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Berkshire Lyric Theatre, Inc. 

P.O. Box 347  Pittsfield MA   01202

Berkshire Lyric announces the start of rehearsals for the Spring 2022 Season

 

Berkshire Lyric Chorus

Because of rising covid cases that are expected to increase during the winter months, the chorus will have a delayed start to the spring season. Rehearsals for this 80 voice chorus will resume on Monday March 7 at 7:00 at the Pittsfield Unitarian Church. The May 29 concert of the Mozart Requiem and the Brahms Song of Destiny will take place at Tanglewood's Seiji Ozawa Hall. This annual Masterworks Concert with full orchestra will return for the first time since 2019, having been cancelled during the pandemic in 2020 and 2021. All members must be fully vaccinated. We rehearse fully masked. New singers are accepted by audition.

Audition Information

 

Lyric Chamber Chorus

Rehearsals started on Monday January 10 at 7:00 at the Pittsfield Unitarian Church and continue through February 28.  This select adult chorus for 26 singers is by invitation of the director. March concerts "From the Shadows to the Light" to include the Faure Requiem and contemporary a cappella motets.

Melodious Accord

Rehearsals for this select chamber chorus for high school girls resumed on Saturday January 8 at the Pittsfield Unitarian Church. New singers are welcome by audition. All members must be fully vaccinated.

We rehearse fully masked.

Concerts will be in March and May.

Lyric Children's Chorus

Rehearsals resume on Saturday January 15 at 9:00 am at the Pittsfield Unitarian Church. New singers ages 6-14 are welcome. All must be vaccinated We rehearse fully masked. Concerts will be in May.

What is Berkshire Lyric?

Berkshire Lyric is a community of choruses where singers ages six to eighty-three explore the world of beauty through the choral art.  

Founded  in 1963 and now led by artistic director Jack Brown, Berkshire Lyric continues to explore a wide variety of great music for chorus. We believe that the sung word is the language of the heart and has a unique power to transform both the singer and the listener. We live in a world of great spiritual hunger, and choral music has a unique power to move one's spirit.

While making great music together, we bring people together: young and old, professional and amateur. We try to demystify the great world of classical music, believing that this is music for all of us. 

Pandemic Video Projects:

2 videos including

new virtual performances and

music from our archives

We Need a Little Christmas!

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Berkshire Lyric celebrated the season in 2020 with a special virtual Christmas concert making its debut in a broadcast on Friday December 18. For the first time in our 57 years, Lyric was unable to give our annual Christmas concerts. We have put together a heartwarming video program featuring music of the season from Berkshire Lyric’s archive as well as performances by our new virtual chorus. With the Berkshire Lyric Chorus, Melodious Accord, and the Lyric Children’s Chorus, directed by Jack Brown, with Joe Rose accompanist, and special theatrical Christmas readings by John Demler.

 

Concert With a Cause!

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Our 45 minute video from August 17, 2020

Thank you to our many donors who supported our efforts to give something back to our local community during this pandemic. Over $3000 was raised and distributed to three Berkshire County food pantries Featuring new virtual recordings by our summer chamber chorus, Ubi Caritas, as well as well as audio and video clips from recent years. The video also includes interviews with a number of Berkshire Lyric singers who are professionally involved in the crisis.C

Concert 

NEPR Broadcast Story aired April 25 telling Berkshire Lyric story.

New England Public Radio has recently has put together a feature story on Berkshire Lyric. It was broadcast over the NEPR network on April 25, airing both on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Broadcast journalist Nancy Cohen visited us during an April rehearsal and interviewed director Jack Brown and several chorus members for this story about what makes a great, multifaceted community chorus tick. It has been archived on their website at www.nepr.net. Enjoy!

Acoustic Test Drive of Tanglewood's New Linde Center

On January 27, The Berkshire Lyric Chorus was invited by the BSO to make an acoustic test drive of the brand new Linde Center on the grounds of Tanglewood. We were the first people to have a chance to sing in this amazingly beautiful hall that will open to the public this June. Instead of having our regular Monday rehearsal in Pittsfield, we had a "field trip" to just across the field from our regular spring concert venue of Seiji Ozawa Hall. This amazing space can be acoustically tuned to the music at hand, and we enjoyed singing Schubert, Morton Lauridson and a swinging version of "Moonglow" with our great Joe Rose on their big Steinway. We learned a great deal from working with their acoustician from Kierkegaard Associates. Much fun for all to enjoy this gorgeous new music resource for the Berkshires. Bravo BSO!