Our Presidents' Day Organ Festival is back on Monday, February 21st after taking last year off. Our destination for the day is Pasadena. Make your lunch reservations, read artist bios, and get all the details about this year's Festival at the website here.
Our guest this time is Christopher Keady, Assistant Director of Music at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Chris will be our special out-of-Chapter guest on Presidents' Day and will play the final recital of the day at First Church of Christ, Scientist on its Murray Harris organ.
In this episode, Chris shares with host Thompson Howell his journey from his childhood in Eugene, Oregon to his graduate school work at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut; how the installation of a new pipe organ at his home church when he was younger helped make the organ a real thing to him; how his exposure to higher levels of church music accelerated his interest in a career as a church musician; the most satisfying parts of his work at Grace Cathedral and the associated Cathedral School for Boys; his volunteer work as the Sub-Dean for Programming for the San Francisco AGO Chapter and his efforts to engage young (future) organists.
Chris also explains what drew him to the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University for his Master's Degree studies and why he thinks it's a special program; talks about how he approaches a first encounter with an organ he hasn't played before; gives us a little preview of his Presidents' Day program at First Church of Christ Scientist in Pasadena scheduled for a little after 2pm; and much more!
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Grace Cathedral's Organ Recital Series on YouTube is here.
Services of Evensong at Grace Cathedral on YouTube are here.
The LA AGO YouTube channel is here.
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