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Episode No. 30: Classic Performances on the Hazel Wright Organ

HAZEL IS BACK! Cathedral Organist David Ball shares his personal favorite recordings of the Hazel Wright Organ from Hour of Power archives from the Crystal Cathedral era. Listen to performances of organ legends –  including Fred Swann, Madame Duruflé, Mark Thallander, and of course, Virgil Fox who designed the organ – from their appearances on the Hour of Power. Broadcast originally to millions of viewers and now available on Youtube, these historic performances inspired generations of worshipers, classical music enthusiasts, and organists. Find out more at and find out how to experience the newly-restored Hazel Wright Organ in-person at the Year of Hazel dedication events or wherever you listen to music on two new albums released on Gothic Records available online for streaming soon!






Originally broadcast on 9/24/22


Episode No. 57 Saturday, March 23, 2019 Mark Thallander, former Organist of the Crystal Cathedral and President of the Mark Thallander Foundation, and Julian Revie, Composer, Church Musician, and Honorary Board Member of the Mark Thallander Foundation.

 Hear all about the FALL FESTIVAL OF FAITH to be held on Christ Cathedral Campus this coming October 26, 2019. This all-day Choral Festival will feature guest conductor, Mack Wilberg, conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He will work with hundreds of singers, adult and children, brass, and organ through the day. This Ecumenical Event is sponsored by the Mark Thallander Foundation and Christ Cathedral Music Ministry. This is the 36th Festival sponsored by the Foundation. Singers from around the area and from many faith communities participate. Over the years choir members have sung with great conductors from around the globe, including John Rutter. Mark and Julian give their own insights into the importance of such gatherings. One of Julian’s compositions, To Follow The Star will be featured in this year’s festival.
On this Episode of the Music from the Tower, you will hear the details about the Choral Festival, how you or your choir might participate, hear some of the music which will be performed and even how you might attend the Festival itself at 2 PM that day. For further information, contact
[email protected] or or call 626-487-0224.

MUSIC: Come Christians, Join and Sing arr. Mark Thallander and Bruce Wilkin Eric Dale Knapp, Conductor; Frederick Swann, Organist
MUSIC: To Follow The Star Julian Revie Diocesan Children’s Choir, John Romeri Conductor
Love Divine All Love’s Excelling arr. Mack Wilberg Mack Wilberg, Conductor, Frederick Swann, Organist
All Things Bright and Beautiful arr. Mack Wilberg Luke McEndarfer, Conductor, Peter Green and Jan Sanburn, pianists
I Was Glad C. Hubert H. Parry Paul Salamunovich, Conductor Frederick Swann, Organist



Episode 21   November 18, 2017     Mark Thallander, Concert Organist, long-time Organist at Crystal Cathedral (1976-1993), President of the Mark Thallander Foundation.

This is an amazing story of a wonderful musician, who served the Crystal Cathedral for 18 years, 1976 – 1993, as Assistant Organist and assisting for the Hour of Power with scripting, service programming, and even arranging for the musical guests! As author, composer, and performer, his life drastically changed after a horrific car accident in 2003. As a man of great faith, he went on to create the Mark Thallander Foundation, which he serves as president, and even continues to perform organ concerts around the country. The Mark Thallander Foundation presents choral festivals inspiring thousands of church musicians, singers, clergy, and congregations, presenting great music of faith. The foundation connects children and youth to sacred and classical music. In addition, it fosters the education of organists through music scholarships. You can find out more at

MUSIC: Improvisation On “O Store Gud”   Recorded “live” at The Crystal Cathedral for the Hour of Power   Mark Thallander, Organist   Peggy Lee Whiteaker and Jeremy Reinbolt, Percussionists

MUSIC: Postlude On “Old Hundredth”   Recorded “live” at The Crystal Cathedral for the Hour of Powerc   Mark Thallander, Organist   Peggy Lee Whiteaker and Jeremy Reinbolt, Percussionists

MUSIC: Toccata on “Hymn to Joy”   Recorded “live” at The Crystal Cathedral  The Hazel Wright Organ 20th Anniversary   Mark Thallander, Organist

MUSIC: Festival Fideles

MUSIC: Organ Fantasy On “O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing”   Recorded “live” at The Crystal Cathedral for the Hour of Power   Mark Thallander, Organist   Peggy Lee Whiteaker and Jeremy Reinbolt, Percussionists

MUSIC: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty Michael Burkhardt