In 1897, my grandmother, Charlotte Demuth Williams, a seventeen-year-old young woman from a small town in Ohio, who had not begun her study of violin until she was twelve, was given the singular honor of playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto at the 50th anniversary celebration of the composer’s death.
BCCO is powered by tremendous energy from a dedicated community — from multitudes of volunteers working behind the scenes to our loyal audience, from the Chamber singers who sing at local events to our orchestra members. Our extended community has grown with the recent creation of the new Women’s Community Chorus. Learn about the BCCO community here — including our unflagging sense of humor and favorite recipes.
Memories of Betty Pigford, longtime BCCO alto, board member, and force of nature.
Liz Raymer said: “I sing because it gives me incredible joy.” For more than 20 years, singing with Liz Raymer brought many of us in the chorus joy.
In January 2018, the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra presented, for the first time, an all-Russian repertoire, under the direction of Ming Luke. In the first half of the program, the orchestra played a suite from Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet.
Prokofiev’s Nevsky cantata expresses in music and text the Russians’ attachment to its country’s rivers as well as its lakes as markers of history and cultural identity.