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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
February 13, 2016
Choral Showcase: To Love
c-150702-75Music expressing the many moods of love as given to us by composers through the ages. Sixteenth Century songs by William Cornish and John Dowland are paired with Weep You No More, one of Three Madrigals After Dowland by Michael Gilbertson. Rossini’s tender I Gondolieri, Romanzen Op. 91 by Schumann, and three songs from Zigeunerlieder, Op. 103 by Brahms are all about love. And the Kansas City Chorale sings two traditional American songs about love in a time of war.
February 6, 2016
Choral Showcase: A Night at the Opera

cs-160206Hear how composers have used the choir in opera, from boisterous stage spectacles to the deeper, more spiritually uplifting moments utilizing the angelic quality of massed human voice. We'll hear nuns in choruses by Johann Strauss, Jr. and Verdi, prisoners from the opera Fidelio by Beethoven, pilgrims by Wagner, a moon chorus (Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor), a bell chorus (Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci) , and two choruses from Gounod's Faust. Also, the Prologue to Boito's Mefistofele and Regina Coeli from Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana. 

January 30, 2016
Choral Showcase: Celebrating Schubert and Chanticleer
cs-160130We celebrate the life of Franz Schubert by hearing his Mass in G Major, D. 167, portions of his German Mass, D. 872, and his beloved Ave Maria.  We also explore works of different eras and styles as sung by the stellar ensemble, Chanticleer, including Rejoice in the Lord Always by Henry Purcell,  O Clap Your Hands by Orlando Gibbons, and three traditional songs:  Shenandoah ,O Waly, Waly and Camptown Races.
January 23, 2016
Celebrating Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus MozartMozart, one of the most prolific composers in the history of music (considering his life span) began writing music as a child. Today’s show explores some of his compositions for choir, beginning with a Mass he wrote just before his 13th birthday: Missa Brevis in D minor, K.65. Other, later works include (in chronological order: Regina Coeli, K. 276, Solemn Vespers, K. 339, and a short work often sung by church choirs today: Ave Verum Corpus, K. 618.
January 16, 2016
Choral Showcase: Schumann Requiem
Robert SchumannA seldom-heard requiem by a master of choral writing is heard, in the Requiem by Robert Schumann.  This from a CD recorded by the Chor des Stadtischen Musikvereins zu Dusseldorf and the Dusseldorf Symphony.  Also, a selection from Part I of the Mass of Life by Frederic Delius. And, sampling another new CD, the ensemble Anonymous Four sings two chants from the Codex Las Huelgas, a 13th-Century manuscript from a Cistercian nunnery in Spain.
January 9, 2016
Old and New

Berries in snow Photo by John PriceFor the new year, an assortment of old and new choral music, including music new to the WDAV library and maybe some older works that may be new to you.  Among the “older” offerings: Mozart's  Litany Loreto in B-flat, two short works by Franz Biber, and a Gloria by Mexican Baroque composer Juan Gutierrez de Padilla.  Also featured are a few newer choral works of the last forty years: O Thou Great Power in Whom I Move by Anthony Maglione and John Rutter's Winchester Te Deum.

January 2, 2016
For the Season
Choral Showcase Music for Epiphany and WinterThe 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 26, 2015
And A Happy New Year
Choral Showcase New Year 2016Usher in the year 2016 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 and 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 5, 2015
Advent Song
adventChoral Showcase ushers in the holiday season with a program of Advent music including Magnificats by Palestrina, Bach, and Rene Clausen.  From the traditional opening of the Solemn Vespers for the Feast of the Annunciation, Monteverdi's setting of Psalm 112, in which the psalmist praises the God who causes barren women to conceive and become happy mothers.  Also,  Mozart's version of the same psalm.
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.



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