Enjoy stories and reflections by chorus members about our history and our 50th anniversary season, published during our spring 2016 season.
Stories contributed by chorus members during spring 2016:
War Requiem soloists: an interview with Brian Thorsett, Carrie Hennessey, and Efraín Solís - Carrie Hennessey, Brian Thorsett, and Efraín Solís discuss singing the solos in Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, at BCCO's June 2016 performances.
Britten x 3 - Aline Soules writes about singing a work more than once.
Singing the War Requiem: “on behalf of…” - Singing Britten’s War Requiem has me working harder than ever on my music. but also feeling more deeply about the power of music in transforming human experience.
Arlene Sagan on teaching Tritones - Benjamin Britten's War Requiem is not the first piece that has challenged us with tritones!
West Side Tritone - West Side Tritone was composed at lunch, exemplifying the spirit of Un-Talent, and performed by altos (and one soprano) at 2016 Un-Talent Show.
Singing the Carmina Burana in Merced, CA - As long as notes stay on the page they are nothing but inarticulate marks. The composer needs us to make his music a real tangible thing; and each time a piece is sung it is a new composition
Vance George: musical workout at the All-Day - Vance George once again challenged us to be our very best.
Archives Committee at the Library - Working on the Archives Committee truly opened me up to appreciate what singing with the BCCO means.
Chamber Chorus sings “Acapella” with Oakland Ballet - the Chamber Chorus in a brief demo of the small ensemble's power, as it gets ready for a unique collaboration with the Oakland Ballet, an evening of dance programmed to acapella singing
Beauty in Prague: a farewell to Marilyn - A special photo of Marilyn in Prague, from the 2013 tour.
Learning to sing in motion on BART - Rehearsing my music on BART
John Fattaruso’s Extensive Collection of Early BCCO Concerts - What John Fattaruso started is the foundation for a permanent and ongoing collection of BCCO materials to be preserved for current and future generations at The Hargrove Library at UC Berkeley.
Verdi’s Requiem — June 5, 6, 7 - Over the past four months, more than 200 choristers have been working hard to get ready for our spring 2015 concerts — three performances of Giuseppe Verdi's dynamic Messa da Requiem. Bold, lyrical, inspiring — Verdi's Requiem is a joy for musicians and audiences alike.