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EPISODE #69
MUSIC FROM THE TOWER: GUEST IS WESLEY MARTIN

Episode No. 69 Saturday, September 28 2019  Wesley Martin, Artistic Director for the All-American Boys Chorus, conductor, arranger, educator

Enjoy a great visit with Wes Martin, who was born and raised in Australia but has been living in Southern California since 2002 when he became the Artistic Director for the All-American Boys Chorus.  After graduating from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Wesley Martin was awarded the prized Hungarian State Scholarship and went on to study at the esteemed Kodály Interzet, Hungary.  This unique experience impressed upon him the beauty and joy of choral singing and its potential to transform the lives of both performer and audience.  Classically trained as a singer and music educator, Wes’ diverse musical interests cover many different styles and genres, his principal interest being popular music styles.  With expertise in building choral tone and a special interest in developing choral ensemble with the child’s voice and over twenty years’ experience with many different choral ensembles, Wes believes in the life enriching experiences that can be had through music and especially choral singing. Under Wes’ musical direction the All-American Boys Chorus has been delighting audiences with its engaging, fun performances and has emerged as a favorite of event organizers and concert presenters regionally and nationally, as well as becoming one of America’s premier boys’ choirs.  Under his leadership, the All-American Boys Chorus received the coveted Outstanding Arts Organization Award for 2011.  Over the years, along with the AABC, Wes’ collaborations have included; John Williams, Josh Groban, The Vienna Boys Choir, The Disney Company, Jerry Lewis, Cartoon Network, The Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Opera Pacific, The Canadian Brass, The Philadelphia Boys Choir, The Masters of Harmony and the Tournament of Roses.  He has led the AABC in numerous TV appearances including; CHRISTMAS IN L.A., CARTOON NETWORK, JERRY’S KID’S and SCRUBS, as well as being recognized for his work with GOOD NEWS FOR KID’S, one of the region’s major charitable events.  Wes has led numerous acclaimed international tours and performances in world-class venues such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, London; Carnegie Hall, New York and The Sydney Opera House. This Fall they will participate in the Mark Thallander Foundation’s Fall Festival of Faith here at Christ Cathedral on Saturday, October 26, 2019, 2 PM.

How do I join the All-American Boys Chorus?    https://www.taabc.org/join/

MUSIC from the All-American Boys Chorus:

SONG FOR THE MIRA  Words and music by Allister MacGillivray  Arr. Stuart Calvert

CALIFORNIA DREAMING  John Phillips and Michelle Phillips   Arr. Wes Martin

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD By George David Weiss and Bob Thiele.  Arr. Mark A. Brymer

THE MOON REPRESENTS MY HEART  Lyrics by Sun Yi and music by Weng Ching-his  Arr. Wes Martin

EPISODE #67
MUSIC FROM THE TOWER: GUEST IS THE LIBERA BOY CHOIR

Episode No. 67 Saturday, September 7, 2019 Libera Boy Choir with Robert Prizeman, their founder, conductor, composer and arranger and three of their wonderful singers: Cassius Collard, Tadhg Fitzgerald and Daniel White.

This year’s Libera visit to Christ Cathedral of course brought us an absolute sonic performance and luckily also brought us another wonderful radio program. Each year we find out a bit more about this spectacular group from its founding to its future CD’s and tours. Hear from Robert as well as three of the choristers about their tours, their vocal work, how they differ from other boy choirs, and even their philosophy for choosing the music they perform. You can hear in the boys just how much their membership in Libera means to them and just what it has done for these young men’s lives. Another astonishing example of how the gift of music can not only touch their audiences by the thousands all over the world, but also touches the hearts of these 40 wonderful young choristers.

Music today is from their two CD’s “HOPE” and “BEYOND”. available everywhere. https://libera.org.uk
They are also featured in one piece on the Christ Cathedral Dedication CD which can be purchased on our website: http://christcathedralmusic.org/commemorative-dedication-cd

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd0Y5kNcb6DKSDyAkQXtMpg LIBERA YouTube channel

MUSIC: In Paradisum Ben Robbins (Beyond)
MUSIC: Angel Robert Prizeman (Hope)
MUSIC: Mother of God Sir John Tavener (Beyond)
MUSIC: Voca Me Robert Prizeman (Beyond)
MUSIC: Benedictus Deus (Extended song from “The Greatest Miracle”) Mark McKenzie (Beyond)