New Hazel Wright Organ Recordings and Book

As part of the Hazel Wright Organ’s 40th anniversary and restoration celebration, Christ Cathedral’s two organists are releasing newly recorded albums through Gothic Records, a historic label that also recorded Hazel during the Crystal Cathedral era.

David Ball, principal organist and cathedral music ministry director, is releasing his album, “The Hazel Wright Organ,” which includes “Ceremonial Dialogue.” The new work for the 2022 dedication is by American composer Daniel Ficarri. Ball also recorded Robert Hebble’s “Heraldings,” which was written for Hazel’s dedication ceremony in 1982.

Dr. Emma Whitten, associate organist, is releasing “Hazel Is Back!” Her work includes music by Americans and female composers, along with other organ favorites.

Both albums feature duets on Hazel’s two consoles, as well as a virtuosic display of a truly American style of eclectic organ playing.

The Gothic Records albums are being sold on CD and digital download at Gothic-Catalog.com. Later this year, they will be available at the Christ Cathedral Gift Shop. They are also available for digital download on Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music.

In addition, there is a new book about the history of the Hazel Wright Organ, written by Dr. David Crean with a foreword from former Crystal Cathedral organist Dr. Frederick Swann. The book is available at Gothic-Catalog.com.

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Christ Cathedral principal organist David L. Ball talks about his new album, “The Hazel Wright Organ”

Dr. Emma Whitten, associate organist for Christ Cathedral, talks about her new album, “Hazel is Back!”

Recording on the newly restored Hazel Wright Organ with Gothic Records