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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


Episode 26   January 13, 2018     The two legends of the Crystal Cathedral, Dr. Frederick Swann and Mr. Richard Unfried. These two men presided over the great Hazel Wright Organ for many years.

Hear fascinating stories of the days when “Hazel” was being created. Find out just who was the actual Hazel Wright and about her role in bringing about this great instrument. Hear all about how they acquired the Aeolian-Skinner organ from Philharmonic Hall in New York and even about a special “Hour of Power” which was held in Philharmonic Hall to celebrate receiving this great pipe organ. This episode is filled with lots of memories of the putting together of the Arboretum’s large Ruffatti pipe organ, combining it with the Philharmonic organ and even some pipes from USC. It is wonderful to hear all of this history from the two that made it all happen. It is getting exciting to know that “Hazel” will be back playing in under two years.

MUSIC: Concerto in A Minor (I. Allegro) Vivaldi/Bach     Richard Unfried, organist

MUSIC: All Creatures of Our God and King   arr. Richard Unfried     Richard Unfried, organist

MUSIC: Trumpet Tune   Fred Swann     Fred Swann, organist

MUSIC: Heraldings   Robert Hebble   Fred Swann, organist