Archive – Sounds From The Sanctuary

Episode 11: AMPLIFY Female Composers – Virtual Stations of the Cross

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 highlighting some beautiful tracks both from their 2020 Virtual Advent Calendar and the upcoming Stations of the Cross featuring performances by church musicians and choirs across the United States, England,…

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Episode 10: Voices in a Quiet

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.

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Episode 9: The Music of Alan Terricciano, Composer and Professor of Dance at UCI

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…

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Episode 8: The Music of Candlemas – The End of Christmas

Remembering the old tradition of keeping our Christmas decorations up until “Candlemas”, this last episode of the Christmas season explores the music inspired by the texts and themes of the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, AKA “Candlemas”. The luminous theme evoked by the sacred scriptures of this sacred feast have been inspiring composers and poets alike for centuries. Hear some of the choral classics including settings of the Canticle of Simeon (Nunc Dimittis), Lux Aurumque (“Light and Gold”), and even movements from Handel’s Messiah, with some special recordings from the Boris Ord days of King’s College Cambridge, and…

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Episode 7: EVERYONE DANCE! featuring Dr. Emma Whitten

Join us for EVERYONE DANCE! Featuring guest organist Dr. Emma Whitten, Associate Director of Music and Organist at Mission San Luis Rey Parish in Oceanside, California, the largest of the 21 California missions. Dr. Whitten just recently recorded a program for the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (link on our website after it premieres on January 18th, 2021) consisting of organ music influenced by many forms of Dance, old and new. As a complement to her Los Angeles performance, Sounds from the Sanctuary Host David Ball and Dr. Emma Whitten discuss the centuries-old relationship between dance…

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Episode 6: Christmas Favorites 2020

As we celebrate Christmas during this time of the Covid Pandemic, David Ball and Guest Daniel Ficarri guide us through some of their favorite Christmas Carols and Choral works – familiar music of the season during these strange times. While most live Christmas music is on hold following safety guidelines, we can at least listen to cherished arrangements and performances of Carols usually sung all over the world, including so many classics from David Willcocks, John Rutter, and even Mr. Candlelight himself, Dr. John Romeri. Also during this year that Pope Francis has declared a Year of St. Joseph, discover…

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Episode No. 5 The Music of Beethoven Part II

Born 250 years ago, Ludwig van Beethoven is a household name, known for composing the hymn “Ode to Joy” AKA “Joyful, Joyful”, the famed 4-note fate theme of his Fifth Symphony, the haunting “Moonlight” Sonata and “Für Elise for piano. These gorgeous pieces, though, are only a sampling of this legendary composer’s life’s work. In this two-part series, Host David Ball is joined by Brooklyn-based composer and organist Ryan Dodge in an exploration into the inspired works of Ludwig van Beethoven – featuring not only his most well-known pieces, but also highlighting some of his lesser-known, but most well-crafted pieces.…

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