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EPISODE #3
SOUNDS FROM THE SANCTUARY: THE AMERICAN HYMN TRADITION

Episode No. 3 The American Hymn Tradition

Often overlooked, the United States has a unique style of hymnody finding its roots in the church music brought from Europe by the pilgrims, the American south, and the folk tradition of the Appalachians. Experience settings of the most beloved and recognizable American hymns including Amazing Grace, Simple Gifts, Wondrous Love and many others. Alongside gorgeous recordings of these melodies by classical performers like Anonymous 4, Yo-Yo Ma, Tenebrae, and our own David Ball on the Fred Swann Organ, this show also features some rarely-heard recordings of American Hymns by mainstream artists including Johnny Cash, Ed Sheeran, and even the “mother of folk” herself, Jean Ritchie.

EPISODE #2
SOUNDS FROM THE SANCTUARY: THE MUSIC OF THE PSALMS

Episode No. 2 The Music of the Psalms

From the Latin motets of the Sistine Chapel deep within a 16th-century Vatican City to the Anglican tradition of the Cathedral of St. Paul’s in bustling 19th-century London, discover the universal beauty of the Psalms of David set in differing styles, genres, and languages. Featuring tracks from John Scott’s renowned recording of all 150 psalms from St. Paul’s, London and some newly-composed 21st-century psalms by living composers Fr. Jim Chepponis and Luke Mayernik.

EPISODE #1
SOUNDS FROM THE SANCTUARY: CELEBRATING 150 YEARS OF LOUIS VIERNE

Episode No. 1 Celebrating 150 Years of Louis Vierne

Sounds from the Sanctuary celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Louis Vierne, French composer and famed organist of Notre Dame in Paris, with a playlist of some of his greatest hits. Featuring recordings of American organists Dr. David Crean, Christopher Houlihan, George Baker, and Diane Bish; and historical recordings of Pierre Cochereau, Virgil Fox, Richard Morris, Stephen Cleobury, Vierne himself, and a never-before-heard recording of André Marchal.

EPISODE #80
MUSIC FROM THE TOWER: MARIAN MUSIC FOR THE MONTH OF MAY

Episode No. 80 Marian Music for the Month of May

 Guest Host David Ball takes us on a musical journey of Marian Music – from some of the oldest written hymns to classic Romantic-era solo works to well-known choral settings. Joining David is composer and friend of the show Daniel Ficarri. A recent graduate of the Juilliard School in New York, Daniel Ficarri speaks from the heart of a composer about the inspiring nature of Marian texts, and shares with us his own Ave Maria – a radio premiere and exclusive to Music from the Tower! Featured alongside Ficarri’s stunning new Ave Maria are classics including the Schubert, Bach-Gounod, and Biebl settings; and some lesser-known, yet equally gorgeous settings by living composers Anna Jacobs, Cecilia McDowall, James Biery, and John Rutter.

EPISODE #79
MUSIC FROM THE TOWER: AN EASTER LIKE NO OTHER

Episode No. 79 Easter 2020, An Easter Like No Other

Four Cathedral Musicians talk about what it was like to prepare for Holy Week, Triduum and Easter Sunday without congregations, without instrumentalists, with a limited number of singers and in some cases just an organ and cantor. The Corona virus has given the church an Easter like none of us have ever experienced before. Enjoy this fascinating look into the planning (and replanning) that it took to make Easter 2020 come alive in four of the nations most important cathedrals:

GUESTS:
Christ Cathedral, Orange California Dr. John A Romeri, Director of Music and David L. Ball, Assistant Director of Music and Cathedral Organist
Christ Our Light Cathedral, Oakland California Dr. Rudy De Vos, Director of Music and Organist
St. Thomas More Cathedral, Arlington Virginia Dr. Richard Gibala, Director of Music and Organist
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC Dr. Peter Latona, Director of Music and Organist

MUSIC: Haec Dies John Shepherd (1515 – 1558) Christ Cathedral (6 staff singers) John Romeri, conductor
MUSIC: Alleluia Randall Thompson Christ Our Light Cathedral (8 staff singers) Rudy De Vos, conductor
MUSIC: The Lord Will Reign Forever James Biery St. Thomas More Cathedral (recorded before Corona with their Cathedral Choir) Richard Gibala, conductor
MUSIC: Christ our Passover, Peter Latona The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (5 singers) Peter Latona, conductor
MUSIC: In The Father’s Glory Peter Latona The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (5 singers) Peter Latona, conductor

ARTICLE: The Music of the Easter Season: Adapting to the Challenges of Coronavirus Dr. Peter Latona

 

EPISODE #78
MUSIC FROM THE TOWER: A SPECIAL EPISODE OF “SOUNDS FROM THE SPIRES” WITH HOST DR. JENNIFER PASCUAL – RECORDED AT SIRIUS XM STUDIOS IN NEW YORK

Episode No 78 Dr. Jennifer Pascual, Dr. John Romeri, David Ball on a special episode of “Sounds from the Spire”. Dr. Pascual from St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, interviews the musicians of American’s newest Cathedral.

