EPISODE #34
MUSIC FROM THE TOWER: GUEST IS MATTHEW GRAY

Episode 34 April 14, 2018   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. He tells us all about the coming deAngelis Vocal Ensemble Program SACRA FRANCE!! Ooh La La!!

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 Grat, 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

EPISODE #33
MUSIC FROM THE TOWER: MUSIC FOR EASTER SUNDAY

Episode 33   March 31, 2018 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 Easter Sunday

 

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

EPISODE #32
MUSIC FROM THE TOWER: MUSIC FOR PALM SUNDAY AND HOLY WEEK

Episode 32   March 24,  2018 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 for Palm Sunday and Holy Week.

 

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

EPISODE #31
MUSIC FROM THE TOWER: GUESTS ARE STEPHEN PETRUNAK, CHRISTOPHER REILLY AND ROY SPICER

Episode 31  March 3, 2018   Stephen Petrunak, the President of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) in Washington, DC, Christopher Reilly, the President of the DMMD Division of NPM and Roy Spicer, the Vice-President of the DMMD Division of NPM.

 

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 Wil Todd   Northwestern University Chorale

MUSIC: Building Up The Kingdom Roger Holland

MUSIC: Nada to Turbe DMMD Taize Prayer     Olfary Gutierrez, soloist

MUSIC: Agnus Dei from Messe Salve Regina, Yves Castagnet

MUSIC: Sanctus from Messe Salve Regina, Yves Castagnet

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