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Past Performances, University Gospel Chorus

Spring 2020

  • Sunday, May 3, 7:30m, Hertz Hall
    D. Mark Wilson, Director
    “Gospel Music and the Life of Betty Gadling” – A Collaboration Concert of the UC Berkeley Gospel Choir and Allen Temple Baptist Church, recognizing the contributions of influences on African American sacred music and gospel music, in the Bay Area,, of the late Minister of Music Emeriti of Allen Temple Baptist Church, Ms. Betty D. Gadling
  • Wednesday, March 11, 12pm, Hertz Hall
    D. Mark Wilson, Director

Fall 2019

  • Wednesday, October 16, 12:15-1pm, Hertz Hall
    Mark Wilson, Director
    Praise Songs: From Gospel Chorus to Praise Team
    An afternoon of gospel music highlighting the 1990s historical shift from mega gospel choruses to smaller gospel praise teams, and change it brought the tradition of gospel music.
  • Sunday, November 17, 7:30pm, Hertz Hall
    Mark Wilson, Director
    Gospel Music Meets College Campus: A tribute to gospel courses on college and university campuses, and their historical formation within the 1970s black consciousness movement.

Spring 2019

  • Sunday, May 4, 8pm, Hertz Hall
    D. Mark Wilson, Director
    Faculty and Staff Sing Too – Gospel Music and the African American Staff and Faculty of UC Berkeley” – This musical collaboration between the Gospel Chorus and Black Staff and Faculty Organization of UC Berkeley will feature staff and popular faculty, who long to perform gospel music on stage and who secretly sing gospel songs to inspire their departmental work and academic research.
  • Wednesday, March 13, 12pm, Hertz Hall
    D. Mark Wilson, director
    “Troubled No More” – As springtime slowly approaches, join us for an afternoon of gospel music and sacred sounds from African American spirituals, bringing sunlight to “troubles of the world”

Fall 2018

  • Sunday, December 2, 7:30pm, Hertz Hall
    Mark Wilson, Director
  • Wednesday, December 5, 12pm, Hertz Hall

    University Chorus and University Chamber Chorus and special guests

    Wei Cheng, director
    Join the University Chorus, Chamber Chorus, P5 and University Gospel Choir to celebrate this special time of the year!

  • Wednesday, October 24, 12 Hertz HallMark Wilson, Director

Spring 2018

  • Wednesday, April 25, 12pm, Hertz Hall
    D. Mark Wilson, director
    “Be Healed!”
    Music is great medicine for the body, soul and mind. Come fill your prescription and get a good dose of Gospel music that heals hurts, suffering and pain.
  • Wednesday, April 4, 12pm, Campanile (Sather Tower)
    D. Mark Wilson, director

    Gospel Choir and Carillon mark 50 years since MLK’s death

    The UC Berkeley Department of Music will honor the 50-year mark of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination on April 4, 2018 with performances by student carillonist Leslie Chan and the University Gospel Chorus directed by D. Mark Wilson.

  • Friday, April 13, 8pm, Hertz Hall
    D. Mark Wilson, director
    “Where Is the Love?: Gospel Music and Bringing Down Walls that Divide” an evening of music that creates a space of acceptance, warmth, community and love through Gospel songs, with student performances that reflect upon current events of building walls and creating division.

Fall 2017

  • Saturday, November 18, 8pm, Hertz Hall
    D. Mark Wilson, director
    “Family Reunion: Celebrating 10 years with Dr. D. Mark Wilson”
    Since the Black Consciousness Movement of the 1970s, Gospel Music has been made on the UCB campus and this year, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Dr. D. Mark Wilson’s leadership of this extraordinary ensemble in the UCB Music Department. Join us for a Family Reunion, as we walk down memory lane and reconnect with former Chorus members who will join us for an evening of singing and reminiscing.
  • Wednesday, November 1, 12pm, Hertz Hall

    D. Mark Wilson, director
    “Singing with the Saints: An Interpretation of Dia De Los Muertos in Gospel Songs”
    With this week’s recognition of the Day of the Dead and Halloween, The UCB Gospel Chorus shares a concert of gospel music recognizing saints, ancestors, and divine beings like angels whose memories and music bring strength to everyday life.
    You are invited not only to sing with those you call saints, but also to walk the “Second Line” in the New Orleans tradition of singing “O When the Saints Go Marching In.”
    Wednesday, November 1, 12pm, Hertz Hall

    Fall Choral Collage
    Come enjoy selections from a variety of Choral masterpieces and styles spanning the past 400 years. Directors Nackley and Salomen lead the University and Chamber choruses in addition to performances from P5 and the University Gospel Chorus.

Spring 2017

  • Wednesday, April 25, 12pm, Hertz Hall
    University Chorus and Gospel Chorus “Praise and Protest”
    University Chorus and Gospel Chorus
    “Praise and Protest”
    Spirituals and songs about peace, hope, and resistance.
  • Friday, April 14, 8pm, Hertz Hall
    D. Mark Wilson, director

    Gospel Choir and Carillon mark 50 years since MLK’s death

    The UC Berkeley Department of Music will honor the 50-year mark of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination on April 4, 2018 with performances by student carillonist Leslie Chan and the University Gospel Chorus directed by D. Mark Wilson.

