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EPISODE #28
SOUNDS FROM THE SANCTUARY: BLESSING OF THE RESTORED HAZEL WRIGHT ORGAN

Episode No. 28: Blessing of the Restored Hazel Wright Organ

In this episode of Sounds from the Sanctuary, host David Ball (Cathedral Organist and Music Ministry Director) visits with Dr. Emma Whitten (Associate Organist @ Christ Cathedral) and Kevin Cartwright (Curator for the Hazel Wright Organ). They talk about an evening for the ages that took place in late June inside Christ Cathedral. It was the official blessing of the restored Hazel Wright Organ. In fact, Pope Francis himself issued a special ‘Papal Blessing” in the form of a note to Bishop Kevin Vann. It was read aloud to all in the congregation that evening.

The balance of the show will feature some words and organ playing of one Josep Sole Coll. Josep is the Principal Organist of the Papal Basilica of St. Peter’s in the Vatican and Organist for Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff.

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Originally broadcast on 7/9/22

EPISODE#256
OC CATHOLIC RADIO: THE BLESSING OF THE HAZEL WRIGHT ORGAN

Fr. Christopher Smith joins us in-studio for a discussion on the official blessing ceremony of the newly renovated Hazel Wright Organ inside Christ Cathedral. You’ll enjoy this wonderful conversation, with our own Rick Howick serving as host. We might even slip in some wonderful music from “Hazel” as well!

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Originally broadcast on 6/25/22

EPISODE #27
SOUNDS FROM THE SANCTUARY: KEVIN CARTWRIGHT, CURATOR FOR THE HAZEL WRIGHT ORGAN

Episode No. 27: A visit with Kevin Cartwright, Curator for the Hazel Wright Organ

 

In this episode of Sounds from the Sanctuary, get to know Kevin Cartwright, the hardworking Curator for the famed Hazel Wright Organ. Mr. Cartwright, freshly out of breath from finishing tuning all 17,000+ pipes of Hazel, the 5th-largest organ in the world, tells us his story. He talks about his beginnings in Southern Alabama; and, working with the famed Manuel Rosales on some incredible organs. He currently oversees the day to day maintenance of Christ Cathedral’s world-famous instrument, along with other projects including preserving the historic Griffith Park Carousel in Los Angeles.

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 6/11/22

EPISODE#252
OC CATHOLIC RADIO: A TIME OF TRANSITION AT CHRIST CATHEDRAL

Welcome to a very special “family edition” of the OC Catholic Radio Show with your host, Rick Howick. Fr. Christopher Smith has been the longtime Episcopal Vicar and Rector at Christ Cathedral Parish. On this podcast episode, Rick chats with Father about his upcoming transition to “Rector Emeritus.”

Always known for his unique and powerful homilies, today’s discussion will also touch on the many years of Father Christopher’s anointed teaching of homiletics to priests and deacons.

In the final segment of our podcast, we’ll offer a sneak preview of some of the upcoming events involving the legendary Hazel Wright Organ!

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 5/14/22

EPISODE #26
SOUNDS FROM THE SANCTUARY: SPRING 2022 UPDATE ON THE HAZEL WRIGHT ORGAN

Episode No. 26: Spring 2022 Update on the Hazel Wright Organ

 

For this episode of Sounds from the Sanctuary, host David Ball shares snippets of a recent conversation he had with the host of the OC Catholic Radio Show, Rick Howick. The topic of conversation? What is happening with the Hazel Wright Organ within the walls of Christ Cathedral? Here in the Spring of 2022, it’s time for an update! Tune in, so you can be in the know!

 

 

Originally broadcast on 3/26/22

EPISODE#248
OC CATHOLIC RADIO: IT’S OFFICIAL – HAZEL IS BACK!

“Hazel” refers to the world famous Hazel Wright Organ inside the sanctuary of the Christ Cathedral, in Garden Grove, CA. On this very special one-of-a-kind edition of the OC Catholic radio show and podcast, host Rick Howick is delighted to welcome two very distinguished guests to our studio. First is Fred Swann, the longtime organist under Robert Schuller’s Crystal Cathedral Ministries and The Hour of Power TV show. We also welcome Kevin Cartwright, the president of Rosales Organ Builders in Los Angeles. Kevin and his team will play a key role in the care and maintenance of the newly refurbished Hazel Wright Organ.

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EPISODE#22
CATHEDRAL SQUARE: GUEST IS DR. JOHN ROMERI, DIRECTOR OF MUSIC MINISTRY AT CHRIST CATHEDRAL

On today’s program, Fr. Christopher is thrilled to welcome Dr. John Romeri to the show. You might recognize Dr. Romeri as being the host of his own show called Music from the Tower, which is heard each Saturday at 10:00 PM on Relevant Radio. Listen in as he shares about his remarkable history and background; and, the vision for music ministry going forward at Christ Cathedral. Tune in, and be inspired!

