We're rolling through 2021...and our next online virtual concert comes up at 7pm on Monday, March 22nd streamed live via the LA AGO YouTube channel and Facebook page. David Ball, Organist & Acting Director of Music at Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA will be performing from St. Edmund's Episcopal Church in San Marino on its Aeolian Skinner/Rosales organ.
David's effervescent personality and the joy he derives from his work clearly shine through in this episode. Host Thompson Howell also introduces a fun new segment!
David chats with Thompson about his early years in St. Louis and his time at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis as a chorister and eventual organ student of Dr. John Romeri who would later become the most recent Director of Music at Christ Cathedral; his memories of his time at The Juilliard School studying with Mr. Paul Jacobs; when he learned which particular moment in his Juilliard audition earned his admission to the school; his love of collaboration with other musicians and artists in other disciplines; why he continues to commission new works for organ; the challenges he's had to face at Christ Cathedral during the pandemic especially after the departure of Dr. Romeri in the middle of 2020; his opinions about the use of virtual choirs; his favorite stop on the Hazel Wright Organ; an update on the re-dedication plans for "Hazel;" his proudest accomplishment at Christ Cathedral so far; the fun way he chooses to relax after a busy weekend of services; his comments on his planned program for March 22nd from St. Edmund's Episcopal Church; and a lot more!
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David's website is here.
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Information about the St. Edmund's organ is here.
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