Articles & Reviews

• 6/18/2018: Janos Gereben in SFCV: 
Berkeley Chorus Makes a Gift of St. Paul Oratorio
"Most community choruses without auditions don’t publicize that fact, which may be considered a potential handicap to excellence. Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra — nothing like most such organizations in many ways — makes a virtue of necessity: “The philosophy of the BCCO is that there is no person who cannot express himself or herself to the highest musical standards in a chorus. “Accordingly, auditions are not required for membership in the chorus. The membership is marked by hard work and collegiality which lead to the chorus’ unified resonant timbre and brightness.”
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• 1/2/2018: Janos Gereben in SFCV:
Great Music From (and for) the Berkeley Community
"As it always does, the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra is putting together an ambitious and inviting program, to be presented in free concerts to the community. The year’s first musical adventure from BCCO will be heard in UC Berkeley’s Hertz Hall at 8 p.m. Jan. 5, then at 3 p.m. matinees on Jan. 6 and 7."
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• 5/15/2017: Janos Gereben in SFCV:
Dvořák Masterpiece Featured in Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra Concerts
"Antonín Dvořák’s Stabat Mater is “One of the Most Powerful Declarations of Faith in Musical History.” It is on the next program of the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra (BCCO), June 2–4 in UC Berkeley’s Hertz Hall. As is usual for BCCO, admission is free, donations are accepted."   
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• 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."
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• 11/17/2016: Martin Snapp in California Magazine, Cal Alumni Association:
Harmonious Memories: The Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra Turns 50 
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." 
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•5/26/2016: Andrew Gilbert in Berkeleyside:
Raising voices for 50 years with the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra
"The competition for Berkeley’s most Berkeley organization is stiff, but you’ll be hard pressed to find an institution that embodies the city’s best impulses more fully than the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra. Radically egalitarian, creatively ambitious, and committed to offering free performances, the BCCO brings together some 220 singers, many of whom have little or no musical training."
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• 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..."
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• 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.” 
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• 6/12/2014:  BCCO to perform Mendelssohn epic Elijah's this weekend
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• 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 »