BCCO Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary!

Visit StoryChorus, at bcco50.org, for news about 50th anniversary events and stories from the BCCO community about our history and the power of singing in community.

Here are just some of the events planned for our 50th year:

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Community Sing of Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols
   Nov. 8, 3:30–5:30; reception 5:30-7:30
    Northbrae Community Church
    941 The Alameda, Berkeley
  • a choral workshop led by Ming Luke, free and open to the public
  • a special performance by the SF Girls Chorus
  • reception to follow
January 2016 Concert Series Honoring Our Three Music Directors
   Jan. 8, 9, 10, 2016

  • BCCO will sing selections from our 50 years
  • guest performances by the Berkeley Community Chamber Singers, the Berkeley Women’s Community Chorus, and the Berkeley High School Concert Chorale
June 2016 Concert Series of Britten’s War Requiem, June 3, 4, 5, 2016
  • a monumental anti-war masterpiece reflecting the power of music and community, with poetry by WWI poet and soldier Wilfred Owen
  • a lecture series on the piece at the Berkeley Public Library in March
  • poetry readings at local bookstores
  • pre-concert talks
And more . . . stay tuned!


Our January 2016 concert will include pieces from the eras of:

Eugene Jones, our first music director (1966–88):

George Frideric Handel:   Messiah

     • Overture and last chorus: "Worthy is the Lamb"


Arlene Sagan, our second music director (1988–2011):

Johannes Brahms:   Ein deutsches Requiem
     • (first and fourth movements)
     Guest Conductor: Joe Liebling »


Jan Sibelius:   Finlandia 


Ming Luke, our music director since fall 2011:

Leonard Bernstein:  Chichester Psalms










Music director:
Ming Luke »


Ming Luke, BCCO Music Director
Ming Luke, BCCO's Music Director
Photo by Bill Hocker


With special performances by the

This concert will also include a piece composed for BCCO's 50th anniversary by local composer Kurt Erickson, the winner of our recent Emerging Composer Competition.


There will also be performances by BCCO's outreach group, the Berkeley Community Chamber Singers, as well as by guest groups connected to BCCO.

Concert dates:
Friday January 8 2016, 8:00pm
Saturday January 9 2016, 3:00pm
Sunday January 10 2016, 3:00pm

Concert Venue:
Hertz Theater, UC Berkeley Campus

Our Concert Admissions are Free – Donations Appreciated!


All concerts are Wheelchair accessible.