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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 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.

November 1, 2014
A November Celebration

St. Cecilia 150November is the month for celebrating both All Saints' Day and the feast day of St. Cecilia, patron saint of music.  Then, there are births to celebrate, including those of Benjamin Britten and Aaron Copland. We honor all of the above, with Britten's Hymn to St. Cecilia and music from from Gounod's St. Cecilia Mass. Also, two motets by Aaron Copland.

October 25, 2014
A Boulanger Masterclass

BoulangerCalled the greatest music teacher of the 20th Century, Nadia Boulanger shaped the course of music history and influenced composers alive today. We'll sample a Lux aeterna by Nadia and a Pie Jesu and Old Buddhist Prayer by her sister Lili, and have a listen to two works by Faure (Song of Jean Racine and Pavane), whose music greatly influenced the sisters. And we'll explore Boulanger's effect on other composers such as Ned Rorem, Mark Zukerman, and Aaron Copland.

October 18, 2014
October Bounty

Verdi 150Not all major composers wrote music for choir, but a number of composers born in October did. We'll hear a madrigal by Alessandro Stradella, the motet O Clap your Hands by Vaughn Williams, Psalm 100 by Heinrich Schutz, and the thrilling conclusion to the oratorio Christus by Franz Liszt. Also, the Introitus movment from the Requiem in C minor by Jan Dismas Zelenka, and God is the King by Billings. Two opera choruses by Verdi – the Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore and the Bandits' Chorus from Ernani complete the program.

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