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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
August 27, 2016
Mostly English

hubert-parry-220px.jpgWorks by two English composers grace today’s show: three movements from the Western Wynde Mass by John Taverner of 16th Century England, and Te Deum by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, written in 1911. Also featured: are two works with English texts and music by the American composer Zachary Wadsworth: Come to the Road and Heaven. Lastly, El Cumbanchero is a spicy tidbit sung in Spanish by Seraphic Fire, giving meaning to the word “Mostly” in today’s title.

August 20, 2016
Two Americans

Hovhaness 150A composer and a conductor are featured in today’s program of American choral music: Alan Hovhaness and Dale Warland. Lady of Light, a secular oratorio by Hovhaness, is performed by the Ambrosian Singers, soloists and orchestra. And the Dale Warland Singers sing three songs from Harvest Home.

August 13, 2016
Thus Singeth

handel choral showcase tilePsalm 109 has been a favorite text of composers through the ages, often in the Latin, Dixit Dominus. "Thus saith the Lord to my Lord: Sit Thou at my Right Hand." Recordings heard today include two longer settings of this text, by Alessandro Scarlatti and Giovanni Paolo Colonna. Also a shorter version by Mozart from his Solemn Vespers, and the first movement, Dixit Dominus, from a longer work of the same name by Handel.  

August 6, 2016
Cathedral Music
CS-829-squareMusic from France, Russia, and Renaissance Spain,  featuring recent recordings by the Elora Festival Singers, Tenebrae, and The Sixteen. We hear music written for or inspired by cathedrals, including  Poulenc’s  Mass in G, Maria Magdalene, Agnus Dei and Credo by Francisco Guerrero. Also, music for the Russian Orthodox cathedral: Cherubic Hymn by Golovanov, Blessed Be the Man by Rachmaninoff, and Now the Powers of Heaven by Gretchaninoff.
July 30, 2016
Schubert Mass in E-Flat
believe-photo-by-brandi-redd-300px.jpgRichard Hickox leads Collegium Musicum 90 In Schubert’s sixth and last setting of the mass.
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
Transcendence

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.



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