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EPISODE #19
SOUNDS FROM THE SANCTUARY: GUEST IS MICHAEL BOWER, CATHEDRAL ORGANIST

Episode No. 19: Michael Bower, Cathedral Organist

Legendary Cathedral Organist Michael Bower joins David Ball as a grand finale to the first season of Sounds from the Sanctuary. Get an inside look at the life of Catholic Cathedral musicians – what inspires them, how the pandemic has affected musicians coast to coast, and what is inspiring both of these Cathedral Musicians as music programs emerge from the pandemic. In this episode, hear about Cathedrals from coast to coast – from our own Christ Cathedral to the Cathedral of St. Agnes in Long Island, New York where Michael Bower has been the director of music and organist running one of the most vibrant music programs in the Catholic world.

EPISODE #17
SOUNDS FROM THE SANCTUARY: GUEST IS REBECCA EHREN, YALE ORGAN STUDENT

Episode No. 17: Rebecca Ehren, Yale Organ Student

The American Guild of Organists has declared this year as the “Year of the Young Organist”. Every musician has their own story of finding music and discovering their artistic and career path. In this episode, hear the ongoing story of one young organist, Rebecca Ehren, 29 (the same age as our host, David Ball) – from her beginnings in Canada, her academic degrees, and lately to her studies at the famed Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music.

EPISODE #16
SOUNDS FROM THE SANCTUARY: GUEST IS LOCAL ORGANIST NORBERTO GUINALDO

Episode No. 16: Local Organist Norberto Guinaldo

Argentinian-born Norberto Guinaldo is one of the most recognized composers, organists, and church musicians in the world and has resided here in Orange County for over 50 years. Listen to some of his amazing compositions, one even dedicated to our host David Ball, and hear all about the journeys around the world of this incredible musician – from his origins in Buenos Aires, his studies in Paris, and his long career as a church musician in Southern California. Norberto’s works for organ are a beautiful mix of styles influenced by this man’s incredible life experiences – the folk tunes of South America, the Gregorian Chant of the Catholic Church, and the bravado of the French Improvisation Tradition. Find out more at http://www.guinaldopublications.com/http://www.guinaldopublications.com/

EPISODE #15
SOUNDS FROM THE SANCTUARY: AN EPISODE FOR SPRINGTIME

Episode No. 15: An Episode for Springtime

Springtime is a time of celebration – the end of the Academic year, the choral year, graduations, and a whole variety of important Solemnities including Pentecost, the “birthday” of the Church. In this Episode we listen to the music of Spring – from the Classical hits to the ancient chants of the church to Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance played by Paul Jacobs, the beloved tune heard all around the world at graduation ceremonies. Enjoy the refreshing and renewing music of the springtime!

EPISODE #14
SOUNDS FROM THE SANCTUARY: A CHORAL SCHOLAR’S COVID EASTER

Episode No. 14: A Choral Scholar’s Covid Easter

In the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Triduum and Easter services at Christ Cathedral signaled hope for the future with the brief return of choral music from a small but mighty Cathedral Schola of seven singers. Each of them were spaced over 25 feet apart in the choir loft conducted by our Host, David Ball, Cathedral Organist and Acting Head of Music Ministry. For experienced church musicians like David and one of today’s guests Lauren McCaul, Cathedral Music Administrator and Soprano in the Schola, this year’s Easter services are memorable in their uniqueness – singing in a very small “choir” spread so far apart it was impossible to hear the next singer, a congregation of restricted numbers for safety reasons, and this year being the second consecutive year of Easter services complicated by the pandemic. Join us today as we compare the experience of David and Lauren with that of young Alyce Reynaud, Cathedral Choral Scholar and high school senior, who for the first time was invited to join the all-professional schola this Easter and, in spite of all the difficulties of these trying times, held her own singing some of the most complicated and well-known choral anthems of the Church’s Holiest days including the high C’s in the revered Miserere Mei by Gregorio Allegri, the thundering Let all the world in ev’ry corner sing by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and a new setting of one of the oldest Easter tunes in Christendom, O Filii et Filiae (aka Ye Sons and Daughters) by Benjamin LaPrairie, Organist at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C.

