American Choral Premieres

The acclaimed William Ferris Chorale adds to their discography with a look at new music being written in America and some works that have been overlooked.

Composer and musician William Ferris dedicated his life to the creation and performance of sacred music. He was also committed to promoting the music of living composers and neglected music both past and present. His Chicago-based ensemble, the William Ferris Chorale was a primary outlet for these goals, and they continue to further the cause of their founder almost 10 years after his death. Their latest recording American Choral Premieres is a testament to the faithfulness, and immense artistry, of this ensemble.

Composers both living and dead are represented on American Choral Premieres. Represented are Egon Cohen, Paul Nicholson, Paul French, Easley Blackwood, William C. White, George Rochberg, and William Ferris himself. Also recorded for the first time are Four Motets of Alan Hovhaness, a composer who spent most of his career writing for the church and gathering influences from sources far and wide.

Our quick pick this week comes from the Minería Symphony Orchestra featuring violinist Philippe Quint. Under the baton of Carlos Miquel Prieto, they perform concert works by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

Music Heard On This Episode

George Rochberg (1918-2005): Behold, My Servant
Paul French/William Ferris Chorale — American Choral Premieres (Cedille, 2009)
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George Rochberg (1918-2005): Behold, My Servant
Paul French/William Ferris Chorale — American Choral Premieres (Cedille, 2009)
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Paul French (b. 1959): Who Am I?
Paul French/William Ferris Chorale — American Choral Premieres (Cedille, 2009)
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Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000): Four Motets, Op. 268
Paul French/William Ferris Chorale — American Choral Premieres (Cedille, 2009)
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Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957): Much Ado About Nothing: Overture
Carlos Miguel Prieto/Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería — Korngold: Violin Concerto / Schauspiel Overture / Much Ado About Nothing (Naxos, 2009)
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Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957): Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35: Finale: Allegro assai vivace
Phillipe Quint, vln.; Carlos Miguel Prieto/Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería — Korngold: Violin Concerto / Schauspiel Overture / Much Ado About Nothing (Naxos, 2009)
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David Wood

Originally from Leavenworth, Kansas, David Wood moved to Bloomington in 2005. He received his Bachelor of Music from Kansas State University, and his Master of Music from the University of North Texas. He studied ensemble direction at the Jacobs School of Music's Early Music Institute and joined WFIU in 2006 as an announcer. In 2008 he became WFIU's Music Director and also served as Art Bureau Chief from 2008-2013. David’s interests include Irish music and language (particularly traditional singing), music and religion, running, the outdoors, and, of course, classical music!

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