://app.box.com/s/e8cizhu2zc3kdop3lcz6

Segment 2: TALLIS SCHOLARS since 1973. And why Tallis Scholars? Why not the Byrd Scholars? Tomkins Scholars? Was there an original intent to study and perform only the works of Tallis?  Hear from founder Peter Phillips.   Hear the first reaction from American audiences on their first American tour.

Pärt - Magnificat      https://app.box.com/s/uuz8swe28f2chjb9pw7i1fuqn8l28a34

Segment 3:   What is next for the Tallis Scholars? What is next for Peter Phillips? Find out on MUSIC FROM THE TOWER

Pärt - Nunc dimittis      https://app.box.com/s/xwdo6kywd87vt8se4s2iz6rowih521v3

Segment 4:   Hear more about the singers of Tallis Scholars.  Their selection process and maybe even a little singer horror story!! 

Palestrina - Sicut Lilium      https://app.box.com/s/ctq7sov23qkq7u0xmxbgfn5489vp1xrk

EPISODE THREE:  Saturday, June 10, 2017  Virgil Funk, Founder and first President of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) 

Segment 1: We speak about the founding of NPM and its influence on the music-making of the Roman Catholic Church. 

Segment 2:  We discuss a conference that Fr. Funk and Dr. Romeri both attended in Rome entitled “Music and Culture” with musicians from around the world, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Papal Document, Musicam Sacram.

Segment 3-4:  We speak of great musicians and educators in the field of Sacred Music, highlighting especially Dr. Paul Salamunivich and Fr. Lawrence Heiman, C.PP.S.

MUSIC:  All of the music for this episode is taken from a CD entitled Paul Salamunivich Conducting the NPM Convention Choir, recorded live at the Cathedral of SS Peter and Paul, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Segment 1:   Festival Hymn of Thanksgiving arr. Paul Sjolund


(The same piece but from a different album)

Segment 2 :  Holy God, We Praise Thy Name.  arr. Ronald Arnatt

Segment 3:  Were You There   arr. Sue Wallace

Segment 4:  The conclusion of “Holy God”

Dr. Paul Jacobs, Concert Organist and Organ Professor at The Juilliard School in New York,
David L. Ball, Organist and Assistant Director of Music, Christ Cathedral, Garden Grove, California
Michael T. C. Hey, Organist and Assistant Director of Music, St. Patrick Cathedral, New York City.

Hear from one of the finest organists in the world about his life, his early days becoming an organist, studying at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, his amazing career as both famous teacher and concert artist.  As a Grammy-winning artist, Dr. Jacobs tells of his grand projects, from the playing of the complete works of Bach at the age of 23, to commissioning works for and playing with the most famous orchestras around the country.  He will be joined by two of his students who now play for two of the largest churches in the country, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York and Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA.  This is a fascinating look these great musicians in both the concert world and the world of Sacred Music in the church.  As fierce champions for the Pipe Organ, and as performers on some of the largest and greatest organs in the country, hear their predictions for the future of the organ in the church and in concerts halls.


Segment 1    Fugue in D Major, BWV 532    J. S. Bach   Recorded LIVE at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC


Segment 2:  American Mavericks Album:  Lou Harrison: Concerto for Organ and Percussion Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor, Paul Jacobs, Organist   Fourth Movement.


Segment 3: Livre du Saint Sacrement:  III. Le Dieu cache (The Hidden God), Olivier Messiaen, Paul Jacobs's GRAMMY-winning album


Segment 4:, Divine Redeemer Album:  Christine Brewer, Soprano, Paul Jacobs, Organ, 12 Pieces, Op. 59:  No 6Fugue in D Major, Max Reger


EPISODE ONE:  May 27, 2017    "The Music of Christ Cathedral"  
with Bishop Kevin Vann, Fr Christopher Smith and Dr. Patricia Lamb

GUESTS:  Bishop Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, Father Christopher Smith, Rector of Christ Cathedral, Dr. Patricia Lamb, Director of Music and Organist, Our Lady, Queen of Angels, and head of the Music Task Force, who created the vision for the Music Program of Christ Cathedral and the hiring of the first Music Director.

Enjoy Bishop Vann and Fr. Christopher talk about their beginning studies as a musician and just how their musical life led them to religious life.  They detail their musical hopes and dreams for the new Christ Cathedral.  Dr. Patricia Lamb joins them to explain the work of the Diocesan Music task Force which together with Bishop Vann and Fr. Christopher formed the vision for the musical life of this wonderful new cathedral.

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Chosen by Bishop Vann:
Hymn Prelude on Rhosymedre or "Lovely", Todd Wilson, In a Quiet Cathedral              http://a.co/2WY6LoM
Toccata from the Fifth Symphony, Virgil Fox, The Digital Fox, Volume II, http://a.co/hiQRt6T

Chosen by Fr. Christopher:
Fugue in g minor, BWV 578, "Little G Minor",  Ton Koopman.  Bach: Complete Organ Works       http://a.co/1t3yazt

Chose by Dr. Lamb:  Let all the world in every corner sing  Southwestern Seminary Oratorio Chorus & The Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra Masterworks Montage http://a.co/6G0I08B


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