  • Wednesday, March 8, 12pm, Campanile (Sather Tower)
    D. Mark Wilson, director
    “One More River to Cross: Water Metaphors in Gospel Music”
    Join the UC Berkeley Gospel Chorus for an afternoon of gospel music highlighting the importance of water as a symbol and metaphor for finding places of freedom, justice and peace

Fall 2015

  • Wednesday, November 18, 12:15-1pm, Hertz Hall
    University Gospel Chorus: “Fire in My Bones!”: 63rd Annual Noon Concert Series
    D. Mark Wilson, director
    Songs that are limited to a music score or to notes on a page have very little life and meaning if they are not embodied in the hearts and bodies of the singers and listeners. Join us for an afternoon of “bodywork” in a celebration of gospel music that moves, excites, enthuses and liberates the heart, body, mind and soul, even in an academic setting.
  • Friday, December 4, 7:30pm-9:30pm, Hertz Hall
    University Gospel Chorus: Thanksgiving Tribute to Gospel Legend Andre Crouch
    “Remembering Andre – A Thanksgiving Tribute to Gospel Legend Andre Crouch”
    D. Mark Wilson, director
    Often identified as the father of the modern and contemporary gospel music, this post-Thanksgiving concert pays tribute to this musical genius whose genre of modern and contemporary gospel will continue on even after his passing earlier this year in January 2015.

Spring 2014

  • Friday, April 18, 7:30pm, Hertz Hall
    Willis Kirk, Easter Jazz Oratorio
    D. Mark Wilson, director
    The University Gospel Chorus, directed by D. Mark Wilson, performs excerpts from Kirk’s sacred jazz/gospel composition, with the accompaniment of Bay Area big band leader, David Hardiman Sr., members of his San Francisco Allstar Band, and student jazz artists.
  • Wednesday, May 7, 3pm, Hertz Hall
    Noon Concert: University Gospel Chorus
    D. Mark Wilson, director
    The UC Berkeley Gospel Chorus features an afternoon of some of the most popular praise songs in the shift of Gospel music from traditional to contemporary.

Fall 2013

  • Saturday, April 28, 3pm, Hertz Hall
    “The Old Time Gospel Radio Hour”
    Commemorating Gospel radio choirs, Gospel musicians and special guest Gospel deejays who popularized Gospel Music through the use of media and religious public broadcast networks.

Spring 2013

  • Wednesday, March 6, 12:15pm, Hertz Hall
    “The Hills Are Alive With the Sounds of Gospel”
    African American spiritual and Gospel tradition celebrates nature’s awakening, anticipating spring.

Spring 2012

  • Wednesday, February 29, 12:15pm, Hertz Hall
    Old Songs in New Clothes: The University Gospel Chorus (D. Mark Wilson, director), sings old hymns given new life and meaning in contemporary compositions by African American composers
  • Saturday, April 14, 8pm, Hertz Hall
    Come Sunday: Jazz Improvisation in Gospel Songs – Experience the spirit of gospel & jazz improvisations as gospel meets jazz and big band in this performance of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert (excerpts), with guest artists from UC and the community
  • Saturday, April 21, 10:30am-4pm, Hertz Hall
    Cal Day Performances

Fall 2011

  • Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 12:15pm, Hertz Hall
    Another Day’s Journey
    Brighten up your afternoon, bring light to your day’s journey, and allow yourself to be swept away by the inspiring voices of the University Gospel Chorus.
  • Friday, November 18, 2011, 8pm, Hertz Hall
    The Many Moods of Thanks
    The tastes of Thanksgiving and the sounds of holiday music are around the corner. Come share in creating an atmosphere of gratitude with the varied international, multicultural, and multiracial voices of the Gospel Chorus.

Spring 2011

  • Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 12:15pm, Hertz Hall
    Gospel from the Windy City: Celebrating the Chicago Style
    An afternoon of music from “sweet home” Chicago, the home place of gospel music.
  • Friday, April 15, 2011, 8pm, Hertz Hall
    Robert Ray: The Gospel Mass
    With special performances by local gospel organists, celebrating our recently donated Hammond organ.

Fall 2010

  • Saturday, October 16, 2010, 7:30pm, Hertz Hall
    Goin’ Up Yonder Hawkins’ Fest: A Memoriam for Bishop Walter Hawkins
  • Sunday, November 21, 2010, 7:30pm, Hertz Hall
    Still Have Joy! Thanksgiving Songs in a Strange Land

Spring 2009

  • Saturday, February 21, 8pm, Hertz Hall
    Music Down Deep in My Soul: A Musical Celebration of African American Spirituals and Gospel Songs University Symphony Orchestra, D. Mark Wilson, director
    with guest chorus Cantare Con Vivo, David Morales, director

Fall 2008

  • Wednesday, October 15, 12:15pm, Hertz Hall
    Great & Glorious Song—A Thanksgiving Celebration of the Gospel Anthem
    Featuring long time favorite gospel anthems like “Let Mt. Zion Rejoice”, “Magnify the Lord,” and “Listen to the Lambs,” as well as contemporary gospel songs influenced by the anthem tradition, in the music of Tramaine Hawkins and Richard Smallwood
  • Friday, November 14, 12:15pm, Hertz Hall
    Oh Give Thanks! A Prelude to Thanksgiving
  • Friday, November 21, 8pm
    Great & Glorious Song—A Thanksgiving Celebration of the Gospel Anthem
    With guest soloist Angela Arnold, soprano

Spring 2008

  • Sunday, February 24, Hertz Hall
    Gospel Roots: A Musical Celebration of African-American History, with a special tribute to Bay Area legendary gospel artist Dr. Helen J. H. Stephens, of the Gospel Music Workshop of America.
    Additional performance March 15 at Orinda Community Church