Sounds Choral

Sundays at 2 pm

A weekly exploration into the colorful world of choral music.

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Sounds Choral this Sunday (6/16 at 2 pm) celebrates Spring with musical selections inspired by the season. Host Deborah Simpkin King shares music from the 13th to 21st centuries that expresses the joy in nature's rebirth.

James Ryan Brandau, artistic director of Princeton Pro Musica and Amor Artis, presents two English requiems on Sounds Choral this Sunday (6/9 at 3 pm) - works by Herbert Howells and John Rutter.

Host Gabriel Crouch looks at the 40-voice motet on Sounds Choral Sunday (5/26 at 2 pm) featuring the crowning example of this symphonic choral sound - English Renaissance composer Thomas Tallis' Spem in Allium.

Joseph Flummerfelt, conductor and long-time director of choral activities at Westminster Choir College, passed away in March at the age of 82, and Sounds Choral this Sunday (5/19 at 2 pm) celebrates his life  and legacy through his music.

Deborah Simpkin King, founder and director of Ember, the vocal ensemble of Schola Cantorum on Hudson, hosts Sounds Choral this Sunday (5/12 at 2 pm) and welcomes composer, arranger and singer Bill Heigen to this week's program.

Sounds Choral this Sunday (4/28 at 2 pm) marks Orthodox Easter with Maximillian Steinberg's Passion Week and Ēriks Ešenvalds' Passion and Resurrection. Ryan Brandau hosts this week's program.

Steven Sametz, artistic director of The Princeton Singers, hosts this Sunday's Sounds Choral (4/21 at 2 pm), featuring music for the Easter season. The program will also include a preview of an upcoming concert by the Princeton Singers with special guest ensemble The Princeton Girlchoir called "Hear Me Roar!" highlighting music by women composers

James Jordan, professor and senior conductor at Westminster Choir College, hosts Sounds Choral this Sunday (4/14 at 2 pm), presenting Howard Goodall's Invictus: A Passion.

Gabriel Crouch, director of choral activities at Princeton University, hosts this second part of his series on JS Bach's St. John Passion this Sunday (4/7 at 2 pm).

Gabriel Crouch, Director of Choral Activities and Senior Lecturer in Music at Princeton University, hosts sounds Choral this Sunday (3/31 at 2 pm) in the first of two parts featuring JS Bach's St. John Passion. 

Sounds Choral this Sunday (3/24 at 2 pm) features a performance of Julian Wachner's Epistle Mass performed by the choir his  Trinity-Wall Street and NOVUS NY, with baritone Stephen Salters.

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.

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