Hear a fascinating visit with three of the busiest Church Musicians in the country. St Patrick’s Cathedral and Christ Cathedral in Orange California are no doubt two of the wildest places on earth. Lots of people, parishioners and tourists, pour into these great cathedrals for many masses each weekend. John and David has been musical team since David was in high school back in their St. Louis Cathedral days. Hear some wonderful music from the choirs of Christ Cathedral, some great organ playing by David Ball, and even a surprise piece from the Papal visit in 1999 in St. Louis!

MUSIC: Te Deum Rachel Lauren David Ball, organist Cathedral Brass, John Romeri, Conductor
MUSIC: Let the People Praise Thee. William Mathias. Cathedral Choirs and Orchestra, John Romeri, Conductor
MUSIC: Paean. Herbert Howells. David Ball, Organist
MUSIC: Hic est vere martyr. Sebastian de Vivanco arr. David Ball. Cathedral Schola, John Romeri, Conductor
MUSIC: Festival Alleluia James Chepponis 1999 Papal Visit to St. Louis. Archdiocesan Choirs and Orchestra. Schoot Kennebeck, Cantor, John Romeri, Conductor
MUSIC: Dieu Parmi Nous. Olivier Messiaen David Ball, Organist
MUSIC: I Was Glad. Herbert H Parry. Cathedral Choirs and Orchestra, John Romeri, Conductor

EPISODE #71
MUSIC FROM THE TOWER: GUEST IS DAVID CREAN

Episode No. 71 Dr. David Crean, Organist, Church Musician, Recitalist, Radio Host, and the Author of the new book on the Hazel Wright Pipe Organ (With special co-host David L. Ball)

Dr. David Crean enjoys a multi-faced career as a teacher, recitalist, church musician, and radio personality. He has concertized throughout the United States and completed two concert tours of Australia, where he gave several Australian premieres and performed on historic organs. In 2014 he was the opening recitalist of WQXR’s “Bachstock” marathon performance of the complete organ works of J.S. Bach. Other recent highlights include the Poulenc organ concerto with the Bach Society of Dayton, recitals at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, St. Thomas Fifth Ave., Central College Presbyterian (Columbus, OH), and several programs for American Guild of Organists (AGO) chapters.

A committed teacher at the keyboard and in the classroom, David has taught organ, harpsichord, and theory at Wright State since 2014. From 2013 to 2017 he was University Organist and Director of Chapel Music at Wittenberg University, and has held adjunct positions at Juilliard and The University of Iowa. He also serves as sub-dean of the Dayton, OH chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Since February 2017, David has been the midday host at Discover Classical WDPR, Dayton’s only full-time classical radio station. As Music Director, he also plans music for nearly 70 hours of weekly live broadcast and manages a library of nearly 10,000 recordings. An active church musician since age 15, he currently serves as Organist and Music Director at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Dayton, where he directs the adult choir and leads worship from the 1989 C.B. Fisk Organ.

An avid writer, David is in demand as a program and CD annotator. He currently supplies program notes for Juilliard performances and has written liner notes for several CD’s (including one Grammy-winner). His dissertation focused on the life and works of Samuel P. Warren, organist at New York’s Grace Church in the 19th century and founding member of the AGO. He serves as an occasional reviewer for Notes: the Journal of the Music Library Association and The Diapason. Additional articles have appeared in The American Organist.

A native of New York, David received his D.M.A. from The Juilliard School, where he was the 2014 recipient of the Richard F. French Doctoral Prize for outstanding research in a dissertation. He also holds degrees from Oberlin College/Conservatory and The University of Iowa. His former teachers include Paul Jacobs, Lionel Party, Greg Hand, Delbert Disselhorst, and David Boe. http://www.davidcrean.info

All music performed by Dr. Crean.
MUSIC: Sonata in C Major BWV 529 by J.S. Bach (1685-1750) 1. Allegro Fisk Organ, St. George’s Episcopal Church, Dayton, OH
MUSIC: Concert Piece No. 1 in C minor by Louis Thiele (1816-1848) Casavant Organ, Brick Presbyterian Church, New York City
MUSIC: Fugue in G Minor, BWV 535 by J.S. Bach Klais Organ, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, New York City
MUSIC: Prelude et danse fugee [sic] by Gaston Litaize (1909-1991 Casavant Organ, First Congregational Church, Iowa City, IA

EPISODE #63
MUSIC FROM THE TOWER: SPECIAL CHRIST CATHEDRAL CONCERT PREVIEW SHOW FOR 2019-2020

Episode No. 63 Saturday June 22, 2019 Your hosts John A. Romeri, Christ Cathedral Director of Music and David L. Ball, Cathedral Assistant Director of Music and Organist

 

Hear John and David describe the amazing artists and  music coming to Christ Cathedral in our 4th season of concerts.

