The Barbary Coast Recorder Orchestra (BCRO) is a recorder orchestra in the San Francisco Bay Area now in its fifth year. It is an educational outreach program of Voices of Music.
BCRO is a “democratic” recorder orchestra in which all its invited members participate equally from soprano to bass.
BCRO’s name references historic 19th-century San Francisco, evokes a flavor of diversity, and imparts one of its objectives: to perform unconventional works for recorder orchestra, including contemporary repertoire, pop and jazz arrangements, and newly-commissioned works. The recorder orchestra also plays earlier repertoire from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque in arrangements giving voice to the unique sounds of the recorder orchestra. BCRO led a successful fundraising campaign to purchase a subcontra bass recorder for use in the orchestra last year. The subcontra bass recorder, only a few exist in the world today, will fill out and beautify the recorder orchestra sound by adding great presence to a fine large bass section.
WORKSHOPS all from 10 am to 3 pm
Saturday, September 12 Arlington Community Church in Kensington, with Charles Coldwell
Saturday, October 3: Arlington Community Church in Kensington, with Tom Axworthy
2015-16 SERIES all from 10AM to 3PM, except March 6
Saturday, November 21 rehearsal #1 at Arlington Community Church
Saturday, December 5 rehearsal #2 at Hillside Community Church
Saturday,January 30 rehearsal #3 at Hillside Community Church
Saturday, February 20 rehearsal #4 at Hillside Community Church
Saturday, March 5 BCRO concert dress rehearsal (#5) at Montclair Presbyterian Church
Sunday, March 6 BCRO afternoon concert at Montclair - 2:00PM call, 4:00PM concert
Hillside Swedenborgian Community Church 1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito, CA 94530
Arlington Community Church 52 Arlington Avenue, Kensington, CA 94707
Montclair Presbyterian Church 5701 Thornhill Dr, Oakland, CA 94611Saturday, March 5 BCRO concert dress rehearsal (#5) at Montclair Presbyterian Church
Our 2013-2014 conductors: Frances Feldon, Greta Haug-Hryciw, Tish Berlin & Frances Blaker
If you are away in the winter or the spring, you may choose to attend only workshop(s). If you are away in the fall, you may attend just the 2014 Series, which consists of three rehearsals and the performance. For the Series, you may miss one of the scheduled rehearsals and still play in the concert.
If you have questions, please contact us.
Please keep in mind that participation is by invitation only. If you know someone who would like to join in on the recorder orchestra fun, you must pass the name to the directors first.
Frances Feldon and Greta Haug-Hryciw, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com