Ming Luke, BCCO's Music Director
Photo by Art and Clarity
Ming Luke was appointed Music Director in June 2011
BCCO is a 210-voice, non-auditioned chorus based in Berkeley, with singers from around the Bay Area.
BCCO Tours Eastern Europe, June 16–26
[click to view tour blog]
BCCO heads to Eastern Europe for an exciting singing tour combined with sightseeing and sampling the local cuisines. Our tour begins in beautiful Budapest, Hungary, where we’ll perform Mozart’s Mass in C-minor at the St. Stephen’s Basilica and also at the Royal Palace in Gödöllő, about 25 miles of Budapest. We’ll be accompanied by the Gödöllő Symphony Orchestra, and our performance will include members of the Gödöllő City Choir.
On June 20, we move to Bratislava, Slovakia, where we’ll again perform Mozart’s Mass. We also have a delightful side trip to Vienna, Austria, where we’ll combine sightseeing (including the tombs and memorials of Beethoven, Mozart, and Brahms) with a master class with Manlo Manin, one of the choirmasters of the Vienna Boys Choir.
On June 23, we head for Prague, in the Czech Republic, where we’ll enjoy, among other sights, a boat cruise along the Vlata River and the Dvorák Museum. It will be a special treat to sing Dvorák’s dramatic Requiem in Dvorák Hall, accompanied by the KOA Orchestra and Choir.
All our performances will be led by Music Director Ming Luke, who first suggested this trip, only the second tour in BCCO’s history. (The first was to London, under the leadership of Eugene Jones.) Many chorus members are bringing friends or family with them and are extending their trips to take advantage of the proximity to other fabulous locales. We’re grateful to Ming for this great opportunity!
Michael Schachter Wins the Young Composer Competition
At BCCO's May 5 concert, Music Director Ming Luke announced that Michael Schachter's piece Oseh Shalom Bimromav has won BCCO's Young Composer Competition.
Fall 2013 concert:
- Charles Gounod St. Cecilia Mass
- Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music
- Franz Schubert An Die Musik, D 547
Saturday, November 16th at 8:00 PM
Sunday, November 17th at 4:30 PM
Sunday, November 24th at 4:30 PM
St. Joseph the Worker Church
1640 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94703
from Nancy Sue Brink
Watch this short video to learn more about BCCO's Young Composer Competition and the three talented composers who are our finalists — then come to our concerts to hear the pieces performed! If you come to the May 3 or May 5 concert, you can vote for your favorite piece to win the competition and meet the composers!
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All concerts are Wheelchair accessible.