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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
October 10, 2015
Holy Ground
Anton BrucknerMany think Bruckner’s most beautiful work was the sacred music he wrote, with deep religious feeling.  Considered by some to be the most important composer of religious music since Bach (maybe with the exception of Messiaen), Anton Bruckner was born in September of 1824.  We’ll hear his Mass in D minor, as well as a Miserere (Have Mercy) by Gesualdo. Also, My Beautiful Town, a haunting choral piece in "contemporary church style" by Jim Allyn, performed by the Newtown Youth Voices in memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
October 3, 2015
Glories of the Choir

Choir singing in cathedral.

We hear an hour of glorious choral masterworks, including music from two cantatas by Bach: Sheep May Safely Graze and Sleepers Wake. You’ll hear other choral favorites such as Allegri’s Miserere, three choruses from operas by Verdi and selections from Mozart’s beloved Requiem: Introitus, Kyrie, and Lacrimosa.

And if that’s not enough choral pleasure, tune in for choral arrangements of traditional tunes such as Shenandoah and Simple Gifts.

September 26, 2015
Blessing the Animals

St Francis 150We'll honor Saint Francis of Assisi, whose feast day is October 4. Four Prayers of St. Francis of Assisi by Poulenc and music by lesser-known medieval and Renaissance composers pay tribute to one of the most popular saints of all time. And in the spirit of the animal-loving saint, we'll also honor the animals St. Francis loved so much. Songs by Copland, Clausen, Stanford and Betinis create our very own musical blessing of the animal creatures that share our world.

September 19, 2015
Miracle Music
Sunrise over mountain in field of flowers (by Quinsey Sablan)“Here is a miracle. That we are here is a miracle”… part of the text used by the composer Joby Talbot for his evocative new work, Path of Miracles.  We’ll hear the movement Leon, by this composer who hopes to make a path of connection between souls of the past, and those of us who hear his music now. Also, music from another century, using texts from ancient days, reaching across the ages to calm and console: the beloved Faure Requiem, in a new recording by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge.  We’ll also hear from Cantus, in three short gems from their new release, A Harvest Home.
September 12, 2015
Flavor of Spain
Francisco Guerrero 150Musical treasures from Spain grace the show, including Gregorian chant from Iberia and two works by Spanish composer Tomas Victoria.  Also, sacred music by composers from New Spain (Mexico), including Manuel de Zumaya, Don Juan de Lienas, Francisco Guerrero, and Juan Gutierrez de Padilla. Also, Romancero Gitano by Maria Castelnuovo-Tedesco, a composer who grew up in Italy but whose roots were from Spain.
September 5, 2015
Nine-Eleven: A Rememberance
9/11 Memorial South Pool by By Dave Z via Wikimedia CommonsIn 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 Gewandhaus Orchestra and Chamber Choir.
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.

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