BCCO's upcoming January concert will feature music from 50 years of the chorus's repertoire

BCCO at spring 2015 Verdi Requiem concert

BCCO at the spring 2015 concert, Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley Campus - Verdi Requiem


BCCO Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary during the 2015–16 Season!
  • a Community Sing of Britten's Ceremony of Carols (open to the public), on November 8
  • a January 2016 concert series honoring our three music directors, featuring music from our past 50 years and special guest performances
  • a June 2016 concert series of Britten's War Requiem, preceded by a series of lectures at the Berkeley Public Library about the piece and its context, as well as poetry readings at Berkeley bookstores
  • and more!

  • Please visit our 50th anniversary website, StoryChorus, where you can read about BCCO and post your own stories, photos, and video related to BCCO. You don't need to be a BCCO member. We want to hear from all our friends! Check out bcco50.org

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 forth movements)

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


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:
January 8, 9, and 10, 2016

Concert Venue:
Hertz Theater, UC Berkeley Campus

Our Concert Admissions are Free – Donations Appreciated!


All concerts are Wheelchair accessible.





We're delighted to report that Kurt Erickson has been chosen, from almost 100 entrants around the country, as the winner of our Emerging Composer Competition. He was selected by a panel of judges and the members of the chorus.

We have commissioned Kurt to write a short piece in honor of BCCO's 50th anniversary, and the piece will premiere at our fall 2015 concert series.