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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
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. 

June 20, 2015
To Fathers
TCHAIKOVSKY 150Today's choral showcase honors fathers with music celebrating the wisdom and guidance associated with fatherhood, both human and divine. Several renditions of "Our Father" will be sung, including versions by Tchaikovsky, Praetorius, Willaert, and Liszt. Also, the Lord's Prayer scene from the opera Voices of Light by Richard Einhorn, and a bit from Massenet's Le Cid. And a cameo part to be played by our local ensemble, Renaissance, in Of the Father's Love Begotten, recorded at St. John's Baptist Church in Charlotte in 2009.
June 13, 2015
Summer Music

SummerMusic for and about summer in this hot Choral Showcase episode. From Polovtsian maidens cavorting in a bloom-filled meadow to a song about a handsome young man bewitched by wood fairies, our summer music includes three songs by Mendelssohn, an aria and chorus from The Merry Widow by Franz Lehar, two songs To be sung on a summer night by Delius, and the final trio and chorus from the Summer section of Haydn's oratorio The Seasons. Also, two settings of Sonnet 18 (Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day) by Shakespeare.

June 6, 2015
Voices of Vox
David TangToday’s lineup showcases the local semi-professional vocal group, Vox, with conductor and founder David Tang. Some of the performances are by Vox themselves:  For the Fallen by Douglas Guest, In Paradisum by Edwin Fissinger, There Will be Rest by Frank Ticheli, and two spirituals.  We’ll also hear three beloved choral works to be featured in the upcoming concert of 6/14/15  by Vox: Barber’s Agnus Dei (a transcription of Adagio for Strings), Miserere by Grigorio Allegri, and Spem in alium by Thomas Tallis.
May 30, 2015
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 FaureAlso featured are Two Motets and a set of songs called Deutsche Volkslieder (German Folksongs) by Brahms.

May 18, 2015
Taking Note

Beethoven 150We’ll hear the last, choral movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Our featured recording is one of the more recent versions of the Ninth, by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Also, we’ll take note of other new choral releases, including Te Deum by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Miserere  by Rudy Tas, and Sanctus and Benedictus from Messe (Mass) by Frank Martin. 

May 16, 2015
The Love of Music

Anonymous FourIn today’s very personal Choral Showcase, we listen to music given to our host, Theresa Woody, by her friend and fellow music lover, Raymond Graunke, 1921- 2003. From his music library to hers, pieces from Anonymous Four, Taverner Consort, Emma Kirkby, and the Westminster Cathedral Boys Choir.

May 9, 2015
Saluting the Singers

Oratorio Singers of CharlotteToday’s program features music for a large choir, most of which will be presented by the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte on May 15: Haydn’s Te Deum, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and two coronation anthems by Handel: Zadok the Priest, and The King Shall Rejoice. 

April 27, 2015
Recent Releases

I FagioliniThis week, we feature the ensemble I Fagiolini performing Ave Maris Stella (Hail, Star of the Sea) by Monteverdi, Agnus Dei from Missa Solemnis  by Beethoven, and music from Let God Arise by Handel. Also, In Dedicatione temple, a motet by Francesco Soriano, from the cd Musica Vaticana by the Montreal Studio for Ancient Music. 

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