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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
March 28, 2015
Bach Mass in B Minor

Collegium VocaleAn all-Bach hour in recognition of the March birth of one of the world’s most gifted composers, Johann Sebastian Bach. Philippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale are featured in choral highlights from his great work, Mass in B minor.

March 21, 2015
Women's Voices
Caroline ShawWomen’s voices are featured today. We’ll hear the treble voices of women’s choirs in music from the middle ages to the 1800s: Medieval chant and a 14th century lovesong, Psalm 23 by Schubert, Four Songs, Op. 17 by Brahms, and Four Romances by Schumann. The local women’s ensemble, Nova Voce, contributes selections from recent recordings in Charlotte.  Also, we’ll hear the voices of two composers who work on an international level today: a Pulitzer Prize-winner with NC roots, Caroline Shaw, and the British composer Roxanna Panufnik. 
March 14, 2015
Against the Odds

DvorakAn exploration of a few composers who overcame their parents’ objections to become composers. On the playlist:  Two Unaccompanied Part Songs by Delius, selections from Dvorak’s Stabat Mater and Handel’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, and two songs for chorus by Robert Schumann.

March 7, 2015
A Choral Connection

whitacreToday’s show highlights some of the world’s favorite choral works, from music by Allegri of the 1600s, to Eric Whitacre, one of today’s musical stars.  We’ll hear some traditional  hymns and American tunes, Miserere by Grigorio Allegri, a rousing chorus from Verdi’s Aida, and Five Hebrew Love Songs by Eric Whitacre, written to poems by his soprano wife.

February 28, 2015
Diamonds on the Shelf

BeethovenFinding odd tracks hidden amongst the more familiar CDs in the library can be a fun quest. Here are a few such oddities: Beethoven’s arrangement of folk songs from different countries, a song from 13th century Spain about a heretic despoiling a religious painting, a mass by Joseph Rheinberger, and a Swedish-African song sung by Ladysmith Black Mambazo with the English Chamber Orchestra. Also, something that was an oddity in its time: a wordless women’s choir singing with orchestra, a sound by Gustav Holst that became the standard for evoking mysticism and outer space.  In other words, Neptune, the Mystic, from  The Planets by Holst.

February 21, 2015
Missa Solemnis Highlights

Beethoven 150Featuring two versions of Beethoven’s massive Missa Solemnis, we’ll hear three movements from a new recording by John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir, with the Revolutionary and Romantic Orchestra. Also, the Agnus Dei: the final movement, from a remastered 1982 recording by the London Philharmonic and the Edinburgh Festival Chorus made at Royal Albert Hall, London. 

February 14, 2015
Composers of February
Handel 150The February-born include such greats as Handel and Mendelssohn, Palestrina and Praetorius, and we’ll celebrate them all. Three motets by Palestrina and three more by Michael Praetorius grace today’s show, along with three choruses from Handel’s Dixit dominus and Six Lieder, Op. 88 by Mendlessohn.
February 7, 2015
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.
January 31, 2015
SchubertSchubert's Mass No. 6 in E-flat is the featured work in this program honoring Franz Schubert, born January 31, 1797. Robert Shaw conducts the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus on this Telarc CD. Also: Liebe (Love) a song for male chorus, performed by the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers.
January 19, 2015
Mozart and Morales
Mozart 150A tender new recording of Mozart’s beloved Requiem released in 2014 features the stellar ensemble Accentus with conductor Lurence Equilbey and Insula Orchestra. From another recent release of 2014 by the ensemble Stile Antico, we’ll hear a jubilant Jubilate Deo by Cristobal de Morales.   

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