Episode No. 41 Brian Sawyers

Episode No. 41 Brian Sawyers

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, 6th 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 Church of Los Angeles, Covenant Church in Long Beach, Segerstrom Center for the Arts and several others. Brian has a long history with the Crystal Cathedral hearing the organs of the cathedral with Richard Unfried and Fred Swann. Brian took his first organ lesson with Cathedral Organist, Mark Thallander. His first tuning experiencewas holding keys for Richard Unfried on the 116 rank Ruffatti (now a large part of Hazel), when it was in our Arboretum. He later worked under John Wilson and Guy Henderson 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 due in part to his constant fascination with switches and buttons!!  He is the PERFECT person to care for Hazel.  Some of todays music 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 “The Fred Swann Organ” in the Arboretum.
MUSIC: Clazz  a Jazz composition by Brian Sawyers, with Brian at the piano!
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