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 1/11/20

EPISODE #70
MUSIC FROM THE TOWER: GUEST IS STEVEN THARP

Episode No. 70 Saturday, October 12, 2019 Stephen Tharp, Concert Organist

“Stephen Tharp is the best organist in America.”  The Diapason 

This fantastic episode is with the most active concert organist in the world, Stephen Tharp.
Having played more than 1600 concerts across over 53 tours worldwide, Stephen has built one of the most well-respected international careers in the world, earning him the reputation as the most traveled concert organist of his generation.  He has been given the 2011 International Performer of the Year Award by the New York City chapter of the American Guild of Organists. In May 2015, he was given the Paul Creston Award which recognizes artistic excellence by a significant figure in church music and the performing arts.
His list of performances since 1987 includes such distinguished venues as St. Bavo, Haarlem; Notre-Dame de Paris, St. Eustache, Paris; Notre Dame de Chartres; The Hong Kong Cultural Centre; the Town Halls of Sydney and Adelaide, Australia; Tchaikovsky Hall, Moscow; the Duomo, Milano, Italy; the cathedrals in Berlin, Köln, The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas; Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles; The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia; The Riverside Church, New York City; Rice University, Houston; and Spivey Hall, Atlanta.
Stephen Tharp remains an important champion of new organ music, and continues to commission and premiere numerous compositions for the instrument. The first such piece was Jean Guillou’s symphonic poem Instants, Op. 57, which Tharp premiered at King’s College, Cambridge, England in February 1998.  Works dedicated to him include composers George Baker, David Briggs, Samuel Adler Thierry Escaich and Anthony Newman.  Himself a composer, Tharp was commissioned by Cologne Cathedral, Germany to compose for Easter Sunday, 2006 his Easter Fanfares for the inauguration of the organ’s new en chamade Tuba stops, as well Disney’s Trumpets, composed in February 2011 for the organ at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, where it was premiered by the composer the following month.
In April 2008, Stephen Tharp was named the Official Organist for the NY visit of Pope Benedict XVI, playing for three major events attended by more than 60,000 people that were broadcast live worldwide
His 15 solo organ recordings can be found on the labels Acis Productions, JAV Recordings, Aeolus, Naxos, Organum and Ethereal, and are available from the Organ Historical Society (www.ohscatalog.org), JAV Recordings (www.pipeorgancds.com) and Amazon (www.amazon.com).
Stephen Tharp earned his BA degree, magna cum laude, from Illinois College, Jacksonville, IL and his MM from Northwestern University, Chicago, where he studied with Rudolf Zuiderveld and Wolfgang Rübsam, respectively.  He has also worked privately with Jean Guillou in Paris.
Music all performed by Stephen Tharp and is available on i-tunes.
“I vow to Thee, my country”. (Thaxted) Album: Great Church Hymns Traditional and New.
Fugue in D Major, BWV 532 Johann S. Bach Album: Stephen Tharp Plays the Organ at St. Bavo, Haarlem.
Station IV Jesus meets His Mother   Album: Marcel Dupré: The Stations of the Cross, Op. 29
Danse Diabolique  George Baker Album: Stephen Tharp: The St. James’ Recital.

EPISODE #41
MUSIC FROM THE TOWER: GUEST IS BRIAN SAWYERS

Episode No. 41  Saturday, July 14, 2018 Brian Sawyers, Organ Curator of the great Hazel Wright Organ, Musician, Composer.   

Enjoy a wonderful discussion with one of the busiest organ men in the world.  Brian takes care of the Hazel Wright Organ, 5th largest organ in the world, and the Fred Swann Organ in the Arboretum.  And if Hazel and Fred were not enough, he cares for several other huge organs here in Southern California and elsewhere.  They include First Congregational, Covenant Church in Long Beach, Segerstrom Music Center and several others.  Brian has a long history with the Crystal Cathedral hearing the organs of the cathedral with Richard Unfried, Fred Swann.  Brian took his first organ lesson with Cathedral Organist, Mark Thallander.  His first tuning experiences were with Richard Unfried holding keys and his beginning tuning.  He later worked under John Wilson with the Henderson Wilson Organ Company.  Most of all, Brain talks about just what it will take to put Hazel back in Christ Cathedral.  He will no doubt be a frequent guest as we get closer to Hazel’s great re-dedication.  Brian began piano as a 6 year old, organ at 13, and his constant fascination with switches and buttons!!  He is the PERFECT person to care for Hazel.  Some of todays was even composed by Brian!!

MUSIC:  Symphony No 6, finale (movement V)    Charles Marie Widor     Peter Baicchi, organist   CD:  Music Under Glass, recorded on “Hazel”
MUSIC:  Toccata on “Amazing Grace”  Christopher Pardini, composer and performer   CD:  Chris Pardini and Friends, recorded on “Hazel”
MUSIC:  Clazz   a Jazz composition by Brian Sawyers, with Brian at the organ!
MUSIC:  Symphony No. 6, cantible (movement IV)  Charles Marie Widor   Peter Baicchi, organist   (you will hear some of the birds who lived in the Crystal Cathedral on the recording.  CD:  Music Under Glass
MUSIC: Rising Sun  Brian Sawyers, composer   Peter Baicchi, organist   CD:  Music Under Glass