Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford, England, begins its 2011 USA/Canada concert tour with first-ever appearances in the Carolinas. On Tuesday, March 29, 2011, the choir performs at Charlotte’s Covenant Presbyterian Church, and WDAV Classical Public Radio will be on-hand to present a live broadcast, beginning at 7 p.m. The next evening, Christ Church Cathedral Choir performs at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Davidson, NC. From recordings of these two Charlotte-area concerts, WDAV will produce an Eastertide choral program, to be made available to public radio stations across the country. You can find out more about it at our Eastertide with Christ Church Cathedral Choir page.
“Christ Church Cathedral Choir is one of the world’s great male-voice choirs – with an unequalled tradition,” notes Frank Dominguez, WDAV Program Director and co-host of the live broadcast. “What an honor it is for WDAV to be a planning partner on the tour – and to bring this concert to our listeners and choral fans across the nation.” Mr. Dominguez and WDAV colleague Lauren Rico have been tapped to co-host the live broadcast on March 29 and the program to be syndicated nationwide at Easter. In addition to his duties as WDAV Program Director, Mr. Dominguez hosts WDAV’s Choral Showcase, The Night Music and Concierto. Ms. Rico hosts the weekly Carolina Live, a co-production with South Carolina ETV and Radio, as well as weekend editions of The Early Shift.
On its 2011 USA/Canada Tour, Christ Church Cathedral Choir will perform works by choral music’s most celebrated composers, including John Taverner, Thomas Tallis, George Frideric Handel, William Walton and Howard Goodall. At the March 29 concert at Covenant Presbyterian Church, the Boys Choir at St. Peter’s of Charlotte will join the Christ Church Cathedral Choir for several selections.
The Christ Church Cathedral Choir visits five cities on this 2011 tour:
Tuesday, March 29 Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC
Wednesday, March 30 St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Davidson, NC
Thursday, March 31 British Embassy in Washington, DC
Friday, April 1 Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC
Monday, April 4 St. Bartholomew Church in New York, NY
Tuesday, April 5 British Consulate in Boston, MA
Wednesday, April 6 Trinity Church in Boston, MA
Friday, April 8 Grace Church-on-the-Hill in Toronto, ON
“We are touring again to stay connected to the Oxford alums who live in the United States,” explains Christ Church Cathedral Choir director Stephen Darlington. “We hope they’ll support us by attending the concerts and by encouraging family and friends to attend as well. We also certainly hope to meet many new friends among choral music enthusiasts and singers – whether it’s at the concerts or the open rehearsals we plan to offer in each city we visit.”
For information on USA/Canada concert tickets, open rehearsals, CDs and more, visit the Christ Church Cathedral Choir’s website at http://usa2011.chchchoir.org. The choir has also posted concert videos as well as video interviews with Stephen Darlington and members of the choir.
About Christ Church Cathedral Choir
Rated as one of the world’s top male-voice choirs, Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford, England includes 17 boys and 14 men. Throughout its history, the Choir has attracted distinguished composers and organists, from its first director, John Taverner, appointed by Cardinal Wolsey in 1526, to William Walton in the 20th century, to today’s director, Stephen Darlington. The choir makes its home at the 12-century Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford.
About WDAV Classical Public Radio
WDAV is one of America’s leading producers of original classical-music programming. In addition to producing 140 hours per week for its own broadcast use on its HD-1, HD-2, and wdav.org channels, the station produces nationally-distributed programs, including NPR World of Opera, Radio Chopin, Concierto, A Carolina Christmas with Kathy Mattea, and, in partnership with ETV Radio of South Carolina, Carolina Live and Spoleto Chamber Music. A service of Davidson College in Davidson, NC, WDAV’s 89.9FM signal reaches a 22-county region centered in the Charlotte, NC metro area and ranging from Rock Hill, SC to Galax, VA. WDAV’s broadcasts can be heard live online 24 hours a day at wdav.org and iTunes, as well as on any iPhone or iPad equipped with the “Tuned In,” “NPR Music” or “Public Radio Player” app.