Stories about BCCO’s seasons:
A Painting inspired by The Spectre’s Bride- My granddaughter Emma Clarke has been coming to our concerts for the last 4 years. She has always been very creative and recently started carrying a small paint set with her.
First Rehearsal for Brahms Requiem- Ming leads BCCO singers on a journey through the worlds of Brahms and requiems.
Concert Video: Antonín Dvořák, The Spectre’s Bride- BCCO's January 5, 2019 performance of Antonín Dvořák’s The Spectre's Bride.
The Road to Damascus: singing Mendelssohn’s St. Paul Oratorio- In preparing to sing Mendelssohn’s St. Paul Oratorio, I embarked upon a project to read the story of St. Paul’s life and his letters, beginning with “Acts” in my King James version of the Bible. I was struck by the sudden and overwhelming moment of Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus.
What Happened to Saul: Mendelssohn and the St. Paul Oratorio- Mendelssohn, in bringing this God down to earth, participated in the romantic artists’ urge for contact with the sublime, the supra-earthly, the larger than life, his sublime music celebrating that ineffable moment of contact.
Prokovief’s Romeo and Juliet — Performance Video- In January 2018, the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra presented, for the first time, an all-Russian repertoire, under the direction of Ming Luke. In the first half of the program, the orchestra played a suite from Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet.
Alexander Nevsky Cantata, Performance Video- Enjoy a video of the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra performing the stirring Alexander Nevsky Cantata by Sergei Prokofiev, based on his score for Eisenstein’s epic 1938 film Alexander Nevsky.
Learning Dvorak’s Stabat Mater- Some reflections on my first encounter with the Stabat Matar with BCCO this semester.
Brahms Requiem on Mother’s Day- Brahms Requiem on Mothers Day
Memories- Singing with BCCO under Eugene Jones remained one of the highlights of my life, a memory with a glow about it that I yearned to get back to.