Re-Choired Listening is a weekly radio program that brings you the best in choral music from St. Louis and around the world, hosted by Philip Barnes.

April 7: French Choral Music – Philip shares music from Francis Poulenc and Darius Milhaud, among others.

March 31: Seven Last Words of Christ – Philip plays the rarely heard choral version of the work written for Holy Week in Cadiz Cathedral, Spain, by Franz Joseph Haydn in 1786.

March 24: A Show for Lent

March 17: The Christiansen Family – Philip delves into the legacy of the Christiansen family and the gorgeous musical traditions of the Lutheran colleges of the upper Midwest.

March 10: O Haupt Voll Blut Und Wunden Many Ways – An examination of the myriad ways one tune can be interpreted: the Lenten chorale O Haupt Voll Blut Und Wunden (O Sacred Head, Sore Wounded). It was originally a secular love song, but was ‘appropriated’ by Bach and others.

March 3: Music Written Before 1525 – Philip shares a selection of early pieces by English, Scottish, and Franco-Flemish composers.

February 24: Music of Claudio Monteverdi – Philip shares selections from sacred works for St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, and madrigals that were perhaps composed for the Gonzaga court in Mantua, Italy.

February 17: Music of Sir George Dyson, Part III – The third in a three-part series on the music written by the author of the grenade-throwing manual for the British Army, Sir George Dyson.

February 10: Music of Sir George Dyson, Part II – The second in a three-part series on the music written by the author of the grenade-throwing manual for the British Army, Sir George Dyson.

February 3: Music of Sir George Dyson, Part I  – The first in a three-part series on the music written by the author of the grenade-throwing manual for the British Army, Sir George Dyson.

January 27: Jazz – Great choral jazz selections.

January 19: Winter – Beautiful music of this chilly season, including selections from Claude Debussy, Morten Lauridsen, Sting, Franz Schubert, Thomas Weelkes, and more, selected by Philip Barnes to  warm your soul on a January evening.

January 12: Bread – What “kneads” together the selections for this program?

About Philip Barnes: A native of Great Britain, Philip Barnes was a boy chorister at an early age, and as an adult sang with the cathedral choirs of Bristol, Hereford, and Wells.

Since 1989, Mr. Barnes has led the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus as its artistic director. He has complemented this with positions singing & conducting for various congregations and is currently director of music at Third Baptist Church in Grand Center. Mr. Barnes combines his musical activities with teaching and is a member of the classics department at John Burroughs School, where he instructs classes in Greek and Latin.

Mr. Barnes has made numerous recordings and has conducted the Chamber Chorus on fifteen commercially released discs, including seven on the Regent label. He has earned critical acclaim for his direction & programming and is recognized as a champion of both new music & women composers. Mr. Barnes has made numerous broadcasts on both sides of the Atlantic, and he has devised and presented more than 250 episodes of “Re-Choired Listening” for Classic 107.3!

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