The Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra is pleased to present, for the first time, an all-Russian repertoire, on January 5, 6, and 7. In addition to orchestra selections from Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet, the program also includes three movements from Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, which comprises a strikingly beautiful, harmonic series of Russian Orthodox vespers and chants.
In the second half of the program, we will perform a stirring cantata by Prokofiev, based on his score for Eisenstein’s epic 1938 film Alexander Nevsky. We will show the film’s famous “Battle of the Ice” scene just after intermission, followed by a performance of the full cantata.
Ming Luke, BCCO’s music director, leads the 240 singers and orchestra on a journey from the reverence of a vespers chant to a fierce battle on an icy lake.
BCCO concerts are free, with donations welcome, because we believe everyone should be able to enjoy great music.