Sounds Choral

A weekly exploration into the colorful world of choral music.

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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.

Sounds Choral: May 16

May 16, 2021

Sounds Choral this week features Barber's Reincarnations and Poulenc's Gloria, as well as a work for Earth Day by host Steven Sametz in collaboration with the Indian composer, singer and tampura player Arati Shah-Yukich. Enjoy this program Sunday (5/16) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral: May 9 - Music for Mothers' Day

May 9, 2021

Sounds Choral host Amanda Quist this Sunday (5/9) introduces choral music for mothers - music written about, for and by mothers. Listen at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral Host Deborah Simpkin King commemorates Earth Day with selections of works that speak to our stewardship of the planet. Listen Sunday (5/2) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral this Sunday (4/25) features African-American spirituals as David Morrow, director of the Morehouse College Glee Club, joins host Ethan Sperry. Listen at 2 pm.

Host Gabriel Crouch presents "Choral Epitaphs," works written by composers to honor their mentors after their death. Enjoy this program this Sunday (4/18) at 2 pm.

Host James Jordan presents selections from a new CD from the Choir of King's College, Cambridge led by the late Sir Stephen Cleobury, featuring music by Anton Bruckner. Listen Sunday (4/11) at 2 pm.

Host Steven Sametz presents music for the Spring holidays of Easter and Passover, including works by Palestrina, Bach, Poulenc, Mahler, Beethoven and Sametz. Listen Sunday (4/4) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral: March 21

Mar 21, 2021

Celebrate the birthday of J.S. Bach with music written by this great composer - for birthdays! Join Sounds Choral host Ryan Brandau Sunday (3/21) at 2 pm.

Host Ethan Sperry presents a survey of the choral music of South Africa with composer and conductor Michael Barrett this week on Sounds Choral. Listen Sunday (3/14) at 2 pm.

Host Gabriel Crouch is joined by Tim Keeler, the new Music Director of the vocal ensemble Chanticleer. Tune in Sunday (3/7) at 2 pm.

This week's Sounds Choral, hosted by Steven Sametz, features a rebroadcast of selections from a concert by The Princeton Singers called "Hear Me Roar," a concert of music by women composers, in honor of Women's History Month coming up in March. Listen Sunday (2/28) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral: Feb. 21

Feb 21, 2021

This week's Sounds Choral host, James Jordan, features selections from a new CD by The Aeolians of Oakwood University, conducted by Jason Max Ferdinand. Listen Sunday (2/21) at 2 pm. 

Enjoy music for Valentine's Day as host Deborah Simpkin King surveys choral music from the eras of Courtly and Romantic love on Sounds Choral Sunday (2/14) at 2 pm. 

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Host Ryan Brandau explores the music of Josquin des Prez and Robert Fayrfax on Sounds Choral this Sunday (2/7),  including selections from a new album released by Stile Antico. Listen at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral host Ethan Sperry presents an introduction to the choral music of Southeast Asia, including secular works from the Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore Sunday (1/31) at 2 pm. The program includes an interview with composer Saunder Choi, a former member of the Philippine Madrigal Singers.

Sounds Choral host Gabriel Crouch presents choral music based on the works of Anglo-American poet W. H. Auden Sunday (1/24) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral host Ethan Sperry this Sunday (1/10 at 2 pm) presents selections from two masses for double choir - Ralph Vaughan Williams' Mass in G Minor and Frank Martin's Mass for Double Choir - written as Europe was emerging from the Spanish flu when choirs could once again sing together after the Spanish flu.

Sounds Choral host Steven Sametz this week welcomes 2021 with choral works, including two New Year's cantatas by J.S. Bach, folksongs and some of Sametz's own works. Listen Sunday (1/3) at 2 pm.

Host Ryan Brandau shares some of his holiday favorites, in this journey through the Christmas holiday in music featuring tunes from the Renaissance through today. Enjoy Sounds Choral this Sunday (12/27) at 2 pm.

Ethan Sperry, Director of Choral Activities at Portland State University, and Artistic Director and Conductor of the Oregon Repertory Singers, hosts "A Very 'Sperry' Christmas", featuring sacred music for the season from performances he has conducted in Ohio and on the West Coast. Listen Sunday (12/20) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral: December 13

Dec 13, 2020

Host Amanda Quist shares choral music for the holidays on Sounds Choral this Sunday (12/13), including familiar carols, works by JS Bach and contemporary works. Listen at 2 pm.

This week Sounds Choral host Deborah Simpkin King presents two works based on carols of the season - Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols and Conrad Susa's Carols & Lullabies. Tune in Sunday (12/6) at 2 pm.

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