BCCO Concert Programs, May 1989 to date

Ming Luke, Current Music Director, Fall 2011 to date

Season Work Composer Notes

June 22, 23, 24, 2018

Ming Luke,
Music Director

St. Paul oratorio

Felix Mendelssohn

Soloists:

YoonGeong Lee, soprano »
Katherine Trimble, mezzo soprano »
Derek Jackenheimer, tenor »
André Chiang, baritone »

Concert Notes »

January 5, 6, 7, 2018

Ming Luke,
Music Director

Romeo & Juliet (selections)
(orchestral)
All Night Vigil
(selections)

Alexander Nevsky, cantata

Sergei Prokofiev

Sergei Prokofiev

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Soloist:

Emily Skilling, mezzo-soprano »  

Concert Notes »

June 2, 3, 4, 2017

Ming Luke,
Music Director

Egmont overture (instrumental)

Stabat Mater

Ludwig van Beethoven

Antonin Dvořák

Soloists:

Ariana Strahl soprano »
Kara Cornell mezzo-soprano » 
Brian Thorsett tenor » 
Colin Ramsey bass »

Concert Notes » 

January 6, 7, 8, 2017

Ming Luke,
Music Director

Requiem in C minor

Requiem in D minor

Luigi Cherubini


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Soloists:

Ariana Strahl, soprano»
Silvie Jensen, mezzo soprano»
Kirk Dougherty, tenor»
Matt Hanscom, baritone»

Concert Notes »

June 3, 4, 5, 2016

Ming Luke,
Music Director

War Requiem Op. 66 Benjamin Britten

Soloists:

Carrie Hennesey, Soprano »
Brian Thorsett, Tenor »
Efraín Solís, baritone »

Level IV of the San Francisco Girls Chorus School
Anne Katherine Hege, Level IV Director

Concert Notes » (These concert notes, by Phillip Huscher, were reprinted in our concert program with permission of the Chicago Symphony)

January 8, 9, 10, 2016

Ming Luke,
Music Director
 

Joseph Liebling
Guest Conductor

Messiah - Overture and "Worthy is the Lamb" George Frideric Handel  
I Think I Shall Praise it - Composed for BCCO's 50th anniversary

Kurt Erickson

 
 
Ein Deutsches Requiem
Movements I and IV

Joseph Liebling, Guest Conductor
 Joannes Brahms  
Chichester Psalms Leonard Bernstein

Soloists:

• Heidi Moss, soprano »
• Jennifer Lee, Soprano »
• Emma Broback, Soprano »

 

Finlandia

Jan Sibelius  Concert Notes »

June 5, 6, 7, 2015

Ming Luke,
Music Director

Requiem

 
Giuseppe Verdi

Soloists:

Carrie Hennessey, soprano »
Lisa van der Ploeg, Mezzo Soprano »
Alex Boyer, Tenor »
James Demler, Baritone »

January 10, 11, 2015

Ming Luke,
Music Director

St. John Passion

 
Johann Sebastian Bach

Soloists:

Jennifer Paulino, soprano »
Danielle Reutter-Harrah, mezzo soprano »
Brian Thorsett, Tenor »
Jeffrey Fields, Baritone »
Paul Thompson, Bass »

 

June 13, 14, 15, 2014

Ming Luke,
Music Director

Elijah oratorio, Op. 70 Felix Mendelssohn

Soloists:

• Carrie Hennessey, soprano
• Megan Berti, mezzo soprano

• Brian Thorsett, tenor

• James R. Demler, baritone

• Cap Sharon*, soprano
• Thomas Mosley*, soprano

*from the Pacific Boychoir Academy

Nov. 16, 22, 24, 2013

Ming Luke,
Music Director

St. Cecilia Mass
Serenade to Music
An Die Musik, D 547
Oseh Shalom Bimromav

Charles Gounod
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Franz Schubert *
Franz Schubert **
Michael Schachter ***
________________________
* Eric Howe, baritone, Ming Luke, piano
** Arranged by Loretta Notareschi
*** Young Composer competition winner

Soloists
• Jennifer Paulino, soprano
• Steven Ziegler, tenor
• Eric Howe , baritone

 

May 3, 5, 12, 2013

Ming Luke,
Music Director

 Requiem , OP.9
** Carmen Vocis
** Oseh Shalom Bimromav
** A Day of Sunshine
conducted by Derek Tam

** Young Composer
Competition Finalists

Maurice Duruflé
Costas Dafnis
Michael Schachter
Keane Southard

Soloists

• Carrie Hennessey, soprano
• Igor Vieira, baritone

 

 

Dec. 2012

Ming Luke,
Music Director

• The Great Mass in C minor, K. 427
• Symphony No. 29 in A major K. 201
Ave Verum Corpus

