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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
October 4, 2014
Choral Treats
VerdiA variety of choral treats, including pieces from Allegri, Verdi, Bach, and Dvorak, as well as some well-loved traditional spirituals.
September 27, 2014

Robert KyrMusic to feed the soul with an atmosphere of mysticism and transcendence. Hear the spiritual side of Rachmaninoff, whose Vespers music evokes spiritual ecstasy, transcending time and space. Also, O lucidissima (O Brightest) by the twelfth century mystic, Hildegard von Bingen, two movements from Five Mystical Songs by Vaughan Williams, and selections from Songs of the Soul by Robert Kyr.

September 20, 2014
Flavor of Spain
Leon Spain Music from Spain, early and late. We’ll sample a bit of the Medieval Ages and Renaissance with motets by El Sabio, Morales and Victoria. From the Romantic era of Northeast Spain, we’ll hear an unusual work for piano, choir, and organ: Cant de les estrelles (Song of the Stars). Then, a spicy finish, with a more modern flavor:  Misa Criolla I by Ariel Ramirez
September 13, 2014
Bohemian Born: Antonin Dvorak
Dvorak 200 pxBorn on September 8, 1841, Antonin Dvorák wrote his major choral works while in his native Czechoslovakia. Today's show features his Mass in D, written late in life, just before a brief sojourn in New York. From a Chandos recording, Valery Polyansky conducts the Russian State Symphony Orchestra and its associated choir, the Russian State Symphonic Cappella.
September 6, 2014
9/11: A Remembrance

9/11 MemorialIn memory of the many victims of 9/11, we feature a work written for that very purpose: Living Voices, by James Whitbourn. Also, Mark Zuckerman's Gebet (Prayer), sung in Yiddish, and Psalm 23 from Chichester Psalms by Bernstein. The centerpiece of today's remembrance is Mozart's timeless Requiem Mass, from a recording by the Leipzig Gweandhaus Orchestra and Chamber Choir.

August 30, 2014
A Bernstein Dubussy Celebration

Leonard Bernstein We celebrate the August births of two great composers: Leonard Bernstein and Claude Debussy.  Several small songs, such as Debussy’s Salut de Printemps (Spring), and Trois Chansons (Three Songs) are sung by children’s choir and by adult ensemble. Then, there’s a women’s chorus in Debussy’s Sirenes, and a mature mixed choir with children’s chorus in one of the 20th Century’s most loved works: Chichester Psalms by Bernstein. 

August 23, 2014
Choral Vacation
eiffel tower paris
Visit the world's great concert halls and cathedrals, all without packing a bag. We’ll sample music recorded in Paris (Pavane by Faure), London (the motet,  Komm, Jesu, Komm by Bach), Moscow (selections from Rachmaninoff’s St. John Crysostum), and Prague (two movements from Mass in G by Poulenc). Also, from the capital of Austria, the inimitable Vienna Boys' Choir perform folk songs from England, Scotland, and the U.S.
August 16, 2014
New releases from 2014 yield new recordings of music by Brahms, Tavener, and Purcell. Two movements from the London Symphony Orchestra's recent recording of A German Requiem by Brahms are featured, along with secular music by Purcell (How Happy the Lover and To the Hills and Vales) sung by Voces 8. Also, Conspirare in Russian liturgical music by Rachmaninoff and Kastalksy, and Funeral Ikos by John Tavener. 

August 9, 2014
Fresh Tracks
Highlights of recent releases, including the ensemble Aquarius in Romances and Ballades by Schumann, music by Eric Whitacre, Four Songs by Copland, the Phoenix Chorale in music by Ola Gjeilo, and a traditional African hymn performed by the Women's Choir of the University of New Mexico.
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.

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