Sounds Choral

Sundays at 2 pm

A weekly exploration into the colorful world of choral music.

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Host James Jordan explores the spiritual world of the music of Arvo Part on Sounds Choral this Sunday (5/31 at 2 pm), sharing works that draw from the lessons of Part's life tragedies and how music can help and heal us in today's time of uncertainty.

Host Gabriel Crouch highlights a single motet of Josquin des Prez - "Beyond the Natural Order." Listen Sunday (5/24) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral this week features host Amanda Quist, who presents choral works that have Miami connections. Listen Sunday (5/17) at 2 pm.

In our present moment of uncertainty, host Deborah Simpkin King presents the music of Andrea Clearfield, including her cantata Tse Go La, about life transitions. Listen Sunday (5/10) at 2 pm.

Host Ryan Brandau presents some of the choral music of Thomas Tallis, including Spem in Alium, this Sunday (5/3) at 2 pm.

Host Steven Sametz presents choral settings of the words of Walt Whitman, including works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Jeffrey Van, Howard Hanson and himself this Sunday (4/26) on Sounds Choral at 2 pm.

Host James Jordan celebrates the life of Joseph Flummerfelt, conductor and long-time director of choral activities at Westminster Choir College- this the second in a three-part series- on this week's Sounds Choral, Sunday (4/19) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral this Sunday (4/12 at 2 pm) features music for Easter by Bach and Handel, plus works from the 19th and 20th centuries. Ryan Brandau hosts.

Host Gabriel Crouch explores J.S. Bach's St. John Passion in this two-hour special starting at 1 pm.

Host Steven Sametz celebrates the birthdays of Bach and Mussorgsky, as well as Sir William Walton, with a selection of their choral works. Listen Sunday (3/29) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral this week delves into Edward Elgar's oratorio The Dream of Gerontius with host Gabriel Crouch. Listen Sunday (3/22) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral host Ryan James Brandau explores the first major choral setting of the Diary of Anne Frank - James Whitbourn's "Annelies" - with a recording by the Westminster Williamson Voices, which first premiered the work. Listen Sunday (3/8) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral this Sunday (3/1 at 2 pm) is hosted by James Jordan, professor at Westminster Choir College and Artistic Director and conductor of The Same Stream choir. The program includes selections from the choir's new CD Serenity, which features works by Paul Mealor.

This week on Sounds Choral, host Deborah Simpkin-King explores the contributions to choral music of three African-American musical artists, including Moses Hogan. Hear this broadcast Sunday (2/23) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral: Feb. 16 - Fortunes of Love

Feb 13, 2020

Conductor and composer Steven Sametz, artistic director of The Princeton Singers, hosts a love-themed Sounds Choral this Sunday (2/16) focusing on the "Fortunes of Love." Enjoy selections from Carl Orff's Carmina Burana and Sametz's choral symphony Carmina Amoris. Listen at 2 pm.

Host Ryan Brandau presents selections from Handel's oratorio Solomon on Sounds Choral this Sunday (2/2) at 2 pm. 

Host Gabriel Crouch, director of choral activities at Princeton University presenta a tribute to the late Stephen Cleobury longtime director at King's College,Cambridge who passed away in November, 2019.

Host James Jordan presents a selection of Swedish Christmas Carols from St. Jakub Choir in Stockholm, directed by Gary Graden. Listen to Sounds Choral Sunday (12/29) at 2 pm.

Host Ryan Brandau, artistic director of Princeton Pro Musica, Monmouth Civic Chorus and Amor Artists, shares some of his most treasured carols for the Christmas season this Sunday (12/22 at 2 pm) on Sounds Choral, plus a tribute to the late Stephen Cleobury, former Director of Music at the Choir of Kings College, Cambridge.

Host Deborah Simpkin King explores two settings of the "Great O" Antiphons.

Listen to Sounds Choral this Sunday  at 2 pm.

Composer Steven Sametz, Artistic Director of The Princeton Singers hosts a program presenting the concert given by the Princeton Singers focusing on the wide spectrum of choral styles & treasures called 'Infinite Variety'.

Host Gabriel Crouch, director of choral activities at Princeton University, concludes his two-week exploration of the rich choral legacy of great psalms. This week - Psalm #150 the "Musician's Psalm".

Host Gabriel Crouch, director of choral activities at Princeton University, begins his two-week exploration of the rich choral legacy of great psalms. This week - Psalm 51 including the famous setting by Girogio Allegri. Listen Sunday (11/24) at 2 pm.

Host Deborah Simpkin King this Sunday (11/3 at 2 pm) shares selections from Considering Matthew Shepard by composer Craig Hella Johnson. The concert-length "fusion oratorio" relates the story of Matthew Shepard, the young, gay university student who was kidnapped in Laramie, Wyoming, beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in a field in October 1998. Conspirare performs in this recording.

Ryan Brandau spoltlights this great mass setting by Mozart that combines his love and knowledge of the music of Bach & Handel and his great operatice genius.

Sounds Choral this week launches an occasional series of programs devoted to the legacy of Westminster Choir College hosted by James Jordan, Director of the Westminster Conducting Institute. This Sunday (10/20) features a symphonic choir prepared by Elaine Brown conducted by Leonard Bernstein. in music of Francis Poulenc and Leos janacek.

Sounds Choral Producer David Osenberg hosts a special episode spotlighting a choral ensmeble located @30 miles west of Chicago- the St. Charles Singers. Joining David is the Director of the St. Charles Singers, Jeff Hunt.

Composer Steven Sametz, Artistic Director of The Princeton Singers hosts a program presenting the concert given by the Princeton Singers featuring music by women composers from across the centuries called 'Hear Me Roar'

For the month of July, a month that begins with a celebration of America, we asked our distinghuished roster of Sounds Choral Hosts to submit a lits of favorite American choral works. Those lists will provide the playlists for these July episodes. Hosted by David Osenberg.
Program 4- fianl program picks up many of the short works on the hosts's lists. Music by Custer, Whitacre, Copland, Hogan, Runestad, Conte, Lauridsen, Burleigh, Billings, Carter, Thompson & Barber

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