EPISODE #13
SOUNDS FROM THE SANCTUARY: INTERVIEW WITH A RENAISSANCE MAN

Episode No. 13: Renaissance Man Thompson Howell

Renaissance man Thompson Howell joins us on Sounds from the Sanctuary to discuss his multifaceted career in theater, church music, and voice over. His talents have taken him on adventures throughout the country – from his beginnings in Boston, to kicking off his career in the midwest, and lately, settling here in Southern California working as a Voice Over Actor and hosting the official podcast of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Enjoy David and Thompson discuss the intersection of Church Music and Acting as well as some rarely-heard, historic organ recordings. More on this episode’s guest at: https://thompsonhowell.com/ and check out the LA AGO Podcast at: https://www.laago.org/podcasts

EPISODE #12
SOUNDS FROM THE SANCTUARY: AMPLIFY FEMALE COMPOSERS

Episode No. 12: Amplify Female Composers   

In the midst of the COVID pandemic, acclaimed organists and church musicians Janet Yieh and Carolyn Craig collaborated in founding AMPLIFY Female Composers – a project dedicated to promoting music written by female composers. As a preview for their spring 2021 offering – a virtual Stations of the Cross featuring organists playing solemn meditations – Janet and Carolyn join host David Ball to introduce our listeners to this important project. They’ll be highlighting some beautiful tracks both from their 2020 Virtual Advent Calendar; and, the upcoming Stations of the Cross. These are featuring performances by church musicians and choirs across the United States, England, and even here in California {from both San Diego native Chelsea Chen and Cathedral Organist David Ball on the mighty Walker organ of Christ Cathedral}.

Find out more about 2021’s Stations of the Cross and many more resources about female composers for music listeners and church musicians at: https://www.amplifyfemalecomposers.org/

EPISODE #11
SOUNDS FROM THE SANCTUARY: THE JOURNEY OF LENT

Episode No. 11: The Journey of Lent   

“If you want a great Easter, you have to have a great Lent” preaches Fr. Christopher Smith, Rector

and Episcopal Vicar of Christ Cathedral. It’s easy during this holy season to focus on the end of the

story – the Resurrection – without making the most of the singular opportunity that the Lenten season

offers us as a time for reflection and meditation in preparation for the holiest seasons of the Church

year. Join us on today’s episode as we journey musically through the season of Lent – from the great

Psalm 51 (Miserere Mei/Have Mercy on Me, O God) of Ash Wednesday all the way through the

dramatic raising of Lazarus on the Fifth Sunday of Lent.

EPISODE #10
SOUNDS FROM THE SANCTUARY: VOICES IN A QUIET CATHEDRAL

Episode No. 10: Alan Terricciano, UCI Composer and Dance Professor (Part 2)   

Inspired by Instagram photos of Christ Cathedral, hauntingly beautiful, emptied because of the pandemic, Alan Terricciano (featured in Episode 9) composed Voices in a Quiet Cathedral for solo organ. With Alan as our guide, words from the

mind of the composer himself accompany our journey through this new work hearing the background story behind each moment of this stunningly serene music performed by our host David Ball on the gorgeous Walker Technical Organ at

Christ Cathedral. Also featuring Enceladus recorded in the legendary, spatial acoustic of St. Paul the Apostle Church, Lincoln Center, NYC.

EPISODE #9
SOUNDS FROM THE SANCTUARY: GUEST IS ALAN TERRICCIANO, UCI COMPOSER AND DANCE PROFESSOR

Episode No. 9: Alan Terricciano, UCI Composer and Dance Professor      

Every music lover wishes they could go back in time and ask the great composers like Bach, Mozart, or Beethoven what inspired their music and the stories behind every piece. Today, we are lucky enough to ask exactly those questions of a

living composer, Alan Terricciano, Composer and Professor of Dance at University of California – Irvine. Listen to the composer himself not only introduce and describe his own music, but also improvise music off-the-cuff at the piano.

Discover the vast, emotional gamut of local composer Alan Terricciano’s music – from the playfulness of a hoedown for solo violin, to the spontaneous music improvised at a piano, and finally to the passionate work Ash in remembrance of

the events of 9/11 that brought the world together.