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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
November 28, 2015
American Song

cs-151128squareIn today'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 21, 2015
Choral Showcase: New in the Fall of Fourteen

cs-151121squareExploring 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, 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 14, 2015
Choral Showcase: Touching a Chord

cs-151114squareEveryone has been touched by music that triggers a mood of nostalgia, or even melancholy.  We’ve been inspired by strains of hope, too, and soothed by evocations of paradise.  Today’s choral showcase features music that expresses all this and more:  Gabriel Faure’s masterpiece of choral literature, the Requiem, or Mass for the Dead, from a 2002 recording conducted by Herreweghe. Also, a tidbit of Nielsen from a CD called Songs for Choir.  And songs of love and yearning by Brahms, in his set of songs for female voices, two horns, and harp,  Gesange, Op. 17.

November 7, 2015
Choral Showcase: A November Celebration

cs-151107squareNovember 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.  A November Celebration honors all of the above, with Britten's Hymn to St. Cecilia and music from from Gounod's St. Cecilia Mass as well as two motets by Aaron Copland.

October 31, 2015
Choral Showcase: Night Song
Moon against black night sky. By Doug Walters/UnsplashMusic about night comprises today's show, with Water Night by Eric Whitacre, a movement from Song of the Night by Polish composer Karol Szymanowski., and several short songs by Schubert and Brahms.  Voices include the Monteverdi Choir and the Robert Shaw Chorale (in music of Schubert), the Kansas City Chorale (in music of Brahms), and the Singverein Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Wien, Pierre Boulez conducting (in music of Szymanowski).
October 24, 2015
Music of the Vatican

VaticanCityMusic by Renaissance masters that have inspired leaders in the Vatican for the last five hundred years. Featuring a 2011 cd called Musica Vaticana by the Montreal Studio of Ancient Music, this show includes Missa Beata es Virgo Maria, a mass by Vincenzo Ugolini. Also, music by the composer who greatly influenced the ecclesiastical style of the Vatican: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.c

October 17, 2015
What's New

ConspirareA sampling of new CDs released recently: Conspirare from their CD, The Sacred Spirit of Russia; the ensemble Arcangelo with tenor James Gilchrist in music of Monteverdi; the Monteverdi Choir in the motet Singet dem Herr nein neues Lied by JS Bach; and the University of South Dakota Chamber Singers from their CD, Yours in Song.

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.

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