“Music from the Tower”

New radio program on liturgical music hosted by John Romeri, Christ Cathedral's organist and director of music

Dr. John Romeri (standing) with Bishop Kevin Vann (far right), Father Christopher Smith (center) and Dr. Patricia Lamb (left) in the Tower of Hope studios (image from OC Catholic)

Christ Cathedral’s music program is making a big impact, not only in the Diocese of Orange, but also throughout the West Coast – thanks to a new program airing on Immaculate Heart Radio.

“Music from the Tower,” produced in the Tower of Hope studios located on the Christ Cathedral campus, airs at 9 p.m. Saturdays on local stations KHJ 930 AM and KCEO 1000 AM. Its aim, says co-creator and host Dr. John Romeri, is to spread the surprising news that liturgical music is entertaining.

“It’s fun just to hear about the interesting people coming to the Christ Cathedral campus,” says Romeri, Christ Cathedral’s organist and director of music. “There is always a lot going on here; we often welcome visiting musicians who have dedicated their lives and their compositions to the Church.

“We want to spread the word that some exciting musical happenings are going on at Christ Cathedral,” he adds. “Our program goes together with the guest artists who come to the cathedral.”

Named as a tip-of-the-hat to the “Music from the Spires” program produced by St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, “Music from the Tower” includes in-depth interviews with musicians, conductors, composers and other musical artists whose work has made an impact on music, particularly liturgical music.

Included in each episode are an hour-long interview and snippets from the artist’s work, with links to the full pieces on the Cathedral music website (christcathedralmusic.org/music-from-the-tower-radio-program). Links on the website allow listeners to order the music for themselves, via a direct link to Amazon.com.

“We want our listeners to gain insight into the world of famous musicians,” Romeri says. Soon, he adds, the show will feature programs with world-famous organist Fred Swann; artistic director John Alexander, who recently retired from the Pacific Chorale; and Grammy-winning organist Paul Jacobs.

Full story at OC Catholic.

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  1. Jim McCrea says:

    “Dr. John Romeri, is to spread the surprising news that liturgical music is entertaining.”

    How unorthodox!!!!!

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