Stories about our current music director:
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.
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.
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.
Ming Luke on 50th Anniversary Repertoire- Video recording of Ming talking to chorus at November 30 rehearsal about the 50th anniversary repertoire and how it reflects the history and spirit of BCCO.
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.
Welcoming Ming to BCCO- Song lyrics to the tune of If I Were a Bell to welcome Ming to BCCO
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.