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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 1, 2015
A Bernstein Debussy Celebration

cs-8115We celebrate the August births of two great composers:  Leonard Bernstein and Claude Debussy.  Several small songs, such as Debussy’s Salut de Printemps (Spring),  and Trois Chansons (Three Songs)  are sung by children’s choir and by adult ensemble.  Then, there’s a women’s chorus in Debussy’s Sirenes,  and a mature mixed choir with children’s chorus in one of the 20th Century’s most loved works:   Chichester Psalms by Bernstein. 

July 25, 2015
The Joy of Singing
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CS-300No matter your age: singing in a choir makes you healthier, and offers psychological, physical, and spiritual benefits. Today’s show explores some of the current research on the benefits of singing, and features choral groups in the Charlotte (NC) area. We’ll hear works from their repertoire such as Barber’s Agnus Dei, Psalm 100 by Rene Clausen and selections from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff.  And you’ll learn about some local choirs you yourself might want to join. So, listen, audition, and find out about The Joy of Singing. 

For more information about the choirs featured and their audtion schedules, click here.

July 18, 2015
New Delights

Ariel RamirezA sampling of new releases featuring renditions of new music and old favorites: two movements from Missa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez, Hymn of Jesus by Gustav Holst, two choruses from Sigurd Jorsalfar by Grieg, and Magnificat by John Taverner. 

July 11, 2015
Choral Vacation
eiffel tower parisVisit the world's great concert halls and cathedrals, all without packing a bag. We’ll sample music recorded in Paris (Pavane by Faure), London (the motet,  Komm, Jesu, Komm by Bach), Moscow (selections from Rachmaninoff’s St. John Crysostum), and Prague (two movements from Mass in G by Poulenc). Also, from the capital of Austria, the inimitable Vienna Boys' Choir perform folk songs from England, Scotland, and the U.S.
July 4, 2015
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 27, 2015
Stravinsky & Strauss

Stravinsky Born eighteen years apart in the month of June, Richard Strauss and Igor Stravinsky bridged the romantic and the modern eras of composition.  We’ll hear three songs for chorus by Strauss:  Joyous in May, Dreamlight and The Evening.    Also, we’ll hear how Strauss used the chorus in his opera Die Frau ohne Schatten.  And, the featured work of the evening will be Stravinsky’s riveting Symphony of Psalms,  from a recording by the Berlin Philharmonic and Radio Choir. 

June 20, 2015
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 of "Our Father" 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 13, 2015
Summer Music

SummerMusic for and about summer in this hot Choral Showcase episode. From Polovtsian maidens cavorting in a bloom-filled meadow to a song about a handsome young man bewitched by wood fairies, our summer music includes three songs by Mendelssohn, an aria and chorus from The Merry Widow by Franz Lehar, two songs To be sung on a summer night by Delius, and the final trio and chorus from the Summer section of Haydn's oratorio The Seasons. Also, two settings of Sonnet 18 (Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day) by Shakespeare.

June 6, 2015
Voices of Vox
David TangToday’s lineup showcases the local semi-professional vocal group, Vox, with conductor and founder David Tang. Some of the performances are by Vox themselves:  For the Fallen by Douglas Guest, In Paradisum by Edwin Fissinger, There Will be Rest by Frank Ticheli, and two spirituals.  We’ll also hear three beloved choral works to be featured in the upcoming concert of 6/14/15  by Vox: Barber’s Agnus Dei (a transcription of Adagio for Strings), Miserere by Grigorio Allegri, and Spem in alium by Thomas Tallis.
May 30, 2015
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 FaureAlso featured are Two Motets and a set of songs called Deutsche Volkslieder (German Folksongs) by Brahms.

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