Articles & Reviews

• 1/9/2017: James Roy MacBean in The Berkeley Daily Planet:
Berkeley CCO presents Requiems by Mozart and Cherubini
"Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra presented three concerts over the weekend of January 6-8 at Hertz Hall. Featured were Mozart’s famous Requiem and the less well-known but highly acclaimed Requiem in C minor by Luigi Cherubini. BCCO’s Music Director Ming Luke conducted the Mozart Requiem at the Saturday concert I attended, while Assistant Conductor Eric Choate led the Cherubini Requiem." Full article »


• 11/17/2016: Martin Snapp in California Magazine, Cal Alumni Association:
Harmonious Memories: The Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra Turns 50 
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Fifty years after its founding as a program of the Berkeley Adult School, the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra (BCCO, for short) is going stronger than ever by remaining true to its two founding principles: amateurs only, and no auditions. Membership has zoomed from 20 people to 220, and there would be even more if BCCO could find a larger rehearsal space. And the quality of the musicianship has never been higher."  Full article »


• 6/13/2014:  Adam Broner in Repeat Performances:
Berkeley Community Chorus tackles the Big Book in a tight space
"Under the baton of conductor Ming Luke, on June 13 the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra (BCCO) performed Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah, a long oratory that he completed the year before his death. During a very satisfying evening, several things were notable..." Full Review »


• 6/19/2014: James Roy MacBean, in The Berkeley Daily Planet:"On Friday, June 13, 2014, the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra gave the first of three performances of Felix “Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah at Hertz Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. … Conductor Ming Luke had four excellent soloists singing the lead parts. … The huge chorus effectively handled the shifting moods of the people of Israel, as they initially pleaded with God to end a drought, then expressed their anger and dismay when God seemed unwilling or unable to hear their plea; then became bloodthirsty in a frenzied response to Elijah’s orders to kill all the prophets of Baal; then rejoiced when rains came; later were easily swayed by Jezebel’s exhortation to kill Elijah as a false prophet; then became awestruck when God sent earthquakes, thunder-storms, and fire to show his displeasure at Elijah’s forced exile and, finally, rejoiced at Elijah’s apotheosis in the oratorio’s culminating fugue, “And then shall your light break forth.”  Full review  »


• 6/12/2014:  BCCO to perform Mendelssohn epic Elijah's this weekend
Berkeley Times »


• 5/30/2014: Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra Attempts to Establish Choral Program
By Flynn Buxton-Walsh
Berkeley High Jacket »



Ming Luke - Berkeley's conductor and educator for young and old
By Adam Broner
Piedmont Post, September 11, 2013 »  


"More than 100 amateur choral musicians from San Francisco's Bay Area performed in Prague on Monday evening, singing their hearts out in a superlative -- truly outstanding (make that "mind blowing") -- performance of Dvorák's Requiem mass..."
Berkeley in Prague
By Nancy Graham Holm
Huffington Post, 06/27/13 »


BCCO to Sing Works by Young Composers, May 2,3 & 12, 2013
By Mary A. Rogier
Berkeley Times   April 25, 2013 »


The 2013 Young Composer Competition Sponsored by Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra
By Mary A. Rogier
April 2, 2013 »


Ming Luke Energizes the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra
By Susan K. Moffat
Berkeley Times, Nov. 15th, 2012 »


Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra Presents Dvořák’s ‘Stabat Mater’
By Ken Bullock
Berkeley Times, April 30, 2009 »