2022 Winter Concerts

Both performances have sold out

if you have a ticket reserved:
– doors open at 2:15 pm
– proof of vaccination and masking required

Concert Program

January 7, 2023, 3 pm
January 8, 2023, 3 pm
Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley campus

Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra
Ming Luke, Music Director

Ellen Leslie, soprano
Carrie Hennessey, soprano
Brian Thorsett, tenor
Efraín Solís, bass

Household Music, Ralph Vaughan Williams (1941)
(Three Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes)

Mass No. 2 in G major, D167, Franz Schubert (1815)


“Great” Mass in C minor, K427, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1785)

1. Crug-y-bar, fantasia
2. St. Denio, scherzo
3. Aberystwyth, 8 variations

Vaughan Williams’ work with the music of his native Britain included the editing of several important books of hymns, most notably The English Hymnal and Songs of Praise. He was particularly attracted to the warm, richly melodic tradition of Welsh hymns, and in 1920 he composed a set of Preludes on Welsh Hymn-Tunes for organ. It has been arranged for string orchestra as well. In 1941 he wrote this highly attractive work, which is really another set of three Welsh hymn-tune preludes; perhaps he gave the work its homely name in order to avoid confusion with the other set.

The title also relates to its intended use, however. It was planned as a practical solution to the problem of making music during a time of war, when neither orchestras nor regular chamber ensembles might be available. Vaughan Williams left the scoring open, suggesting only that one way to play it might be with string quartet and optional horn. It has, however, been done professionally most often with string orchestra. It is a lovely piece, and at 17 minutes in length much more substantial than its too-plain name suggests.

Joseph Stevenson, allmusic.com

Program Notes by Melissa Mann, (procantare.org)

Program Notes from the Los Angeles Philharmonic

BCCO is sustained by the work and generosity of a large community. Donations received by BCCO in the past year are listed here. Thank you.

We are honored to recognize foundational gifts made to the chorus by Herrick and Elaine Jackson and by the estate of Charlotte Herzfeld. BCCO also thanks the two anonymous donors who underwrite our access to this terrific performance space, Hertz Hall. 

BCCO gratefully acknowledges support from the Civic Arts Grant Program of the City of Berkeley, a grant from the Alameda County Arts Commission ARTSFUND, and a grant from the California Non-Profit Performing Arts Program. 

Thank you to Assistant Conductor Samantha Burgess and accompanist Paul Caccamo for their assistance in rehearsals.

Please join us again for the next BCCO season. We hope to return on a stage filled with singers and with you in the audience for the following performances:

June 9-11, 2023 –  Mendelssohn: Elijah

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