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Soloists
• Jennifer Paulino, soprano
• Megan Berti, mezzo-soprano
• J. Raymond Meyers, tenor
• Igor Vieira, baritone

May 2012

Ming Luke,
Music Director

Requiem Mass
     Op. 89

 

Antonin Dvořák

Soloists
• Carrie Hennessey, soprano
• Megan Berti, mezzo-soprano
• J. Raymond Meyers, tenor
• Richard Mix, baritone

Dec. 2011

Ming Luke,
Music Director

Gloria
Frostiana
Brandenburg Concerto
No. 3 in G major
Vivaldi
Thompson
Bach
Soloists
• Carrie Hennessey, soprano
• Megan Berti, mezzo-soprano

May 2011

Guest Conductor Joseph Liebling/

Music Director Arlene Sagan

Requiem
Opus 45
Brahms Soloists
• Marcelle Dronkers, soprano
• Eric Howe, baritone
  Because We Sang  
 from "Elegy of the Forest of      Sainte-Croix", #32

(World Premiere)
Robin Eschner  

Dec. 2010

Guest Conductor Joseph Liebling

Music Director Arlene Sagan

Harmoniemesse
Mass No. 14 in B flat major
Haydn Soloists

Rita Lilly, soprano

Deborah Kropp, soprano
Lauren Carley, alto
J.  Raymond Meyers, tenor

Gregory Stapp, bass
  Zadok the Priest from the Coronation Anthems Handel  
  First movement of the
Christmas Oratorio
  BWV 24
Bach  
  Fantasia & Fugue in C minor, BWV 53

Bach

 

Transcribed for string orchestra by David Cheng

May  2010

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Mass in B minor 
 BWV 232

 

 

 

Bach

Soloists
Elspeth Franks, soprano
Sonia Gariaeff, alto
Brian Thorsett, tenor
Hugh M. Davies, bass

Dec.  2009

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Mass in E flat major, no. 6,
D 950
Schubert

Soloists
Tiffany Cromartie, soprano
Lauren Carley, mezzo-soprano
J. Raymond Meyers, tenor
Jim Molmen, tenor
Paul Thompson, bass

May 2009

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Stabat Mater
Opus 58
Dvořák Soloists
Carole Schaffer, soprano
Sonia Gariaeff, mezzo-soprano
Kalil Wilson, tenor
Jeffrey Fields, baritone

Dec. 2008

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Selection of Opera Choruses Miscellaneous Soloists
Marcelle Dronkers, soprano
Richard Goodman, baritone

May 2008

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Requiem

 KV 626

Mozart

Soloists
|Marcelle Dronkers, soprano
Sonia Gariaeff, alto
J. Raymond Meyers, tenor
Zachary Gordin, baritone

  Ave Verum Corpus Mozart  Chorus
 

Hear the Bell  (World Premiere)

Eschner Winner of BCCO's Choral Composition Contest, 2007
  Prelude in C minor Bach

Orchestra

Transcribed for strings by David Cheng

Dec. 2007

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Messa di Gloria Puccini

Soloists 
Kevin Courtemanche, tenor
Todd Donovan, baritone

  Va, Pensiero from Nabucco Verdi  Chorus
  Overture, L'italiana in Algeri Rossini

Orchestra

Frank Chang, guest conductor

  La Notte, Concerto, Op 45 No. 8 for Bassoon Vivaldi Cynthia Hanson, bassoon soloist

May 2007

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Requiem Fauré

Mark Bruce, organist

Soloists
Marcelle Dronkers, soprano
Tiffany Cromartie, soprano
Joshua Henderson, baritone

 

Selections from

Les Chansons des Roses

Lauridsen Chorus
  Tanzlied des Pierrot Korngold

Soloist
Joshua Henderson, baritone

  Violin Concerto in A minor Bach

Charles Montague, violin soloist

Mark Bruce, harpsichordist

Dec. 2006

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Chichester Psalms Bernstein

Soloist
Max Vicas, soprano

 

Selections from

Old American Songs

Copland  Chorus
  A Tribute to Julian White
selected works, including
She Walks in Beauty
(World Premiere)
J. White  Chorus

May 2006

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Mass in C Major

 Opus 86

Beethoven

Soloists
Marcelle Dronkers, sopranoSonia Gariaeff, mezzo-soprano
Elspeth Franks, mezzo-soprano
Richard Walker, tenor
Joshua Henderson, baritone

 

Pavane Opus 50

Fauré  Chorus
  Fugue for Organ in G minor Bach

Orchestra

Arranged for strings by David Cheng

Dec. 2005

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Gloria Poulenc

Soprano soloists 
Jillian Khuner
Paula Goodman Wilder

  23.5°   (World Premiere) Mueller Winner of BCCO Choral Composition Competition, 2005
  Hymn to the United Nations Bacon  Chorus
  Concerto for Oboe and Trumpet Hertel

