David Wheatley in Concert

By Deanne Davis

Just a few minutes away by car or Metrolink is an absolutely astonishingly beautiful edifice: Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Like most of you, I’ve been planning for several years to go take a look at it. Of course, life being what it is, that hasn’t happened. But now, I’ve got a reason! Every Wednesday, The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels presents a free organ concert. Yes, free! One of my very favorite words. These concerts feature the finest musicians in our area and coming up on October 13 at 12:45 p.m. is one of the Southland’s premiere organists, David Wheatley. A few of the selections Mr. Wheatley will be presenting include: Fugue in G Minor (J.S. Bach); Pavanne (Gabriel Faure); Symphony No, 5 Finale (Beethoven) {transcribed by Wheatley from the Franz Liszt transcription for piano and the orchestral score}; Ave Maria (Franz Schubert) sung by 11 year old guest soprano, Breanna Flores. There will also be original compositions by Mr. Wheatley, including his Toccata in A Minor. Not only is Mr. Wheatley an accomplished musician/composer, but his delivery and comments about the music are always charming and instructive.

David has recently completed four concerts as part of the “Make Music a Part of Your Life” series at First Christian Church of North Hollywood, affording him the opportunity to present a number of his original works, in addition to some exceptional classical pieces. David attended the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music where he is an Associate in Piano and Pipe Organ Performance. He holds the Bachelor of Music Degree in Composition from the University of North Texas. He has a Master of Music Degree in Composition from the University of Southern California where he also founded and directed the Scoring for Motion Pictures Program for five years. He has toured with Helmut Rilling, the Gaechinger Cantorei and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra performing at the organ for the Mass in B Minor (J.S. Bach). At the piano, David recorded the Five Pieces for AOrchestra (Arnold Schoenberg) with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He also played the historic Fox Studios pipe organ on the soundtrack for Star Trek: The Motion Picture and has recorded on many other soundtracks as pianis and organist.

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angeles is located on Temple, between Grand and Hill streets in downtown Los Angeles (right off the 101 freeway). The entrance to the parking structure is located off both Temple and Hill streets. There is a fee for parking. For information/directions, call (213) 680-5200.