Ming’s reflections on BCCO, singing, music, and community:
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!
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.
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.
On Dvorák and the Stabat Mater- Reflections on learning Dvorak's Stabat Mater, and how it relates to other Dvorak symphonic choral works.
BCCO War Requiem receives Best of the Bay award- BCCO’s commanding performances of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem at UC Berkeley’s Hertz Hall last June earned a top spot in the 2015-16 Best of the Bay reader poll by San Francisco Classical Voice.
Community, brain science, and the power of music- Some reflections on the ways music benefits us and brings us together in challenging times.
Two Requiems — singing in the new year with Cherubini and Mozart- Reflections on our two works for this week's concert: Mozart's Requiem and Cherubini's Requiem in C minor.
Preparing to conduct Britten’s War Requiem- Performances are just a week away; some reflections on conducting Britten’s masterwork.
Our Soloists for Britten’s War Requiem- About our soloists: Carrie Hennessey, Brian Thorsett, and Efraín Solis.
The Power of Music in our Human Experience- As we’ve talked about, Britten’s War Requiem is difficult music, and not just because of the notes, but also the subject.
Welcome to BCCO’s 50th anniversary season!- The BCCO 50th Anniversary season is about to begin!
Collaborating with the San Francisco Girls Chorus- Why a girl's chorus instead of the traditional boy's choir for Britten's Requiem? Here are some thoughts.
Libera Me, my favorite part of Britten’s War Requiem- Reflections on the Libera Me, the final movement, which we have been rehearsing very hard in the past couple of weeks.
Wilfred Owen’s Strange Meeting- Ming Luke reads "Strange Meeting," by Wilfred Owen
The Voice Jury- A tale from my student days.
The Power of a Musical Ensemble- Realizing the power of a musical ensemble during a tour, while at Westminster Choir College, led me to want to explore being a conductor.
Musical Magic working with BCCO- There have been many magical music moments in working with BCCO but these two stand out for me: St. John Passion in the Berkeley Community Theater and Dvorak's Requiem in Prague.
Why the War Requiem is an important work for me- Thoughts on the War Requiem as we begin rehearsing this fantastic work.
Happy Holidays, BCCO!- Some thoughts from Ming to ponder over the holidays, before our first anniversary concerts.
Conducting Symphonic Choral Masterworks: how do you keep track of everything?- One of the chorus members asked me how I keep track of everything when I'm conducting symphonic choral masterworks. Here's the basics!
Ming’s Musings: On New Compositions, Kurt Erickson- Here I discuss my love of working on new compositions, such as the Kurt Erickson piece, “I Think I Shall Praise Him,” commissioned for BCCO’s 50th anniversary.
My philosophy of choral singing- A bit about my philosophy of choral singing, on what it means to sing as a chorus, in community
Finlandia, 50 years ago- Finlandia,by Jean Sibelius, was often performed as an audience sing-along under Arlene Sagan. It also has an unexpected connection to BCCO's anniversary.
Ming’s Musings: Rehearsals- Ming muses on the rehearsal process as he leaves the chorus in the hands of guest conductors during his trip to China with the San Francisco Ballet.
Ming’s Musings: rehearsing Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms- At a rehearsal break, Music Director Ming Luke talks about rehearsing Bernstein's Chichester Psalms.
BCCO Embodies Music for Everyone- BCCO Music Director Ming Luke reflects on BCCO's commitment to music for everyone.
Verdi’s Requiem as singer and conductor- BCCO Music Director Ming Luke reflects on singing and conducting Verdi's Requiem.
My First Rehearsal with BCCO- Music Director Ming Luke remembers his first rehearsal with BCCO.