As I was preparing for a meeting of the 50th anniversary committee, I got to wondering what else was going on fifty years ago when Eugene Jones brought together those first singers in a Berkeley Adult School class. I entered “50 years ago” in Google, and a raft of sites popped up with all sorts of fascinating details. I selected a few items that caught my attention and forwarded them to the committee. Together we thought it would be just one more way to celebrate our own 50th anniversary — to look at a whole range of events in the arts, in music, in politics, in sports, in whatever categories — events that help put the founding of BCCO into perspective. StoryChorus offers the perfect way to collect a dynamic, ever-changing list of historic events that reflect the interests, quirky and otherwise, of chorus members and friends of BCCO. 50 years ago, the free speech movement was heating up in Berkeley, the Civil Rights Movement was coming into its own, the Beatles were taking the US by storm, and (future) famous people were being born, while eminent national and international leaders were dying. One of my favorites: In 1965, Congressed passed the Voting Rights Act. To me that makes Eugene Jones as the first conductor all the more meaningful, in hindsight. What’s your favorite event that happened in 1965 ? Let us know in the comments below.
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