Sounds Choral

A weekly exploration into the colorful world of choral music.

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Sounds Choral host Gabriel Crouch this week shares the choral music of Lili Boulanger. Listen Sunday (1/23) at 2 pm.

Host Ryan Brandau presents choral works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, including Serenade to Music and Mass in G Minor on Sounds Choral this Sunday (1/9) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral this week celebrates the New Year with works by Rossini, Britten, Bach, Sullivan, Jonathan Dove and more in this episode called "Ring Out, Wild Bells," hosted by Steven Sametz.

Sounds Choral host Deborah Simpkin King shares music from the Christmas period - from Advent through the 12 Days - in this week's program called "Wondrous Mysteries." Listen Sunday (12/26) at 2 pm.

Host Ryan Brandau continues his tradition of sharing some of his favorite Christmas carols, motets and other seasonal choral music. This Sunday's program (12/19) includes Margaret Bonds' The Ballad of the Brown King. Listen at 2 pm. 

Sounds Choral host Ethan Sperry presents two lesser-known choral works for Christmas - Saint-Saens' Christmas Oratorio and Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Christmas Carols. Listen Sunday (12/12) at 2 pm.

Host Gabriel Crouch welcomes Barnaby Smith, Artistic Director of the British vocal ensemble Voces8, to Sounds Choral this Sunday (12/5 at 2 pm) to chat about its Live from London series.

Sounds Choral host James Jordan presents selections from the new recording "A Scattered Light in Winter" by the Westminster Williamson Voices, led by Jordan, featuring settings of the poetry of Dana Gioia. Tune in Sunday (11/28) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral this week celebrates St. Cecilia's Day with music by Benjamin Britten and Charles Gounod's Mass for St. Cecilia. Steven Sametz hosts this week's program Sunday (11/21) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral celebrates "Our Favorite Season" this Sunday (11/14), as host Deborah Simpkin King presents selections of choral music for Autumn and Thanksgiving. Listen at 2 pm.

Host Ryan Brandau presents music for All Souls' Day this Sunday (11/7) on Sounds Choral at 2 pm.

Host Ethan Sperry presents the "creepiest of the choral repertoire" on this week's Sounds Choral, featuring works by Benjamin Britten, Zoltán Kodály. That's Sunday (10/31) at 2 pm

Host Gabriel Crouch reviews all the recordings that made the short list of the 2021 Gramophone Award for choral music. Listen Sunday (10/24) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral host James Jordan, music professor  at Westminster Choir College and conductor of The Same Stream choir shares more selections from the choir's latest recording, To Hold the Light, including the Requiem by Peter Relph. Sounds Choral can be heard Sunday (10/17) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral this week features the theme "For the Beauty of the Earth." Host Steven Sametz will present music by Handel, Thomas Weelkes and Frank Ticheli, as well as his own piece, "For the Earth." Listen Sunday (10/10) at 2 pm.

This week's Sounds Choral surveys some of the works of composer John Rutter. Host Ryan Brandau will present some works that are perhaps lesser known, such as unaccompanied works for double chorus and Rutter's Birthday Madrigals. Enjoy Sounds Choral Sunday (9/26) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral host Ethan Sperry shares selections of settings of poetry exploring existential questions in a program of music of living in challenges times. Listen Sunday (9/19) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral host Gabriel Crouch this week examines choral music that captures the spirit of the ocean. Listen this Sunday (9/12) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral host James Jordan this week presents selections from the new recording by The Same Stream choir, Hold the Light. Listen Sunday (9/5) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral host Steven Sametz this week pays homage to music teachers and their students in this special Back-to-School episode. The program will include pairs of works by teachers and their students, including JS Bach and his instructor, Dieterich Buxtehude. Listen Sunday (8/29) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral host Ryan Brandau this week presents motets and cantatas of Poulenc. Listen Sunday (8/15) at   2 pm.

Host Ethan Sperry presents selections from the recording of Benedict Sheehan's Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom, performed by the Saint Tikhon Choir, on Sounds Choral this Sunday (8/8) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral this week explores the American immigrant experience - the hopes, dreams, and tears -  through choral music. Join host Deborah Simpkin King Sunday (7/11) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral features a selection of choral music for Independence Day, including works by Ives, Bernstein, Tchaikovsky, spirituals, and music from a concert by The Princeton Singers. Enjoy this program hosted by Steven Sametz Sunday (7/4) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral host Ryan Brandau shares selections from the 2020 Grammy Award-winning recording of Dame Ethel Smyth's "The Prison," featuring bass-baritone Dashon Burton and soprano Sarah Bailey, this Sunday (6/27) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral celebrates Father's Day this week with live performances of music by Brahms, Monteverdi and more. Join host Ethan Sperry Sunday (6/20) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral this week features a new release of works by Estonian composer Veljo Tormis highlighting the music of the "Forgotten Peoples" - those who live along the shores of the Gulf of Finland from Lithuania in the south to Karelia on the Russian-Finnish border.  Gabriel Crouch hosts this program Sunday (6/13) at 2 pm.

Host Ethan Sperry is joined this week on Sounds Choral by composer and arranger Desmond Earley, director of the Choral Scholars of University College Dublin for an exploration of Irish choral music. That's Sunday (6/6) at 2 pm.

The choral music of Southeast Asia is in the spotlight this week on Sounds Choral, as host Ethan Sperry is joined by composer Saunder Choi, a former member of the Philippine Madrigal Singers. Listen Sunday (5/30) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral host Ryan Brandau this week explores songs without words - textless compositions that use the range and variety of the human voice - including works by Debussy, Ravel, Shaw, Vaughan Williams and more. The program airs Sunday (5/23) at 2 pm.

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