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ABOUT THE WORLD CHORAL SPECTACULAR

Every three years, the planet's best choirs vie to perform at the World Choral Symposium. This blue-ribbon choral festival touches down at a new location each time, and in 2005 Kyoto, Japan hosted 24 phenomenal choirs. American Public Media was at the Symposium and has now created this four-part 'best-of-the-best' broadcast series called World Choral Spectacular II. (WCS I was broadcast in 2003.) The repertoire centers on traditional choral singing that U.S. public radio listeners will find familiar, but each program also holds brief, delightful musical surprises as well; for instance, a haunting Islamic song from Turkey, or an improvised Norwegian folktune. The unifying factor throughout this series is quality: every one of these performances is breathtaking.
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PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

 

Program No. 1:

BBC Singers (UK)
Stephen Cleobury, cond.
GABRIEL JACKSON: Ave Maria
JAMES MACMILLAN: Laudi alla Virgine Maria
BOB CHILCOTT: Weather Report
TRAD. JAPANESE: Aka-Tombo
MICHAEL TIPPETT: Lilliburlero, from Four Songs from the British Isles

Naniwa Choraliers (Japan)
Keishi Ito, cond.
MICHIO MAMIYA: Hiki-nenbutsu

The San Miguel Master Chorale (Philipines)
Eudenice V. Palaruan, cond.
EXCELSIS BETIL: Glong-ngo-Ko (Praise You)
FRANCISCO FELICIANO: Pamugun (Sparrow)
EUDENICE V. PALARUAN: Pundayaw (Praise)


Program No. 2:

The Winnipeg Singers (Canada)
Yuri Klaz, cond.
IMANT RAMINSH: Come, My Light
HEALY WILLAN: Rise Up, My Love
ELEANOR DALEY: In Remembrance
SID ROBINOVITCH: Souls, Where Have You Gone?, from Two Inuit Songs
TRAD. CANADIAN: Danse, Mon Moin, Danse (arr. Derek Healey)
TRAD. CANADIAN: Feller From Fortune (arr. Harry Somers)

The Little Singers of Tokyo (Japan)
Hisae Hasegawa, cond.
TRAD. JAPANESE (arr. Yori-Aki Matsudaira): fr. Five Folklores
Ashikibu Ichiban-bushi

Nordic Voices (Norway)
JACOBUS CLEMENS NON PAPA: O magnum mysterium
CLEMENT JANNEQUIN: Le Chant des Oiseaux
PIERRE DE MANCHICOURT: Laudate dominum
TRAD. NORWEGIAN: Norwegian Wedding March
MAX REGER: Nachtlied
TOMAS LUIS DE VICTORIA: Lamentationes
TRAD. NORWEGIAN: Herre Jesus (arr. Bjarne Slogedal)
TRAD. NORWEGIAN: The Hen and Fox


Program No. 3:

University of Louisville Cardinal Singers (USA)
Kent E. Hatterberg, cond.
SPIRITUAL: In the Lord (arr. Moses Hogan)
THOMAS DORSEY: Precious Lord
SPIRITUAL: I Can Tell the World (arr. Moses Hogan)
H.T. BURLEIGH: My Lord, What a Mornin'
BYRON J. SMITH: Shout Glory
WOLFRAM BUCHENBERG: Ich bin das Brot des Lebens
VYTAUTAS MISKINIS: Laudate pueri, Dominum

Netherlands Youth Choir (Netherlands)
Wilma ten Wolde, cond.
MAURICE DURUFLE: Tota pulchra es

Oslo Chamber Choir
Grete Pedersen, cond.
TRAD. NORWEGIAN (suite):
Krist sto opp av doede (arr. Henrik Oedegaard)
Laattia - laa (arr. Marius Loeken)
Ned i vester soli glader (arr. Grete Pedesen)

Naniwa Choraliers (Japan)
Keishi Ito, cond.
KO MATSUSHITA: Yagi-Bushi


Program No. 4:

Parahyangan Catholic University Choir (Indonesia)
Avip Priatna, cond.
TRAD. INDONESIAN: Religious chants and clapping

Philomela (Finland)
Marjukka Riihimaki, cond.
SANNA KUKI-SUONIO: Tuulen nostatus
ANNA-MARI KAHARA: Armahan kulku
ANNA-MARI KAHARA: Kuka nukkuu tuutussasi

Orfeon Chamber Choir (Turkey)
Elnara Kerimova, cond.
TRAD. TURKISH: Katibim
TRAD. TURKISH: Ceylan

The National Chorus of Korea (Korea)
Chin-Seup Yom, cond.
K.Y. LEE: Song of the Birds
TRAD. KOREAN: Arirang (arr. K.Y. Lee)
TRAD. JAPANESE: Aka-Tombo


 
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DAY 1 IN KYOTO
by Brian Newhouse

Between the front door of the Kyoto Concert Hall and my seat in the auditorium, I overheard snatches of Finnish, Dutch, Aussie English, Spanish, a Canadian "eh?" and German—all of it laid on a bed of Japanese—like birthday sprinkles tossed on a kid's cake. The Symposium is the U.N. General Assembly of music. But if the reach of this event is global, the work of putting it on is intensely local. So the 2005 Symposium opened today with a concert that celebrated Japanese choral traditions.
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