Dana Kemp, trumpet
Terri Knight, oboe

 

Serenade for Winds
Opus 7

Strauss

Orchestra

Frank Chang, guest conductor

  Song to the Moon Dvořák

Soprano soloists
Jillian Khuner
Paula Goodman Wilder

May 2005 Requiem Duruflé  Chorus
 

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Motet VI - Lobet den Herrn, Alle Heiden Bach  Chorus
  Rinaldo (selected arias) Handel

Soloist
Marcelle Dronkers, soprano

Dec. 2004 Alleluia Thompson  Chorus
 

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

A Ceremony of Carols Opus 28

Gloria

Britten

Vivaldi

Soloists 
Marcelle Dronkers, soprano
Terry Alvord, mezzo-soprano
Elspeth Franks, mezzo-soprano

 

 

Agnus Dei
from Adagio for Strings

Barber Chorus 

May 2004

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Requiem Verdi

Soloists

Jillian Khuner, soprano
Elspeth Franks, mezzo-soprano
Colby Roberts, tenor
Paul Thompson, bass

Dec. 2003

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Messiah Handel Soloists
Eileen Hunt, soprano
Miriam Abramowitsch, mezzo-soprano
Clarence Wright, tenor
Paul Thompson, bass

May 2003

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Requiem Brahms

Soloists
Marcelle Dronkers, soprano
Eric Howe, baritone

  O Viridissima Virga Hildegard   Chorus
  O Ecclesia Hildegard   Chorus

Dec. 2002

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Mass in C minor
 KV 427

Mozart

Soloists
Marcelle Dronkers, soprano
Karen Carle, mezzo-soprano
Clarence Wright, tenor
Richard Mix, bass

  O Ignis Spiritus Hildegard   Chorus
  Columbia Aspexit Hildegard   Chorus
  Quiet City Copland Orchestra

May 2002

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Carmina Burana Orff Soloists
Eileen Hunt, soprano
Clarence Wright, tenor
Tim Krol, baritone
Richard Goodman, bass

Members of SF Boys Chorus

  Irish Idyll Dodd Orchestra
  Brook Green Suite Holst Orchestra

Dec. 2001

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Mass in A Flat Major

 D 678

Schubert

Soloists
Jillian Khuner, soprano
Debra Golata, mezzo-soprano
Clarence Wright, tenor
Richard Mix, bass

  Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E flat Weber Asher Davison, clarinet
  Concord

Music by Britten
Words by Plomer

 Chorus
  Hymn

Music by Tallis
Words by Hosmer

 Chorus
May 2001

Children's Hour  

(World Premiere)

Julian White

Soloist
Miriam Abramowitsch, mezzo-soprano

 

Choral Fantasia

 Opus 80

Beethoven

Orchestra
Matthew Edwards, piano

  Frostiana (selections) Thompson  Chorus

Dec. 2000

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

St. Cecilia Mass Gounod

Soloists
Marcelle Dronkers, soprano
Clarence Wright, tenor
Richard Mix, bass 

  Chandos Anthem No. 7 Handel  Chorus
  Exsultate Jubilate Mozart

Soloist
Marcelle Dronkers, soprano

May 2000

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Mass in B Minor

 BWV 232

Bach Soloists
Eileen Hunt, soprano
Brenda Johnson, soprano
Miriam Abramowitsch,  mezzo-soprano
Clarence Wright, tenor
Richard Mix, bass

Dec. 1999

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Mass in E flat major

 D 950

Schubert Soloists
Francine Lancaster, soprano
Miriam Abramowitsch,  mezzo-soprano
William Gorton, tenor
Richard Mix, bass
  Symphony No. 23 in D major Mozart

Orchestra

Frank Chang, guest conducor

 

"The Trumpet Shall Sound"

from Messiah

Handel Dana Kemp, trumpet
soloist
Richard Mix, bass

May 1999

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Missa Solemnis

 Opus 123

Beethoven Soloists
Jillian Khuner, soprano
Miriam Abramowitsch, mezzo-soprano
William Gorton, tenor
Richard Mix, bass

Dec. 1999

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Nelson Mass in D minor Haydn Soloists 
Eileen Hunt, soprano
Miriam Abramowitsch,  mezzo-soprano
William Gorton, tenor
Richard Mix, bass 
  Divine Ship Bacon  Chorus
  Trumpet Concerto Haydn Dana Kemp, trumpet

May 1998

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Requiem Mozart Soloists 
Inetta Harris, soprano
Miriam Abramowitsch, mezzo-soprano
Craig Knudsen, tenor
Richard Mix, bass 
  Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat Mozart  David Lyons, horn
  A Tribute to Paul Robeson Robeson soloist Inetta Harris, soprano

Dec. 1997

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

A Ceremony of Carols

 Opus 28

Britten

Soloists
Marcelle Dronkers, soprano
Miriam Abramowitsch, mezzo-soprano
Othello Jefferson, tenor

