An American Choral Tribute

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Sunday, July 04, 2010

This week Choral Fixation celebrates Independence Day with works by American composers sung by American choruses, including the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers and the St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.

Featured music:

Samuel Barber: Agnus Dei

Aaron Copland: Four Motets, Op. 20

Charles Ives: Circus Band March

Morten Lauridsen: O magnum mysterium

Meredith Monk: Nightfall

Randal Thompson: The Testament of Freedom

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Comments [7]

WQXR

Choral Fixation now airs both at 7am and 11pm on Sundays.

Jul. 06 2010 11:39 AM
CDP from NYC

Inane is only word I can think of regarding time change for Choral Fixation. In the beginning, it was a brilliant move. Now, useless, especially to those of us in NYC who do not necessarily get up at 7am on Sunday. Back to internet music, what, when and where I want....especially Venice Classic Radio for those who not know about it.

Jul. 04 2010 01:07 PM
Jim Czajka

I knew it was just a matter of time before a show as intelligent, affecting, and perfectly scheduled as CF would be marginalized. Back to classical wallpaper - just what the world needs...

Jul. 04 2010 12:21 PM
dknykassel from Germany

I arranged my schedule to be able to listen to Choral Fixation here in Germany and was surprised to find I had missed it due to WQXR's schedule change. Too bad. What is also too bad is that you have shortened this wonderful program.
I look forward every week to hearing it here in Germany: the variety of compositions and performers is very much appreciated.
I don't know what negative feedback you have received that you would have been moved to do this, but here is some positive feedback--please continue to offer this program. There is just not enough interesting choral playing time on the classical air waves, and this program is essential to remedying this state of affairs. Thanks again for the program.

Jul. 04 2010 12:09 PM
patricia marquez

what a shame - i made a point of being around to hear 2 hours of choral music on sunday afternoons. I am a choral singer and was delighted to hear more choral music on qxr. I'm afraid i won't make it out of bed every sunday for the 7:00 show.

Please reconsider!!!

Jul. 04 2010 12:07 PM
Michael Meltzer

If Choral Fixation has been trimmed, while the Whitacre CD is touted as the "recording of the week," WQXR has delivered a profound slap in the face to the amateur choral community (If you number the recreational amateur choruses and add them to the volunteer church choir singers, you are talking about many thousands of sophisticated listeners).
It is crass and it is stupid. It is a move that a know-nothing journalist might think of, but never a musician.

Jul. 04 2010 07:48 AM
Elsie St. Leger from New York, NY

Why move this wonderful show to 7am and then cut an hour from it? There are some who actually sleep in after a week of very early rising. Choral Fixations was my reward for hard work during the week. Now even this show is feeling the insistent pinch of the recession and corporate cutbacks. A saddening shame.

Jul. 04 2010 07:33 AM

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