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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 23, 2016
New to You?
Beethoven 150We'll hear a world premiere recording of Beethoven's cantata, The Glorious Moment. Also, we'll play Three Russian Songs by Rachmaninoff, and a motet for double choir by Victoria.
July 16, 2016

Robert KyrMusic to feed the soul with an atmosphere of mysticism and transcendence. Hear the spiritual side of Rachmaninoff, whose Vespers music evokes spiritual ecstasy, transcending time and space. Also, O lucidissima (O Brightest) by the twelfth century mystic, Hildegard von Bingen, two movements from Five Mystical Songs by Vaughan Williams, and selections from Songs of the Soul by Robert Kyr.

July 9, 2016
More Centuries of Song
Photo by Tamara MenziA touch of old and a touch of new in today's mixed program of choral song, with music ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day. Most of the recordings are recent releases of sacred music:  spirituals sung by Seraphic Fire, a motet by Canadian composer Nick Peros, Agnus Dei by Charlotte Bray, Agnus Dei by Francis Pott, and Cherubic Song and Alleluia by the Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov. From a local source, the Cantate Domino Latin Choir of St. Anne Catholic Church in Charlotte sings chant and a motet by Victoria. And, we’ll include a touch of the 1800’s with some secular Romances by Robert Schumann.
July 2, 2016
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 25, 2016
Choral Vacation

eiffel tower parisVisit the great concert halls and cathedrals of the world and hear choirs from the world’s great capitals, all without packing a bag. Your passport: Choral Showcase and WDAV. We’ll sample music recorded in Paris, London, Moscow, and Prague. Also, from the capital of Austria, the inimitable Vienna Boy Choir, singing folk songs from England, Scotland, and the U.S.

June 18, 2016
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 “Our Father” (the Lord’s prayer) 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 11, 2016

SchubertCalming, serene music for choir fills today’s show: Two versions of O Magnum Mysterium, one by Victoria and the other by Lauridson. Also, Missa pro defunctis by Palestrina, Cantique de Jean Racine by Faure, and Schubert’s Psalm 23. We open with Lamentatio by the Mexican composer, Don Juan de Lienas.

June 4, 2016
Welcome Additions
Chanticleer photo by Lisa KohlerNew recordings expand the library of WDAV; we'll sample some additions. Featuring a new song with the Folger Consort, Love Story by Chanticleer, Samuel Wesley Anthems by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, and Endless Border (music of Bo Hansson). Enjoy the music of Purcell and Gibbons, Richard Strauss, Samuel Wesley, Bo Hansson, Durufle, and Vivanco.
May 28, 2016
Choral Showcase: 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 Faure.   Also featured are  Two Motets  and a set of songs called Deutsche Volkslieder (German Folksongs) by Brahms.

May 21, 2016
Choral Showcase: Centuries of Song

cs-160521squareFrom 17th century Magnificats  to composers of more recent days, today’s show explores some of the repertoire recorded by choirs of late. Dan Locklair’s beautiful Remembrance is one of the more recent gems. Others are I Saw a New Heaven by Edgar Bainton, and three anthems by Michael John Trotta:  Totus Tuus, I Shall See, and a new version of Amazing Grace. From 17th Century Venice, we feature a Magnificat by Giovanni Gabrieli. And, from the court of 17th century Poland, we’ll hear Magnificat by Marcin Mielczewski.    

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