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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 2, 2014
A Virgo in the Lion's Den

LeoWhat do Praetorius, Salieri, Tormis, Biber, and Glazunov have in common?  They're all born under the sign of Leo (July 23 – August 22).   Listen to sacred and secular music by the August-born, including a movement from Salieri's Requiem in C minor, four lullabies by Estonian composer Veljo Tormis, the Gloria movement from the Easter Mass by Franz Ignaz von Biber, and music from Glazunov's King of the Jews. Then, there's music here by the lone Virgo in the August crowd:  Lud's Wedding, a chorus from A White House Cantata by Leonard Bernstein.

July 26, 2014

Mendelssohn 135pxFrom 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 Might by Delius, and three movements from St. John's Day Songs Veljo Tormis.  Also, two settings of Sonnet 18 by Shakespeare.
July 19, 2014
Two Mystics

Robert Shaw 165The complete Mass in C Major by Beethoven as recorded by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Robert Shaw conducting.  Also, Neptune: the Mystic, the seventh and final movement of The Planets by Gustav Holst, featuring the Berlin Philharmonic and the Berlin Radio Choir. 
July 12, 2014
Latin from France and Belgium
FIlluminated Latin textrench speaking composers' settings of Latin texts, including Panis angelicus by Cesar Franck, Agnus Dei by Georges Bizet, Gounod's Ave Maria (on top of Bach's Prelude in C), and the entire Requiem by Durufle.
July 5, 2014
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 28, 2014

SchubertCalming, serene music for choir fills today’s show: Two versions of O Magnum Mysterium, one by Victoria and the other by Lauridson. Also, Missa pro defunctis by Palestrina, Cantique de Jean Racine by Faure, and Schubert’s Psalm 23. We open with Lamentatio by the Mexican composer, Don Juan de Lienas.

June 21, 2014
New to You?
Beethoven 150
We'll hear a world premiere recording of Beethoven's cantata, The Glorious Moment. Also, we'll play Three Russian Songs by Rachmaninoff, and a motet for double choir by Voctoria.
June 14, 2014
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.
May 31, 2014
Fruit of May
Brahms 150
Two 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 Faure. Also featured are Two Motets  and a set of songs called Deutsche Volkslieder (German Folksongs) by Brahms.
May 24, 2014
New Delights: Part II

Mozart 150More new releases, including three choral hits: Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus, K. 618, Ave Maria by Bach (as arranged by Gounod), and Panis angelicus by Franck. Also, the mass, Puer natus est nobis by Thomas Tallis, and Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30 by Britten.

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