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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
May 28, 2016
Choral Showcase: Fruit of May

Pretty in PinkTwo composers born in May are featured:  Gabriel Faure and Johannes Brahms.  Accentus and members of the National Orchestra of France are featured in the complete Requiem, Op.48 by Faure.   Also featured are  Two Motets  and a set of songs called Deutsche Volkslieder (German Folksongs) by Brahms.

May 21, 2016
Choral Showcase: Centuries of Song

cs-160521squareFrom 17th century Magnificats  to composers of more recent days, today’s show explores some of the repertoire recorded by choirs of late. Dan Locklair’s beautiful Remembrance is one of the more recent gems. Others are I Saw a New Heaven by Edgar Bainton, and three anthems by Michael John Trotta:  Totus Tuus, I Shall See, and a new version of Amazing Grace. From 17th Century Venice, we feature a Magnificat by Giovanni Gabrieli. And, from the court of 17th century Poland, we’ll hear Magnificat by Marcin Mielczewski.    

May 14, 2016
Choral Showcase: New in 2015
Robert PatersonNew choral cds appearing on the scene during the Winter of 2014 and Spring of 2015 are featured, including Choral Suite from a New Eaarth by Robert Paterson, and music by Irish composers Charles Villiers Stanford,  Conor O’Reilly, and Howard Goodall.   Also, three motets by Monteverdi from a new recording made in the Cathedral of Santa Barbara in  Mantua, Italy:  music that might have been performed in St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice in the time of Monteverdi.
May 7, 2016
Choral Showcase: Diamonds on the Shelf


Finding odd tracks hidden amongst the more familiar cds in the library can be a fun quest.  Here are a few such oddities:  Beethoven’s arrangement of folk songs from different countries, a song from 13th century Spain about a heretic despoiling a religious painting, a mass by Joseph Rheinberger, and a Swedish- African song sung by Ladysmith Black Mambazo with the English Chamber Orchestra.  Also, something that was an oddity in its time:  a wordless women’s choir singing with orchestra, a sound by Gustav Holst that became the standard for evoking mysticism and outer space.  In other words, Neptune, the Mystic, from  The Planets by Holst.

April 30, 2016
Hear My Song: Music For Remembering The Holocaust

Holocaust-RemembranceToday’s offering observes Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Mostly choral, with a few selections for instruments and for solo voice too, today’s mix honors and remembers the victims of the holocaust.  We’ll hear music from Vedem, an oratorio by Lori Laitman that tells  the story of artists and musicians – and children!—interred at Theresianstadt, many of whose work and lives were cut short.   And we’ll hear music by Carlo Sigmund Taube and Viktor Ullmann, two such artists who were lost to the world.  Also, the hauntingly beautiful second movement of Gorecki’s Third Symphony, the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs. 

April 23, 2016
On Shakespeare's Happy Birth
RSC Shakespeare bustFrom poetry to lines from plays, plenty of composers have been inspired to set to music the words of Shakespeare. Today's program samples the variety: music from operas by Verdi and Shostakovich, moderns settings by Kevin Olson and Gyorgy Orban, and lush, beautiful compositions for choir by Barber, Elgar and Vaughan Williams are featured, along with selections from A Shakespeare Ode On the Witches and Fairies by 18th-century composer Thomas Linley, Jr.
April 16, 2016
Choral Showcase: Lord Nelson Mass

HaydnA new recording of Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis known as the Lord Nelson Mass features the ensemble Boston Baroque, with Martin Pearlman at the podium. Also, two secular songs by Antoine Bunois from a new recording out by Orlando Consort.

April 9, 2016
When Time Stands Still

cs-160409betterAn hour of choral music from 1915 to 2009: music that transcends a sense of time and place. Music that asks you to pause, and listen: About Lost Youth , Sacred Love, and Natasha by Georgy Sviridov of Soviet Russia (1950’s) ; Four Motets on Themes from Gregorian Chant, Op.10 by Durufle (1960) ; Little Elegy and The Incomprehensible by Stephen Paulus (2008) : and music from Rachmaninoff’s work of 1915, All Night Vigil, known as Vespers.

April 2, 2016
Spring Song

Spring-Song-120x120We sample choral music written for texts that mention Spring: 16th Century madrigals, selections from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, a short work by Pablo Casals, choruses from The Seasons by Haydn, and songs by Mendelssohn and Holst. 

March 26, 2016
A Joyful Eastertide

Easter lily 120pxOn this Easter Sunday, music written to celebrate the festival day: choruses from the Easter Oratorio by J.S. Bach, Surgens Jesus by Peter Phillips, and the entire Part III, known as the “Easter Portion” of Handel's oratorio, Messiah.

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