Dear BCCO friends and family, I was delighted to have a chance to create this little film, The Spirit of BCCO for our 50th anniversary retrospective concert (or, as Ming called it, the “kitchen sink” concert.) And I’m honored at the reception the film was given. Both making and seeing the film at the concerts were an emotional experience for me. I have sung and played music since I was a very young child, and my life is much richer for the performances, the informal gatherings playing music with friends, and for the quiet times practicing notes and phrases on various instruments or with voice. Looking through all the photos and documents, hours of video footage and music files, and working with Ming on the interviews (and in past years, with Arlene) let me revel in the music and community provided by music and by BCCO. But films are not made alone, and while I was the one sitting at the computer editing, many others contributed critical components. I hope I’m remembering everyone—I’ll keep adding people as I remember! First, a special thanks to the StoryChorus Advisory Committee for ongoing support, and a special thanks to Monica Clark and Kathy Barrows for helping me wade through and assess all those hours of footage and files. Video footage of Arlene Sagan and the BCCO are from Aspire to the Stars, which Karen Davison and I shot in fall 2005 and finished for her retirement celebration. I shot the video footage of the Verdi Requiem last spring, concurrent with the live stream. Still photos contributed by: Dewey Livingston (Dewey, who went by Doug when he sang, scanned dozens of photos for us) Barbara Myers Mary Borders Barbara Lanier Recordings of Eugene Jones concerts: John Fattaruso (John transferred all concerts from 1974 — 1986 from reel to reel audio to digital files! Thank you so much, John!) Posters and programs: Kris Kargo created the gorgeous posters and programs from 2006—present. The History Archives Committee assembled the programs and posters from earlier eras; some of the earlier programs and posters came to us via John Fattaruso and Dewey Livingston.
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