EPISODE #30
MUSIC FROM THE TOWER: GUEST IS BOB GALLAGHER

Episode 30   February 17, 2018   Dr. Bob Gallagher serves as Minister of Music at the River Road Church in Richmond Virginia.  He is the former organist at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, DC and was a student of Crystal Cathedral’s own Fred Swann.

 

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, Organist

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

EPISODE #29
MUSIC FROM THE TOWER: GUEST IS JOE BAZYOUROS

Episode 29   February 10, 2018     Joe Bazyouros, New Director of Music for the Los Angeles Roman Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angeles.  

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

EPISODE #28
MUSIC FROM THE TOWER: GUESTS ARE CHRISTOPHER GRAVIS AND ANDREA ZOMORODIAN

Episode 28   February 3, 2018     Dr. Christopher Gravis, Director of Choral Activities, Cal State LA, and Canon for Music Ministry and Cathedral Arts at St. John Episcopal Cathedral, Los Angeles. Andrea Zomorodian, Soprano with LA Master Chorale, Pacific Chorale, Bach Collegium San Diego, Golden Bridge Consort, The Choir of St. James, and many more ensembles.

 

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   John Alexander, Conductor

MUSIC: Responses   Christopher Gravis   The Clarion Singers

MUSIC: B Minor Mass “Domine Deus”   Johann S. Bach   Andrea Zomorodian, Soprano

MUSIC: O Salutaris Hostia Eriks Esenvalds   Andrea Zomorodian, Soprano St. James in the City Choir

MUSIC: Jesus Christ the Apple Tree Elizabeth Poston St. Wilfrid’s Choir, Christopher Gravis, Conductor from “Christmas at St. Wilfrid”

MUSIC: What Sweeter Music   John Rutter St. Wilfrid’s Choir, Christopher Gravis, Conductor   from “Christmas at St. Wilfrid”

EPISODE #27
MUSIC FROM THE TOWER: GUEST IS ISABELLE DEMERS

Episode 27   January 27, 2018     Dr. Isabelle Demers, Organ Prefessor and Head of the Organ Program at Baylor University in Texas, Concert Organist and performer extraordinaire.

 

Enjoy a facinating visit with one of America’s most sought-after organ performers, Dr Isabelle 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     Isabelle Demers, Organist

MUSIC: Hallelujah, Gott zu loben   Max Reger     Isabelle Demers, Organist

MUSIC: Romeo and Juliet Organ Suite: No. 5, Balcony Scene     Isabelle Demers, Organist

MUSIC: Symphony No. 1 (IV. Toccata)   Rachel Laurin     Isabelle Demers, Organist

EPISODE #26
MUSIC FROM THE TOWER: GUESTS ARE FRED SWANN AND RICHARD UNFRIED

Episode 26   January 13, 2018     The two legends of the Crystal Cathedral, Dr. Frederick Swann and Mr. Richard Unfried. These two men presided over 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
MUSIC FROM THE TOWER: THE CHRISTMAS SHOW

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 great music of the season of Advent.

 

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: See Amid the Winter’s Snow John Goss The choirs of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, John Romeri, conducting CD: “See Amid the Wonter’s Snow”

MUSIC: Shepherd’s Pipe Carol John Rutter Cambride Singers, City of London Sinfonia, John Rutter conducting. CD: “John Rutter Collection”

MUSIC: I Saw Three Ships English Carol arr. Mack Wilberg   The 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: Candlelight Carol John Rutter Cambride Singers, City of London Sinfonia, John Rutter conducting. CD “Christmas Night”

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: Joy to the World George Handel arr. Joseph Jenkins, The Choirs and Handbell Choir of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Missouri

EPISODE #24
MUSIC FROM THE TOWER: THE ADVENT SHOW

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
MUSIC FROM THE TOWER: GUESTS ARE JAMES BUONEMANI AND TOM MUELLER

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/

Seg 1

MUSIC: Bransle de Bourgogne from Suite francaise   Francis Poulenc arranged and performed by Dr. Tom Mueller at St. James Episcopal

Seg 2

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

Seg 3

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

Seg 4

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
MUSIC FROM THE TOWER: GUEST IS PATRICK FLAHIVE

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’s 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 works with numerous choirs in 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
MUSIC FROM THE TOWER: GUEST IS MARK THALLANDER

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 Power   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 Power   Mark Thallander, Organist   Peggy Lee Whiteaker and Jeremy Reinbolt, Percussionists

MUSIC: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty Michael Burkhardt