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Episode 39   June 9, 2018   All things Chant!! with our chant experts, Matthew Gray and David Koch from the Mission Basilica San Juan

Enjoy an entire episode of MUSIC FROM THE TOWER devoted to Chant with two chant experts, Matthew Gray, Director of Music, and David Koch, Chant Master, both from the Mission Basilica of San Juan Capistrano. They shared excepts from their new chant CD: “Chant, Communion Chants from the Liturgical Year”.   Since the first centuries of the church, chant was the primary music sung in Catholic Liturgies. With the Second Vatican Council and the use of vernacular languages, came the music of many countries and traditions. In recent years cathedral and parishes around the country have rediscovered the beauty and the awe which chant can provide in the Mass. Today’s guests bring a wonderful insight into how this is being done Sunday after Sunday at the Mission and can be (and should be) done in every parish. Learn about the different types of chant, the church modes, the Propers and the Ordinary of the Mass from these two men who have studied it and performed it. It is a fascinating look at this great treasury of music of the Catholic Church.

CD: Chant, Communion Chants from the Liturgical Year, performed by the Men of the Basilica Mixed Ensemble. Matthew Gray, Director of Music Ministries and David Koch, Chant Master.


MUSIC: Jerusalem surge   communion chant for the Second Sunday of Advent

MUSIC: Pater, si non potest   communion chant for Palm Sunday

MUSIC: Pascha nostrum   communion chant for Easter Sunday

MUSIC: Factus est repente   communion chant for Pentecost

MUSIC: Comedite pinguia     communion chant for Ordinary Time


Episode 34 April 14, 2018   Matthew Gray, Founder and Director of DeAngelis Vocal Ensemble, Director of Music at the Mission Basilica of San Juan Capistrano, Assistant Director of the Diocesan Choir of Orange. He tells us all about the coming deAngelis Vocal Ensemble Program SACRA FRANCE!! Ooh La La!!

Enjoy a visit with Matthew Gray, one of Southern California’s busiest Music Directors. Hear especially about his profession ensemble, DeAngelis Vocal Ensemble, as they conclude their 13th Season of creating beauty through Choral Music! Hear from Matthew all about the program SACRA FRANCE, a wonderful choral concert featuring the sacred music of France. This great choral ensemble will transport you to the glories of France. Matt presents works by Duruflé, Villette, Desenclos, and the music of Francis Poulenc, including the stunningly beautiful Mass in G. Major. Sacré France is part of their annual partnership with Christ Cathedral Concerts.   Complete details and to obtain tickets:   Enjoy their latest CD:


MUSIC: The Scribe Herbert Howells   The DeAngelis Vocal Ensemble   Mathew Grat, Conductor

MUSIC: Salve Regina Francis Poulenc   Harry Christophers 16

MUSIC: Sanctus (Mass in G) Francis Poulenc   Winchester Cathedral and Kings College, London Martin Neary, Conductor

MUSIC: Salve Regina   Alfred Desenclos   Choir of Kings College, London   Martin Neary, Conductor

MUSIC: O Salutaris Hostia Pierre Villette Worchester Cathedral   Donald Hunt, Conductor