 

Christ Cathedral Concerts 2019 – 2020

Sunday, July 21, 2019  3 PM  Christ Cathedral

Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School

Charles Cole, Conductor

            MUSIC:   Haec Dies, John Shappard

            MUSIC:   Salvator Mundi, Thomas Tallis

 

Thursday, August 1, 2019  7:30 PM Christ Cathedral

Pacific Symphony and Pacific Chorale performs Beethoven 9th Symphony

Carl St. Clair, Conductor

            MUSIC:  Symphony No 9  4th Movement  Ludwig van Beethoven

            MUSIC:  Symphony No 9  4th Movement finale  Ludwig van Beethoven

 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019  7:30 PM Christ Cathedral Arboretum

Libera Boy Choir of London

Robert Prizeman, Conductor

            MUSIC:  Libera   Robert Prizeman
MUSIC:  Sanctus   Johann Pachebel/Robert Prizeman

 

Saturday, October 24, 2019  2 PM  Christ Cathedral

Mark Thallander Foundation Festival of Faith

Dr. Mack Wilberg, Conductor

 

Wednesday, November 20, 2019  7:30 PM   Christ Cathedral

Tenebrae Choir of London

Nigel Short, Conductor

            MUSIC: Ubi Caritas   Paul Mealor

            MUSIC:  Path of Miracles  “Leon”  Joby Talbot

 

Friday, December 13, 2019   Christ Cathedral

Christmas at the Cathedral

Christ Cathedral Choirs

            MUSIC:  The Snow Lay on the Ground  arr. Julian Wachner

 

Saturday, January 18, 2020  8:00 PM   Christ Cathedral

Westminster Choir from Westminster Choir College

Dr. Joe Miller, Conductor

            MUSIC:  Haec Dies   William Byrd

            MUSIC:  The Lord Bless You and Keep You   Peter Lutkin

 

Friday, April 24, 2020  7:30 PM  Christ Cathedral

Cathedral Choir from Notre Dame, Paris

Henri Chalet, Conductor   Yves Castagnet, Organist

            MUSIC:  Messe Salve Regina  Yves Castagnet

 

Friday, May 15, 2020  8:00 PM  Christ Cathedral

Hazel Wright Organ Rededication

            MUSIC:  Cantata No. 29  Johann S. Bach   Paul Jacobs, Organist

 

EPISODE #42
MUSIC FROM THE TOWER: GUESTS ARE DANIEL FICARRI & DAVID BALL

Episode No. 42  Saturday, July 21, 2018  Daniel Ficarri, Organist, Composer, Juilliard student, Organ Scholar at St. Paul the Apostle in NYC, Founder of “Sacred sounds at St. Paul’s”; David L. Ball. Assistant Director of Music and Organist, Christ Cathedral

Daniel is another of the many success stories of the great Juilliard teacher, Paul Jacobs.  However, unlike the incredible organists who have filled America’s greatest churches and have come from this great institution and this amazing teacher, Daniel is not just another super-star organist.  Daniel is an already famed composer;  a commissioned composer at that!  You will hear from this spectacular young musician, as he talks about his latest commission, this time, a piece for the dedication of the new Dobson pipe organ at the famed St. Thomas Church in New York.  This piece was commissioned by the British music journal, Choir and Organ, for this very special occasion.  Daniel was featured in the latest issue of this magazine with a great article and even the possibility of downloading his latest piece.  On the radio, he is joined by our very own organist and Juilliard graduate, David L. Ball.  It is David who actually commissioned Daniel to write two other organ pieces. Enjoy these two wonderful young organists as they talk about commissioning music, composing it and performing it.  One of our best shows yet.  You will no doubt hear lots more about both of these astonishing talents!

http://www.danielficarri.com  http://www.davidballorgan.com

MUSIC: Carillon de Westminster Louis Vierne   Daniel Ficarri, Organist
MUSIC: Prelude in D Major  Daniel Ficarri, Composer and Organist  recorded at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church, Scarsdale, NY   Commissioned by David L. Ball
MUSIC: Suite for Organ No. 1  Adagio   Daniel Ficarri, Composer and Organist  recorded at St. Paul the Apostle, New York City    Commissioned by David L. Ball
MUSIC: Suite for Organ No. 1  Toccata   Daniel Ficarri, Composer and Organist  recorded at St. Paul the Apostle, New York City    Commissioned by David L. Ball
MUSIC:  Exsultation  Daniel Ficarri, Composer and Organist  recorded at St. Vincent Ferrer, New York City    Commissioned by Choir and Organ Magazine

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