2015 Holiday Choral Festival


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The 10th Annual Holiday Choral Festival is this Sunday!

Be present for an unforgettable evening of music with the University of Louisville Cardinal Singers, Floyd Central A Cappella Choir, Black Classical Artists of Louisville and The Choirs of St. Martin of Tours Church.

December 6 at 7pm, St. Martin of Tours Church, 639 South Shelby Street, Louisville, KY.

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2015 Thanksgiving Specials

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Cantus is one of the premiere men’s vocal ensembles, and with Alison Young, talk about the holiday, music, and food. (Thursday at 2pm)

EDUARD KREMSER, arr. Aaron Humble: We Gather Together (A Harvest Home)
BOBBY MCFERRIN: The 23rd Psalm (dedicated to my mother) (That Eternal Day)
GRIEG: Brothers, Sing On!
JOHN T. HOCUTT, arr. Aaron Humble: A Thankful Heart (A Harvest Home)
LEE HOIBY: Last Letter Home
JASON MCCOY: Come, Ye Thankful People, Come (A Harvest Home)
BYRON ADAMS: Eventide (A Harvest Home)
YSAYE BARNWELL: Wanting Memories
TRADITIONAL, arr. Chris Foss: Fiddle Tune (A Harvest Home)

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With music and stories for Thanksgiving, it’s Giving Thanks (Thursday at 9am and 8pm). New for 2015, two special guests: an artist in the kitchen, and an artist at the piano.

Christopher Kimball, founder, editor, and publisher of Cook’s Illustrated Magazine, and host of public television’s most-watched cooking show, America’s Test Kitchen. He’ll take us to his Vermont farm for a New England Thanksgiving, and talk about the experiences for which he’s most grateful.

Stephen Hough, world famous concert pianist, composer, prize-winning poet, and MacArthur genius. He’ll share his wonderful essay “Thanksgiving for Thanksgiving” which he wrote for the London Telegraph, and we’ll hear an excerpt from his favorite Thanksgiving author Willa Cather, plus his new Grieg album.

Also, Patrick Stewart reads autumn poems from John Keats and Antonio Vivaldi.

Taloa: An Exploration of Music by American Indian and Māori Composers

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Join composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate for an adventure in American Indian and Māori music. TALOA — which takes its name from the Chickasaw word for song — is a series exploring fascinating connections in the music of contemporary Māori and American Indian composers. This week (except Thursday) at 8pm.

The creator of major symphonic and choral works heard at The Kennedy Center and recorded by the San Francisco Symphony, Tate is our guide as we discover powerful and evocative music by a diverse range of American Indian composers. Along the way, Tate leads us on an unforgettable journey to New Zealand, where we listen in to his on-the-ground musical encounters with leading Māori composers and performers.

During this series of four sound-and-music-rich 2-hour programs, we’ll hear performances by Kiri Te Kanawa, Hilary Hahn, and the San Francisco Symphony. A collaboration between the WFMT Radio Network and Radio New Zealand Concert, TALOA is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and produced by David Schulman, creator of the award-winning “Musicians in their own words” series.

Please note: Throughout the series, the term “American Indian” is used rather than “Native American.” This reflects the preference of a majority of American Indians (as shown in a national survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor), and the usage of perhaps the most prominent institution of American Indian culture — the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Our guidance to on air staff is to avoid using the word “Indian” on its own, and instead use the term “American Indian” or refer to a person’s specific tribal affiliation. Also, the host may be identified with his full name “Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate” — or, simply as “Jerod Tate” or “Chicakasaw composer Jerod Tate.”

Information about the composers and performers featured in Taloa.

New Recordings Welcome the Holidays


As we welcome the holiday season we also say hello to a new batch of seasonal recordings. Here are some interesting selections for your consideration.

Kochi is a recording of Jewish music using instruments from India. While that may seem odd at the outset, the San Diego Jewish Men’s Choir has a valid reason for this. Kochi, India, was once a Jewish community of over 5,000 located in the port of Kerala, India. The Jewish people settled there around 562 B.C. Ruth Weber directs the group in this collection of Indian-flavored songs.

Ragnar Bohlin has been director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus since 2007. He founded the chamber choir Cappella SF last year. The group’s first release is a pleasing variety of Christmas selections that range from Praetorius and Bach to the Swingle Singers. The CD includes arrangements from this millennium by Bohlin and Eric Whitacre.

Pianist Stewart Goodyear loves The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky. So much so, that Goodyear arranged the whole ballet for piano solo. On one CD, the recording time is over 82 minutes in length. Goodyear visited Louisville in 2008 Stewart Goodyear as a visiting artist with support from the Gheens Great Expectations Project.

The Crouch End Festival Chorus is a large choir based in Crouch End, a northern suburb of London. The group was founded in the 1980’s. It recently teamed up with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra for a 2-CD set called The Greatest Christmas Choral Classics. The sound is huge in the manner of the old Eugene Ormandy/Philadelphia Orchestra Christmas recordings. While the collection concentrates on the true classics, it also includes newer seasonal favorites like All I Want For Christmas is You, Walking in the Air and Happy Xmas (War is Over).

December Celebration is a collection of new carols by seven American composers including Mark Adamo and Jake Heggie, who wrote operas performed by Kentucky Opera. The CD includes the first recording of Heggie’s On the Road to Christmas.