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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
June 25, 2016
Choral Vacation

eiffel tower parisVisit the great concert halls and cathedrals of the world and hear choirs from the world’s great capitals, all without packing a bag. Your passport: Choral Showcase and WDAV. We’ll sample music recorded in Paris, London, Moscow, and Prague. Also, from the capital of Austria, the inimitable Vienna Boy Choir, singing folk songs from England, Scotland, and the U.S.

June 18, 2016
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 “Our Father” (the Lord’s prayer) 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 11, 2016
Serenity

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 4, 2016
Welcome Additions
Chanticleer photo by Lisa KohlerNew recordings expand the library of WDAV; we'll sample some additions. Featuring a new song with the Folger Consort, Love Story by Chanticleer, Samuel Wesley Anthems by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, and Endless Border (music of Bo Hansson). Enjoy the music of Purcell and Gibbons, Richard Strauss, Samuel Wesley, Bo Hansson, Durufle, and Vivanco.
May 28, 2016
Choral Showcase: 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 Faure.   Also featured are  Two Motets  and a set of songs called Deutsche Volkslieder (German Folksongs) by Brahms.

May 21, 2016
Choral Showcase: Centuries of Song

cs-160521squareFrom 17th century Magnificats  to composers of more recent days, today’s show explores some of the repertoire recorded by choirs of late. Dan Locklair’s beautiful Remembrance is one of the more recent gems. Others are I Saw a New Heaven by Edgar Bainton, and three anthems by Michael John Trotta:  Totus Tuus, I Shall See, and a new version of Amazing Grace. From 17th Century Venice, we feature a Magnificat by Giovanni Gabrieli. And, from the court of 17th century Poland, we’ll hear Magnificat by Marcin Mielczewski.    

May 14, 2016
Choral Showcase: New in 2015
Robert PatersonNew choral cds appearing on the scene during the Winter of 2014 and Spring of 2015 are featured, 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.
May 7, 2016
Choral Showcase: Diamonds on the Shelf

Beethoven

Finding odd tracks hidden amongst the more familiar cds in the library can be a fun quest.  Here are a few such oddities:  Beethoven’s arrangement of folk songs from different countries, a song from 13th century Spain about a heretic despoiling a religious painting, a mass by Joseph Rheinberger, and a Swedish- African song sung by Ladysmith Black Mambazo with the English Chamber Orchestra.  Also, something that was an oddity in its time:  a wordless women’s choir singing with orchestra, a sound by Gustav Holst that became the standard for evoking mysticism and outer space.  In other words, Neptune, the Mystic, from  The Planets by Holst.

April 30, 2016
Hear My Song: Music For Remembering The Holocaust

Holocaust-RemembranceToday’s offering observes Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Mostly choral, with a few selections for instruments and for solo voice too, today’s mix honors and remembers the victims of the holocaust.  We’ll hear music from Vedem, an oratorio by Lori Laitman that tells  the story of artists and musicians – and children!—interred at Theresianstadt, many of whose work and lives were cut short.   And we’ll hear music by Carlo Sigmund Taube and Viktor Ullmann, two such artists who were lost to the world.  Also, the hauntingly beautiful second movement of Gorecki’s Third Symphony, the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs. 

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.


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