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Past Performances, University Gospel Chorus

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