Leo Sowerby still shows up on choral recordings and in choir books, though most Chicagoans wont recall his Sundays at the organ at St. James Cathedral—St. James is now the lively home of the Rush Hour Concerts (heard live on WFMT, Tuesdays at 5:45 PM).
August is Chicago Month; an opportunity to remember that this was a great city before any of us were here; it’s also a chance to appreciate its offerings more deeply than ever.
Sowerby, if the name isn’t ringing a bell, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1946. He retired from St. James after 40 years, in 1967, transferring to the National Cathedral in Washington to establish the College of Church Musicians.
Hear some music by Sowerby presented by Carl Grapentine after 9:00 AM on Thursday morning. Come back to wfmt.com for more on this magnificent city, Chicago.