- Music Director: Ming Luke; Ondine Young, Assistant Conductor; Margaret Martin, Apprentice Conductor
- Works: Prokofiev, Alexander Nevsky; Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet; Rachmaninoff, All-Night Vigil (Vespers—selections, movements 6, 9, 13)
- Soloists: Emily Skilling, mezzo soprano
- Venue: Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley
Stories about this season:
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.
The Long Chant of the Peregrinus - Peregrinus expectavi, Pedes meos in cymbalis: Prokofiev arranges these words, borrowed or not, and sets them to music to create something new and evocative.
Rehearsing the Bolshoi Orchestra - A few years ago, I was invited to rehearse the Bolshoi Orchestra, an amazing opportunity to experience the rich musical heritage of Russia.
Waterways: Out-takes on the Alexander Nevsky Cantata - Prokofiev’s Nevsky cantata expresses in music and text the Russians’ attachment to its country’s rivers as well as its lakes as markers of history and cultural identity.
On singing Russian music with BCCO at this time in history - Music Director Ming Luke talks about the challenges and importance of singing Russian choral works in our current season.