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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
August 29, 2015
Cathedral Music
CS-829-squareMusic from France, Russia, and Renaissance Spain,  featuring recent recordings by the Elora Festival Singers, Tenebrae, and The Sixteen.   We hear music written for or inspired by cathedrals, including  Poulenc’s  Mass in G, Maria Magdalene, Agnus Dei  and Credo by Francisco Guerrero.  Also, music for the Russian Orthodox cathedral:     Cherubic Hymn by Golovanov, Blessed Be the Man by Rachmaninoff, and Now the Powers of Heaven by Gretchaninoff.
August 22, 2015
New Delights Part II
mozartMore new releases, including three choral hits:  Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus, K. 618, Ave Maria by Bach (as arranged by Gounod), and Panis angelicus by Franck.  Also, the mass, Puer natus est nobis by Thomas Tallis, and Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30 by Britten.
August 15, 2015
A Sacred Sound

CS-815-squareWolfgang Sawallisch conducts the Berlin Philharmonic and the Musikverein Dusseldorf in one of the few religious works Schumann wrote: the Mass, Op. 147.  With soloists Mitsuko Shirai, Peter Seiffert and Jann-Hendrik Rootering and Wolfgang Meyer at the organ. In addition, a snippet of a new cd out by Stephen Darlington and the Choir of Christ church Cathedral, Oxford:   sacred music by John Taverner, Orlando Gibbons, and William Byrd. 

August 8, 2015
2014 Bounty

voces8-250New releases from 2014 yield new recordings of music by Brahms, Tavener, and Purcell.  Two movements from the London Symphony Orchestra’s recent recording of  A German Requiem by Brahms are featured, along with secular music by Purcell (How Happy the Lover and To the Hills and Vales) sung by  Voces 8.  Also, Conspirare in Russian liturgical music by Rachmaninoff and Kastalksy, and Funeral Ikos by John Tavener.

August 1, 2015
A Bernstein Debussy Celebration

cs-8115We 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. 

July 25, 2015
The Joy of Singing
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CS-300No matter your age: singing in a choir makes you healthier, and offers psychological, physical, and spiritual benefits. Today’s show explores some of the current research on the benefits of singing, and features choral groups in the Charlotte (NC) area. We’ll hear works from their repertoire such as Barber’s Agnus Dei, Psalm 100 by Rene Clausen and selections from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff.  And you’ll learn about some local choirs you yourself might want to join. So, listen, audition, and find out about The Joy of Singing. 

For more information about the choirs featured and their audtion schedules, click here.

July 18, 2015
New Delights

Ariel RamirezA sampling of new releases featuring renditions of new music and old favorites: two movements from Missa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez, Hymn of Jesus by Gustav Holst, two choruses from Sigurd Jorsalfar by Grieg, and Magnificat by John Taverner. 

July 11, 2015
Choral Vacation
eiffel tower parisVisit the world's great concert halls and cathedrals, all without packing a bag. We’ll sample music recorded in Paris (Pavane by Faure), London (the motet,  Komm, Jesu, Komm by Bach), Moscow (selections from Rachmaninoff’s St. John Crysostum), and Prague (two movements from Mass in G by Poulenc). Also, from the capital of Austria, the inimitable Vienna Boys' Choir perform folk songs from England, Scotland, and the U.S.
July 4, 2015
Choral Showcase: Made in America
Eric Whitacre 150 pxAmerican choirs are featured in today’s choral showcase, singing music by American composers, including Samuel Barber’s Agnus Dei, and Randall Thompson’s Place of the Blest. Also, Water Night by Eric Whitacre, two American hymns, and three spirituals.
June 27, 2015
Stravinsky & Strauss

Stravinsky Born eighteen years apart in the month of June, Richard Strauss and Igor Stravinsky bridged the romantic and the modern eras of composition.  We’ll hear three songs for chorus by Strauss:  Joyous in May, Dreamlight and The Evening.    Also, we’ll hear how Strauss used the chorus in his opera Die Frau ohne Schatten.  And, the featured work of the evening will be Stravinsky’s riveting Symphony of Psalms,  from a recording by the Berlin Philharmonic and Radio Choir. 

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