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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
April 19, 2014
Verdi Requiem

Chicago Symphony Orchestra ChorusIn a sneak preview of the music to be heard on the next concert by the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte, Choral Showcase presents selections from Verdi’s great Requiem. Riccardo Muti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in music from this massive and stunning work.

April 12, 2014
New Music For Lent

HolstIn recognition of the liturgical season of Lent, we feature some old favorites such as Ave verum Corpus (True Body of Christ) by Byrd and O Vos omnes (Oh All Ye) by Victoria. Also, music not so well known: Stabat mater by Poulenc, and the Prelude to The Hymn of Jesus by Gustav Holst.

April 5, 2014
Songs of Solomon
Ola GjeiloWe explore some of the most beautiful poetry in the Bible, in music written to texts from the enigmatic Song of Solomon. Two versions of Flos Campi are featured, along with My Beloved Spake by Purcell. Also, a work by Mark Zukerman sung in Hebrew and dedicated to the marriage of his parents, a lush setting of Pulchra es by Ola Gjeilo, Set me as a Seal by Rene Clausen, and My Beloved is Mine and I am His by B. Daviaoff.
March 29, 2014
Choral Showcase: What's New, Part II

BBC National Orchestra of Wales 150More new tracks from new CDs: the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral from their CD, Choirs of Angels, the BBC National Chorus of Wales in Te Deum by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, and one movement from Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, from a new recording out by Christoph Eschenbach and the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir.

March 22, 2014
Bach Mass in B Minor

Bach 150An 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 15, 2014
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.

March 8, 2014
Choral Favorites

Handel 150Today’s choral offerings include music loved by today’s eclectic listeners: Zadok the Priest by Handel,  Song of Athene by Taverner (sung at the funeral of Princess Diana), two opera choruses by Wagner and Puccini,  an anthem by Purcell, Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor by Borodin, and O Fortuna from Carmina Burana.

March 1, 2014
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.

February 22, 2014
Handel's Messiah

Handel 150In honor of Handel’s birth in February of 1685, we’ll hear highlights from his oratorio Messiah, as performed by Sir Colin Davis with the Tenebrae Choir and the London Symphony Orchestra.

February 16, 2014
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.


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