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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
January 19, 2015
Mozart and Morales
Mozart 150A tender new recording of Mozart’s beloved Requiem released in 2014 features the stellar ensemble Accentus with conductor Lurence Equilbey and Insula Orchestra. From another recent release of 2014 by the ensemble Stile Antico, we’ll hear a jubilant Jubilate Deo by Cristobal de Morales.   
January 17, 2015
Tributes and a Fantasy

glassTributes to Mozart and Philip Glass, both January born, and a Fantasy by Beethoven comprise this program of choral music on WDAV. The featured work is the Mass in C  K. 262/246a by Mozart, who was born on January 27 in 1756. Also featured: Tolstoy Farm, a selection from the opera Satagraha by Glass. And the John Eliot Gardiner/Robert Levin/Monteverdi Choir recording of Beethoven's Choral Fantasy for Piano, Choir and Orchestra.

January 10, 2015
Thus Singeth

handel choral showcase tilePsalm 109 has been a favorite text of composers through the ages, often in the Latin, Dixit Dominus. "Thus saith the Lord to my Lord: Sit Thou at my Right Hand." Recordings heard today include two longer settings of this text, by Alessandro Scarlatti and Giovanni Paolo Colonna. Also a shorter version by Mozart from his Solemn Vespers, and the first movement, Dixit Dominus, from a longer work of the same name by Handel.  

January 3, 2015
For The Season

CantusMusic for Epiphany and Winter. The Epiphany portion of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and a transcription of Winter from The Four Seasons offer music for this season. Plus: Five Male Choruses from a brand new cd out by Cantus of music by Dvorak.

December 27, 2014
And A Happy New Year...

Britten 150Usher in the year 2015 with choral music for epiphany and for the new year. Featured works include Toast for the New Year by Rossini, March of the Kings by Bizet and carols for the new year by Benjamin Britten, John Rutter and Mendelssohn.  Also, two surprises: traditional Welsh and English new year's carols set to tunes normally associated with Christmas. And, the complete section of Bach's Christmas Oratorio written for the first Sunday after the New Year: Weinachtsoratorium, Part Five.

December 6, 2014
Christmas Oratorio

Netherlands Bach SocietyWritten during 1733 and 1734, Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio) is in six parts, to be presented on the six different feast days of the Christmas season. We hear Parts I and II, depicting the nativity and the adoration of the shepherds, from a recording made in 2002 by the Netherlands Bach Society.

November 29, 2014
Advent Song

Advent 150Choral Showcase ushers in the holiday season with a program of Advent music including Magnificats by Palestrina, Bach, and Rene Clausen. Also, from the Solemn Vespers for the Feast of the Annunciation, Monteverdi's Laudate Pueri (Psalm 112), and Mozart's version of the same psalm.

November 22, 2014
American Song

Aaron CoplandIn this week's show, we hear hymns and spirituals native to America. Also, music by American composers: motets by Alan Hovhaness and songs by Aaron Copland and Stephen Foster.

November 15, 2014
Fresh Tracks

Johann Ludwig BachJoin us for a sampler of several recent recordings, including Robert Schumman's Requiem for Mignon sung by the Stadtischen Musikverein of Dusseldorf, and O vos Omnes, a motet for double choir by Rene Clausen. Also, duets and choruses from Trauermusick -- Music for the Funeral of Duke Ernst Ludwig I of Saxe-Meiningen by Johann Ludwig Bach, second cousin to Johann Sebastian.

November 8, 2014
New for Fall 2014

Locklair We explore CDs recently acquired by WDAV, including motets by Palestrina, Bruckner and Thomas Tallis, a movement from a new release of the Brahms Requiem, and a 1987 work by North Carolinian Dan Locklair, Changing Perceptions. Also, we'll hear a movement from the new Mass for the Human Race by Ralf Yusuf Gawlick, performed by the Choir of Trinity Wall Street. And, Hymn to the Fallen by John Williams, music used in the sound track of the film Saving Private Ryan.



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