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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
April 25, 2015
New in 2015

Robert PatersonWe feature new choral CDs appearing on the scene during the Winter of 2014 and Spring of 2015, 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.

April 18, 2015
On Shakespeare's Happy Birth

Shakespeare 150From poetry to lines from plays, plenty of composers have been inspired to set to music the words of Shakespeare. We sample the variety: operas by Verdi and Shostakovich; modern settings by Kevin Olson and Gyorgy Orban; and lush, beautiful compositions for choir by Elgar and Vaughan Williams. We also sample selections from A Shakespeare Ode On the Witches and Fairies by 18th-century composer Thomas Linley, Jr.

April 11, 2015
April Tributes

StokowskiWe are fortunate to have recordings by a prominent conductor of the past, who was born in April: Leopold Stokowski.  His rendering of the Evening Prayer from Humperdinck's opera, Hansel and Gretel opens today's program. Three Verdi choruses conducted by Zubin Mehta (born in April of 1936) and the complete cantata Alexander Nevsky by Prokofiev (born in April of 1891) complete the tribute to musicians born in the fourth month of the year.

April 4, 2015
The Mother's Tears

ScarlattiIn observance of Lent, we'll hear music from two settings of the text Stabat Mater (The Mother Stood) which has been used for centuries to describe the sorrows of the virgin Mary upon the pain and death suffered by her son.  Music from Haydn’s version and the complete Stabat Mater by Scarlatti will express the pathos and emotion of the season.

March 28, 2015
Bach Mass in B Minor

Collegium VocaleAn all-Bach hour in recognition of the March birth of one of the world’s most gifted composers, Johann Sebastian Bach. Philippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale are featured in choral highlights from his great work, Mass in B minor.

March 21, 2015
Women's Voices
Caroline ShawWomen’s voices are featured today. We’ll hear the treble voices of women’s choirs in music from the middle ages to the 1800s: Medieval chant and a 14th century lovesong, Psalm 23 by Schubert, Four Songs, Op. 17 by Brahms, and Four Romances by Schumann. The local women’s ensemble, Nova Voce, contributes selections from recent recordings in Charlotte.  Also, we’ll hear the voices of two composers who work on an international level today: a Pulitzer Prize-winner with NC roots, Caroline Shaw, and the British composer Roxanna Panufnik. 
March 14, 2015
Against the Odds

DvorakAn exploration of a few composers who overcame their parents’ objections to become composers. On the playlist:  Two Unaccompanied Part Songs by Delius, selections from Dvorak’s Stabat Mater and Handel’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, and two songs for chorus by Robert Schumann.

March 7, 2015
A Choral Connection

whitacreToday’s show highlights some of the world’s favorite choral works, from music by Allegri of the 1600s, to Eric Whitacre, one of today’s musical stars.  We’ll hear some traditional  hymns and American tunes, Miserere by Grigorio Allegri, a rousing chorus from Verdi’s Aida, and Five Hebrew Love Songs by Eric Whitacre, written to poems by his soprano wife.

February 28, 2015
Diamonds on the Shelf

BeethovenFinding 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.

February 21, 2015
Missa Solemnis Highlights

Beethoven 150Featuring two versions of Beethoven’s massive Missa Solemnis, we’ll hear three movements from a new recording by John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir, with the Revolutionary and Romantic Orchestra. Also, the Agnus Dei: the final movement, from a remastered 1982 recording by the London Philharmonic and the Edinburgh Festival Chorus made at Royal Albert Hall, London. 

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