Sounds Choral

Sundays at 2 pm

A weekly exploration into the colorful world of choral music.

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Sounds Choral this Sunday (3/17 at 2 pm) features the South Dakota Chorale, led by founder and conductor Brian A. Schmidt, as host James Jordan surveys from its CD, Sacred Songs of Life and Love.

Host Ryan James Brandau this Sunday (3/10 at 2 pm) on Sounds Choral presents works by German Baroque composer Heinrich Schutz.

Deborah Simpkin King, Pd.D, Founder and Artistic Director of Ember, the vocal ensemble of Schola Cantorum on Hudson, hosts Sounds Choral this Sunday (3/3 at 2 pm). This week she explores the African American traditions of the spiritual and of gospel music, sometimes assumed to be the same when in reality they are quite distinctive.

Steven Sametz, Artistic Director of The Princeton Singers, joins the roster of hosts of Sounds Choral this Sunday (2/24) surveying the rich tradition of British choral music. Sounds Choral can be heard at 2 pm.

James Jordan presents selections from the latest CD by the Westminster Williamson Voices on Sounds Choral this Sunday (2/3 at 2 pm) featuring Ola Gjeilo's Sunrise Mass and other choral works.

Host Ryan Brandau explores various settings of the Te Deum this on Sounds Choral this Sunday (1/27 at 2 pm). Enjoy a selection of works by composers including Charpentier, Handel, Britten and Part.

Join host Amanda Quist this Sunday (1/20 at 2 pm) for some of Johannes Brahms' secular choral works.

Sounds Choral this Sunday (1/6 at 2 pm) presents the second part of a performance by the Choir of Trinity-Wall Street featuring "Anglican Church Chestnuts." Conductor Julian Wachner joins David Osenberg as host.

Sounds Choral the next two weeks features Julian Wachner as co-host with David Osenberg for a presentation of a concert by Trinity-Wall Street choir in a program Wachner calls "Anglican Church Chestnuts." Enjoy the first part Sunday (12/30) at 2 pm. 

Host Ryan Brandau shares some of his treasured Christmas favorites, including motets and carols through the ages. Enjoy this Christmas-themed program Sunday (12/23) at 2 pm.

Host James Jordan welcomes conductor Gary Graden back on Sunday (12/16), as they discuss Graden's new release of a recording of Handel's Messiah with the St. Jacob Chamber Choir and ensemble REBaroque. Hear this new episode Sunday at 2 pm.

James Jordan, professor at Westminster Choir College and director of the Westminster Conducting Institute, hosts Sounds Choral this Sunday (12/9 at 2 pm) in a program commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of choral conductor and educator Eric Ericson. Jordan welcomes conductor Gary Graden, a student of Ericson, as they discuss Ericson's legacy and present selections from Ericson's recordings with the Stockholm Chamber Choir.

Deborah Simpkin King, Founder and Artistic Director of Ember, the vocal ensemble of Schola Cantorum on Hudson, hosts this week's Sounds Choral (11/25 at 2 pm). This week she explores the ways various cultures, genres and musical styles are coming together in choral music and performance.

Host Gabriel Crouch, director of choral activities at Princeton University, explores Robert Shaw's recording of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, including material and commentary from Shaw's notes and letters. Sounds Choral can be heard Sunday (11/18) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral this Sunday (11/11 at 2 pm) features selections from  Songs of the Questioner, the new CD from The Same Stream Choir, conducted by James Jordan, who is also this week's program host.

Sounds Choral this Sunday (11/4 at 2 pm) is hosted by Amanda Quist, chair of conducting, organ and sacred music at Westminster Choir College and will focus on the music of Palestrina and JS Bach, featuring Palestrina's Missa Sicut lilium inter spinas and Bach's Cantata BWV 45.

Host Ryan Brandau, Artistic Director of Princeton Pro Musica and Amor Artis, presents some rarely heard choral works by Johannes Brahms this Sunday (10/28) on Sounds Choral at 2 pm. The musical selections will include Brahms' Alto Rhapsody, Nanie and Schicksalslied.

Schola Cantorum on Hudson founder and Artistic Director Deborah Simpkin hosts this week's Sounds Choral (Sunday 10/21 at 2 pm), featuring selections of music remembering and commemorating the 100th anniversary of the World War I armistace.

Sounds Choral host Gabriel Crouch, Director of Choral Activities at Princeton University, welcomes Westminster Choir College's Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Joe Miller, as his guest to sample from Miller's new recording on the Westminster Choir College label of Frank Martin's Mass for Double Choir with the Westminster Choir.

Westminster Choir College professor James Jordan is joined by music scholar, organist, choirmaster, conductor and composer Edward Higginbottom on Sounds Choral (9/30 at 2 pm) in a program devoted to the choral music of Francois Couperin. 

Sounds Choral welcomes Deborah Simpkin King to its rotating roster of hosts this Sunday (9/23 at 2 pm). In this episode, she explores the myth that holds that all choral music is religious music.

Sounds Choral this Sunday (9/16) presents Rossini's Petite messe solennelle. Join host Gabriel Crouch, Director of Choral Activities at Princeton University, at 2 pm.

Host Gabriel Crouch surveys the rich, often unknown world of Russian sacred choral music this Sunday (6/24) on Sounds Choral at 2 pm. Enjoy a variety of works that are familiar, forgotten and rarely heard.

Join host Amanda Quist, Associate Professor and Chair of the Conducting, Organ, and Sacred Music Department at Westminster Choir College, as she surveys some of the many choral works based on poem settings. Enjoy this program Sunday (6/17) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral this Sunday (6/10 at 2 pm) features settings of Walt Whitman's Drum Taps. Host Ryan Brandau presents Vaughan Williams' Dona nobis pacem and works by Jeffrey Van.

Sounds Choral host Ryan Brandau presents excerpts from Handel's oratorio Israel in Egypt this Sunday at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral this Sunday (5/13 at 2 pm) highlights The Princeton Singers, a professional chamber choir celebrating its 35th anniversary, including an interview with Artistic Director Steven Sametz.  Gabriel Crouch, director of choral activities at Princeton University, hosts this week's program. 

Host James Jordan presents the premiere of Peter Relph’s Requiem this Sunday (5/6 at 2 pm) on Sounds Choral, performed by Westminster Williamson Voices. This program will also feature two motets sung by Same Stream Choir from their upcoming CD release.

This Sunday on Sounds Choral (4/29 at 2 pm), enjoy a discussion between host James Jordan, Westminster Choir College professor and Director of the Westminster Conducting Institute, and American composer Jackson Hill on his Japanese Songs. The program includes performances by Chanticleer, Westminster Williamson Voices and The King's Singers. 

Gabriel Crouch and Ryan Brandau co-host this week's Sounds Choral (4/22), sharing different recordings of Britten's War Requiem. Tune in Sunday at 2 pm.

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