- Music Director: Ming Luke; Guest Conductors: Joseph Liebling; Debra Golata (Berkeley Community Women’s Chorus); Derek Saiho Tam (Berkeley Community Chamber Chorus)
- Works: 50th Anniversary Retrospective: Bernstein, Chichester Psalms; Erickson, I Think I Shall Praise It (World Premiere of specially commissioned piece for BCCO’s 50th anniversary); Sibelius, Finlandia; Brahms, Requiem (Movements 1 and 4); Handel, The Messiah (Overture, Worthy is the Lamb, Amen); special guest appearances by the Women’s Chorus, the Chamber Chorus, and the Berkeley High School chorus.
- Soloists: Heidi Moss, Soprano; Jennifer Lee, Emma Broback, Girl Sopranos (from Contra Costa Children’s Chorus)
- Venue: Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley
Stories about this season:
Welcome to BCCO’s 50th anniversary season! - The BCCO 50th Anniversary season is about to begin!
Gratitude (I think I shall praise you) - THANK YOU for such an incredible premiere performance experience!
Spirit of BCCO: celebrating three generations of music for everyone - The Spirit of BCCO premiered at Fall 2015 concert celebrating the history of BCCO and its three music directors.
Concert Video: A Celebration of 50 Years of BCCO - Video of the January 16, 2016 concert celebrating our 50th anniversary.
Sketch of Kurt Erickson - Composer Kurt Erickson won the competition to celebrate BCCO's 50th Anniversary
Ceremony and Musical Traditions - Every year, just after Thanksgiving, I pull out my recording of Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, make a cup of tea, and sit down to listen.
Ming Luke on 50th Anniversary Repertoire - Video recording of Ming talking to chorus at November 30 rehearsal about the 50th anniversary repertoire and how it reflects the history and spirit of BCCO.
Happy Holidays, BCCO! - Some thoughts from Ming to ponder over the holidays, before our first anniversary concerts.
In love with Lenny - Youthful ardor
Women’s Chorus: complete fall program - Video of the complete program for the BWCC fall 2015 program, Glory of the Dance.
BCCO All-Day Rehearsals: a tradition of music and fine food - All-day rehearsals have been a BCCO tradition that lets us delve into aspects of the music and of singing that we often don’t have time for during the regular Monday night rehearsals and give us a chance to learn from other conductors and musicians. On Saturday (November 14) we were joined in the morning by soprano Shauna […]
Ceremony of Carols: photo report on the community sing - What a wonderful event and such beautiful music! It was the first time I’d sung or heard the Ceremony of Carols. The San Francisco Girls Chorus was also spectacular, singing Britten’s setting of the Psalm. I’ve posted some of the photos that Patti and I took in a slide show. If you have more, add […]
Ming’s Musings: On New Compositions, Kurt Erickson - Here I discuss my love of working on new compositions, such as the Kurt Erickson piece, “I Think I Shall Praise Him,” commissioned for BCCO’s 50th anniversary.
Finlandia, 50 years ago - Finlandia,by Jean Sibelius, was often performed as an audience sing-along under Arlene Sagan. It also has an unexpected connection to BCCO's anniversary.
Ming’s Musings: rehearsing Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms - At a rehearsal break, Music Director Ming Luke talks about rehearsing Bernstein's Chichester Psalms.
Commission Update – Photo - Photo of handwritten score
Meet Kurt Erickson & his New Work, I Think I Shall Praise It - Introducing composer Kurt Erickson's new commissioned piece for BCCO's 50th Anniverary: I Think I Shall Praise It