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Choral Showcase
Saturdays at 5 p.m.

WDAV's weekly offering of classical choral music. The program occasionally features choral groups from the Charlotte region. To check  program listings, visit our Playlist Page and search on the date of the program you wish to find. Theresa Woody hosts.
Program Schedule
November 1, 2014
A November Celebration

St. Cecilia 150November is the month for celebrating both All Saints' Day and the feast day of St. Cecilia, patron saint of music.  Then, there are births to celebrate, including those of Benjamin Britten and Aaron Copland. We honor all of the above, with Britten's Hymn to St. Cecilia and music from from Gounod's St. Cecilia Mass. Also, two motets by Aaron Copland.

October 25, 2014
A Boulanger Masterclass

BoulangerCalled the greatest music teacher of the 20th Century, Nadia Boulanger shaped the course of music history and influenced composers alive today. We'll sample a Lux aeterna by Nadia and a Pie Jesu and Old Buddhist Prayer by her sister Lili, and have a listen to two works by Faure (Song of Jean Racine and Pavane), whose music greatly influenced the sisters. And we'll explore Boulanger's effect on other composers such as Ned Rorem, Mark Zukerman, and Aaron Copland.

October 18, 2014
October Bounty

Verdi 150Not all major composers wrote music for choir, but a number of composers born in October did. We'll hear a madrigal by Alessandro Stradella, the motet O Clap your Hands by Vaughn Williams, Psalm 100 by Heinrich Schutz, and the thrilling conclusion to the oratorio Christus by Franz Liszt. Also, the Introitus movment from the Requiem in C minor by Jan Dismas Zelenka, and God is the King by Billings. Two opera choruses by Verdi – the Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore and the Bandits' Chorus from Ernani complete the program.

October 11, 2014
On Their Own

TCHAIKOVSKY 150A sampling of music by composers who weren’t born into musical dynasties but whose parents were clerks, foresters, cooks, wheelwrights, pawnbrokers and bankers. We’ll hear Song of the Spirits Over the Water by Schubert, Bridal Procession from Wagner’s Lohengrin, music from Haydn’s Mass No. 11 in D minor, and choral music by Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn.

October 4, 2014
Choral Treats
VerdiA variety of choral treats, including pieces from Allegri, Verdi, Bach, and Dvorak, as well as some well-loved traditional spirituals.
September 27, 2014

Robert KyrMusic to feed the soul with an atmosphere of mysticism and transcendence. Hear the spiritual side of Rachmaninoff, whose Vespers music evokes spiritual ecstasy, transcending time and space. Also, O lucidissima (O Brightest) by the twelfth century mystic, Hildegard von Bingen, two movements from Five Mystical Songs by Vaughan Williams, and selections from Songs of the Soul by Robert Kyr.

September 20, 2014
Flavor of Spain
Leon Spain Music from Spain, early and late. We’ll sample a bit of the Medieval Ages and Renaissance with motets by El Sabio, Morales and Victoria. From the Romantic era of Northeast Spain, we’ll hear an unusual work for piano, choir, and organ: Cant de les estrelles (Song of the Stars). Then, a spicy finish, with a more modern flavor:  Misa Criolla I by Ariel Ramirez
September 13, 2014
Bohemian Born: Antonin Dvorak
Dvorak 200 pxBorn on September 8, 1841, Antonin Dvorák wrote his major choral works while in his native Czechoslovakia. Today's show features his Mass in D, written late in life, just before a brief sojourn in New York. From a Chandos recording, Valery Polyansky conducts the Russian State Symphony Orchestra and its associated choir, the Russian State Symphonic Cappella.
September 6, 2014
9/11: A Remembrance

9/11 MemorialIn memory of the many victims of 9/11, we feature a work written for that very purpose: Living Voices, by James Whitbourn. Also, Mark Zuckerman's Gebet (Prayer), sung in Yiddish, and Psalm 23 from Chichester Psalms by Bernstein. The centerpiece of today's remembrance is Mozart's timeless Requiem Mass, from a recording by the Leipzig Gweandhaus Orchestra and Chamber Choir.

August 30, 2014
A Bernstein Dubussy Celebration

Leonard Bernstein We celebrate the August births of two great composers: Leonard Bernstein and Claude Debussy.  Several small songs, such as Debussy’s Salut de Printemps (Spring), and Trois Chansons (Three Songs) are sung by children’s choir and by adult ensemble. Then, there’s a women’s chorus in Debussy’s Sirenes, and a mature mixed choir with children’s chorus in one of the 20th Century’s most loved works: Chichester Psalms by Bernstein. 

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