Welcome to the Bay Choral Guild

The Bay Choral Guild is a 40-voice, auditioned chorus based in Palo Alto with singers from around the Bay Area. BCG's outstanding musical ensemble and rich repertoire are the foundation for innovative programs that bring works together in new and unusual ways. Our concerts offer both audiences and singers the opportunity to enjoy fresh and exciting choral music experiences, and balance enjoyment of the music with new insight and understanding.

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"Pro-level singing ensemble. Was like listening to KDFC-FM, but with the people actually in the same room. I kept waiting to hear Hoyt Smith intone, "That was the Bay Choral Guild... performing..."

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November 22, 23

Update: Last night’s  German Requiem performance in Campbell was wonderful. If you can come tonight or tomorrow, you will not regret it!

There are two more concerts – tonight in San Francisco at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church and tomorrow afternoon in Palo Alto at All Saints Episcopal Church, corner of Hamilton and Waverley.  Please note that the Sunday concert is at 4:30 pm, with a preview lecture at 4:00 by Sanford Dole, BCG Artistic Director.

Beloved by singers and audiences alike, this emotional, highly dramatic masterpiece has been popular in concert since the first performance established Brahms as a force in Vienna’s musical life. For our November concert, we will perform the setting edited by Brahms for piano-four-hands, chorus and soloists. This unusual version highlights the clarity, precision and power of Brahms’ masterful composition and brings an immediacy and intimacy to the vocal exposition of the various texts that Brahms chose for the seven movements. And each of the individual sections of the Requiem is full of wonderful counterpoint, glorious melodies and grand fugal passages. Please join us for this extraordinary event!

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