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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 23, 2016
On Shakespeare's Happy Birth
RSC Shakespeare bustFrom poetry to lines from plays, plenty of composers have been inspired to set to music the words of Shakespeare. Today's program samples the variety: music from operas by Verdi and Shostakovich, moderns settings by Kevin Olson and Gyorgy Orban, and lush, beautiful compositions for choir by Barber, Elgar and Vaughan Williams are featured, along with selections from A Shakespeare Ode On the Witches and Fairies by 18th-century composer Thomas Linley, Jr.
April 16, 2016
Choral Showcase: Lord Nelson Mass

HaydnA new recording of Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis known as the Lord Nelson Mass features the ensemble Boston Baroque, with Martin Pearlman at the podium. Also, two secular songs by Antoine Bunois from a new recording out by Orlando Consort.

April 9, 2016
When Time Stands Still

cs-160409betterAn hour of choral music from 1915 to 2009: music that transcends a sense of time and place. Music that asks you to pause, and listen: About Lost Youth , Sacred Love, and Natasha by Georgy Sviridov of Soviet Russia (1950’s) ; Four Motets on Themes from Gregorian Chant, Op.10 by Durufle (1960) ; Little Elegy and The Incomprehensible by Stephen Paulus (2008) : and music from Rachmaninoff’s work of 1915, All Night Vigil, known as Vespers.

April 2, 2016
Spring Song

Spring-Song-120x120We sample choral music written for texts that mention Spring: 16th Century madrigals, selections from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, a short work by Pablo Casals, choruses from The Seasons by Haydn, and songs by Mendelssohn and Holst. 

March 26, 2016
A Joyful Eastertide

Easter lily 120pxOn this Easter Sunday, music written to celebrate the festival day: choruses from the Easter Oratorio by J.S. Bach, Surgens Jesus by Peter Phillips, and the entire Part III, known as the “Easter Portion” of Handel's oratorio, Messiah.

March 19, 2016
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 12, 2016
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.

March 5, 2016
Choral Showcase: Honoring the Choir

cs-160305Today’s show honors the massed voices that have moved, thrilled, and satisfied audiences through the ages. We’ll hear masterpieces of choral writing, including Grand March from Verdi’s opera Aida, and the Te Deum laudamus from Dvorak’s Te Deum, Op. 103. Also, the anthem that caught the worlds attention at the funeral of Princess Diana: Song of Athene by John Taverner. The featured complete work is Vivaldi’s Gloria, sung by the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.

February 27, 2016
Choral Showcase: French Like Durufle

cs-160227Durufle was a young boy when he was taken from his provincial home to the great gothic cathedral in Rouen, to study music.  He sobbed himself to sleep that night in the dormitory, but the world gained a master composer trained by two of the world’s most accomplished organists and composers. One of the results: his Requiem, which we'll hear in its entirety. Also in the lineup: Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Faure, and a work by Loyset Compere, a composer from 15th Century France.

February 20, 2016
Choral Showcase: 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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