The Street Requiem was composed as a memorial for all who have died on the streets, including those who are … [More...]
Community Storytelling for the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra
For more than 50 years, the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra has provided people of all musical abilities and backgrounds to sing major symphonic choral works — and has performed them free of charge for the community. StoryChorus was founded in our 50th year as a way to capture and share our history and the joy we feel while singing and playing in this unique musical organization.
New stories by and about the BCCO community
The oratorio opens with an oblique reference to the Old Testament, the God in Genesis who made the heavens, the earth … [More...]
My grandmother, Charlotte Demuth Williams, was born in 1880 and grew up in Oberlin, Ohio. Her father, John … [More...]
In preparing to sing Mendelssohn’s St. Paul Oratorio, I embarked upon a project to read the story of St. Paul’s life and … [More...]
One of the first profiles on StoryChorus was Christian Fritze's Buy Me Some Peanuts and Cracker Jack..., a tribute to … [More...]
In an article in the Berkeley Daily Planet about BCCO's performance of Britten's War Requiem, Liz Raymer said: "I sing … [More...]
Support BCCO as it sings through its next half-century!
More than 50 seasons of joyful rehearsals, breathtaking choral masterpieces, a loyal community of singers, growing audiences, dynamic performances, an outstanding orchestra, thrilling soloists, gifted young assistant conductors, highly successful composer competitions, a tradition of free concerts and of welcoming singers of all levels of experience, with no auditions. Founded in 1966 by Eugene Jones — the first African American conductor of a large Bay Area chorus and orchestra — BCCO choristers sing with deep commitment to community and an understanding of the power of music and the arts to create a better world. Help us keep singing for another 50 years!