  Gloria Vivaldi Chorus 
 

Missa Luba  

A Latin Mass set to African rhythms

arr. Guido Haazen Chorus

May 1997

 

Requiem Verdi Soloists 
Jillian Khuner, soprano
Miriam Abramowitsch, mezzo-soprano
William Gorton, tenor
Eric Howe, baritone

Dec. 1996

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Messiah (selections) Handel Soloists 
Eileen Hunt, soprano
Miriam Abramowitsch, mezzo-soprano
Robert Calvert, tenor
Macatee Hollie, bass
  Anthem: O Sing Unto the Lord Purcell Soloists 
Eileen Hunt, soprano
Miriam Abramowitsch, mezzo-soprano
Macatee Hollie, bass
  Sonata in D for 2 trumpets Franceschini Dana Kemp and Arthur Adamson, trumpets

May 1996

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Requiem Fauré

Soloists
Helen Dilworth, soprano
Paul Tavernier, baritone

 

Schicksalslied
 Opus 54

Brahms Chorus
 

"Et Incarnatus Est"
from Mass in C minor

Mozart

Soloist
Helen Dilworth, soprano

  Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 Bach Orchestra

Dec. 1995

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Israel in Egypt Handel

Soloists
Eileen Hunt, soprano
Miriam Abramowitsch, mezzo-soprano
William Gorton, tenor

  Quiet City Copland Orchestra

May 1995

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Requiem Brahms

Soloists
Marcelle Dronkers, sopranoPaul Tavernier, bass

 

Fantasia on a Theme

by Thomas Tallis

Williams Orchestra

Dec. 1994

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Te Deum

 KV 141

Mozart Chorus
  Te Deum Pärt
  Christmas in the Western World

Still

Arvey

Chorus 
 

Concerto in D Major

 Opus 101

Haydn Matthew Owens, cello

May 1994

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Mass in B Minor

BWV 232

Bach Soloists 
Eileen Hunt, soprano
Claudine Jones, mezzo-soprano
Andrew Morgan, tenor
William Berges, bass

Dec. 1993

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Messiah Handel Soloists 
Eileen Hunt, soprano
Marcelle Dronkers, mezzo-soprano
Claude Knudsenan, tenor
Eugene Jones, bass
Paul Tavernier, baritone

May 1993

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Magnificat Vivaldi

Soloists
Leslie Lesner, soprano 
Barbara Myers, soprano
Mary Borders, mezzo-soprano
Monica Kaufer, contralto
Bruse Appel, tenor

  Symphony of Psalms Stravinsky  Chorus
  Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major Beethoven Matthew Edwards, piano
 

Judas Macchabaeus

(selections)

Handel

Soloists
Luanne Rogers, soprano Carole Jones, soprano

Dec. 1992

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Judas Macchabaeus Handel

Soloists
Marcelle Dronkers, soprano
Linda Jaua, mezzo-soprano
Craig Knudsen, tenor
Robert Calvert, bass

Aug. 1992

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Carmina Burana Orff

Solosts
Eileen Hunt, soprano
Rob Calvert, tenor
Michael McCarty, baritone
Richard Goodman, bass baritone

May 1992

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Parables for Chorus & Orchestra

(World Premiere)

Julian White Chorus
Dec. 1991 Concerto in F major, Op 9 No. 3 Albinoni Orchestra
 

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Five Songs for the Season Misc. Composers Chorus
  Handel  

Soloist
Eugene Jones

May 1991

Mass in C minor

KV 427

Mozart

Soloists
Jeanette Burney, soprano
Madelyn Weiss, soprano
Martin Spahn, tenor
Paul Tavernier, bass

Dec. 1990

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Magnificat in D, BWV 243 Bach Soloists
Pamela Alexander, soprano
Marcelle Dronkers, soprano
Pat Johnson, alto
Craig Knudsen, tenor
Martin Spahn, tenor
Paul Tavernier, bass
  Messe de Minuit pour Noël
 
Charpentier Soloists

PamelaAlexander, soprano
Marcelle Dronkers, soprano
Marilyn Weiss, soprano
Pat Johnson, alto
Craig Knudsen, tenor
Martin Spahn, tenor
Paul Tavernier, bass

 

Messiah

(selected choruses)

Handel

Soloists
Mary Borders, soprano
Madelyn Weiss, soprano
Pat Johnson, alto

May 1990

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

The Creation Haydn Soloists
Pamela Alexander, soprano
Pat Johnson, alto
Michael Conran, tenor
William Berges, bass
Paul Tavernier, bass

Dec.  1989

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Messiah Handel  

May 1989

Arlene Sagan,
Music Director

Requiem

 KV 626

Mozart

Soloists
Pamela Alexander, soprano
Tom Reis, tenor
Michael Conran, tenor