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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
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.

May 18, 2015
Taking Note

Beethoven 150We’ll hear the last, choral movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Our featured recording is one of the more recent versions of the Ninth, by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Also, we’ll take note of other new choral releases, including Te Deum by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Miserere  by Rudy Tas, and Sanctus and Benedictus from Messe (Mass) by Frank Martin. 

May 16, 2015
The Love of Music

Anonymous FourIn today’s very personal Choral Showcase, we listen to music given to our host, Theresa Woody, by her friend and fellow music lover, Raymond Graunke, 1921- 2003. From his music library to hers, pieces from Anonymous Four, Taverner Consort, Emma Kirkby, and the Westminster Cathedral Boys Choir.

May 9, 2015
Saluting the Singers

Oratorio Singers of CharlotteToday’s program features music for a large choir, most of which will be presented by the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte on May 15: Haydn’s Te Deum, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and two coronation anthems by Handel: Zadok the Priest, and The King Shall Rejoice. 

April 27, 2015
Recent Releases

I FagioliniThis week, we feature the ensemble I Fagiolini performing Ave Maris Stella (Hail, Star of the Sea) by Monteverdi, Agnus Dei from Missa Solemnis  by Beethoven, and music from Let God Arise by Handel. Also, In Dedicatione temple, a motet by Francesco Soriano, from the cd Musica Vaticana by the Montreal Studio for Ancient Music. 

April 25, 2015
New in 2015

Robert PatersonWe feature new choral CDs appearing on the scene during the Winter of 2014 and Spring of 2015, including Choral Suite from a New Eaarth by Robert Paterson, and music by Irish composers Charles Villiers Stanford, Conor O’Reilly, and Howard Goodall. Also, three motets by Monteverdi from a new recording made in the Cathedral of Santa Barbara in Mantua, Italy -- music that might have been performed in St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice in the time of Monteverdi.

April 18, 2015
On Shakespeare's Happy Birth

Shakespeare 150From poetry to lines from plays, plenty of composers have been inspired to set to music the words of Shakespeare. We sample the variety: operas by Verdi and Shostakovich; modern settings by Kevin Olson and Gyorgy Orban; and lush, beautiful compositions for choir by Elgar and Vaughan Williams. We also sample selections from A Shakespeare Ode On the Witches and Fairies by 18th-century composer Thomas Linley, Jr.

April 11, 2015
April Tributes

StokowskiWe are fortunate to have recordings by a prominent conductor of the past, who was born in April: Leopold Stokowski.  His rendering of the Evening Prayer from Humperdinck's opera, Hansel and Gretel opens today's program. Three Verdi choruses conducted by Zubin Mehta (born in April of 1936) and the complete cantata Alexander Nevsky by Prokofiev (born in April of 1891) complete the tribute to musicians born in the fourth month of the year.

April 4, 2015
The Mother's Tears

ScarlattiIn observance of Lent, we'll hear music from two settings of the text Stabat Mater (The Mother Stood) which has been used for centuries to describe the sorrows of the virgin Mary upon the pain and death suffered by her son.  Music from Haydn’s version and the complete Stabat Mater by Scarlatti will express the pathos and emotion of the season.

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.

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