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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#55
CATHEDRAL SQUARE: GUEST IS SR. KIT GRAY OF THE SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH OF ORANGE

Fr. Christopher Smith covers “all things Christ Cathedral” on the Cathedral Square radio show. He also relishes the chance to welcome good friends to the studio, located high atop the Tower of Hope. Today’s guest is extra special.

Sr. Kit Gray has made her presence known in the Diocese of Orange for many years, most notably in her vital work with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.

Today, they will discuss Pope Francis’  declaration that 2021 would be ‘the Year of St. Joseph.’

 

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Original broadcast date 5/1/21

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#54
CATHEDRAL SQUARE: GUEST IS LINDA JI – DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF FAMILY LIFE IN THE DIOCESE OF ORANGE

On this episode, host Fr. Christopher Smith welcomes a guest who is making a real impact on the lives of many families throughout our diocese. Her name is Linda Ji; and, her title is Director of the Office of Family Life in the Diocese of Orange.

With a job title like that, one can only imagine all the hats that Linda wears each day.

Listen in.. and, be sure to share this podcast with a friend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original broadcast on 4/10/21

EPISODE #272
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: EASTER JOY!

If you are a frequent listener to the Empowered by the Spirit radio broadcast, you know that our host, Deacon Steve Greco, is a man of great enthusiasm for his Catholic faith. And when it comes to Easter, that can be quite infectious!

On today’s offering, Deacon had the chance to sit down with our very own Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Orange, Timothy Freyer. This session was recorded in more of a “living room” setting, rather than the studio. I think it adds more of an intimate ambience of sound quality.

Listen in, and I guarantee you will find it to be time well spent!

 

 

Originally broadcast on radio – 4/4/21

EPISODE#224
OC CATHOLIC RADIO: HIGHLIGHTS OF HOLY WEEK

Host Rick Howick interviews guests on a variety of topics. On this week’s program, Rick welcomes back the Vicar-General for the Diocese of Orange, Msgr. Stephen Doktorczyk.  He also serves as the Moderator of the Curia.

On this broadcast, Rick and Monsignor drill down on some of the most important highlights of Holy Week!

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 3/20/21

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#51
CATHEDRAL SQUARE: LENTEN MISSION CHRIST CATHEDRAL PARISH (LAST OF A 3-PART SERIES)

Fr. Christopher Smith is the Rector and Episcopal Vicar of Christ Cathedral. Last year, he shared a 3-part parish mission at one of our parishes in the Diocese of Orange.

This podcast is the third of a 3-part series.

Be sure to share this with someone. They’ll be glad you did!

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on radio in April of 2020

EPISODE#50
CATHEDRAL SQUARE: LENTEN MISSION CHRIST CATHEDRAL PARISH (SECOND OF A 3-PART SERIES)

Fr. Christopher Smith is the Rector and Episcopal Vicar of Christ Cathedral; and, he hosts the weekly Cathedral Square radio show. If you have ever been fortunate to hear one of his homilies at mass, you know that he is truly a gifted speaker. Last year, he shared a 3-part parish mission at one of our beautiful parishes in the Diocese of Orange.

This podcast is the second of a 3-part series.

Be sure to share this with someone. You will both benefit tremendously!

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on radio in April of 2020

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.