This is sad. I sing Spirituals (among other things), yet I own none on CD. I guess when you hear and perform it live, you don't listen to it as home. Check back later and I will try to go through my music, and will try to give you a list of some of our favorite songs. You can then search for recordings that have them.
I know there are many killer choral recordings out there which are not all classical, not that there is anything wrong with the traditional but what interests me more are the folk tunes and gospel hymns that have a ton of soul and energy. Stuff that will raise the hair on the back of your head and really make you feel alive.
Its often tough finding the good recordings with all the drab and dismal choral works out there. Don't get me wrong, theres a time when those hit the spot too but more often than not I want to feel uplifted and moved.
I think you should find a good selection of choruses in the Chicago area. We mostly perform in the Baltimore/Washington area, but do get out on occassion.
Two concerts of note are this coming March 16, 2002 we are at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall with Peter Schickele (aka PDQ Bach); and next March 30, 2003 we'll be at the new Murphy Fine Arts Center at Morgan State University with Dave Brubeck; and a lot in between. The website has more information.
We also perform with other groups like the Baltimore Symphony, National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, and other area concert venues like at Johns Hopkins University, plus area churches, but those concerts are on their schedules.
Sugarbrie, thanks for the suggestion. The Amazing Grace disk is excellent, just outstanding actually. I have listened to it over and over the last few days, in fact its playing right now. Its a fine recording and the performers are absolutely top notch.
Any other Telarc suggestions???? This one is soooo good........ :)