Stories about this season:
Beautiful Postcard for the Brahms!- I love the photograph of the ripe wheat which is perfect because, for me, it is connected to the meaning of this special "human" Requiem.
Ein deutsches Requiem — An Appreciation- When BCCO sang the Requiem in Arlene Sagan's last semester, my husband wrote this Appreciation of one of favorite pieces by his favorite composer.
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.
On Dvořák and The Spectre’s Bride- Recorded at a Monday night rehearsal of the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra, as we prepare for this exciting concert!
Julia Morris, Assistant Conductor- Julia Morris is our always smiling, energetic new assistant conductor, who joined our Conductor Mentoring Program in fall of 2018.
Dvořák, The Spectre’s Bride: A Border Crossing- These spaces that cross over the boundaries of our usual life are often referred to as “liminal.” Often they represent the first phase of a process that may take us somewhere new and unexpected, then back to the place we started, with a difference.
The Spectre Groom is Everywhere- I’ve been asking myself why people in the nineteenth century would have gone to listen to a piece like The Spectre’s Bride. One answer to my question was that people wanted an exciting evening out with a few thrills and shivers, accompanied by Dvorak’s great music.
The Spectre’s Wedding Shirts, by Karel Jaromir Erben- The wedding shirt is both tangible and mysterious, and it carries metaphoric weight from start to finish. It also reflects the realities surrounding women’s roles in society and the attention to the fabric arts throughout history.