Education & Outreach
We host educational opportunities for local youth through partnerships with Olivet Boys and Girls Club Pal Center for the Arts and our exclusive BOAST and BOOT programs. Learn more.
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Berks Opera brings arts and entertainment out to the community with engaging and creative concerts and performances! Learn more.
Berks Opera Company receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Since 2008, Berks Opera Company has been connecting the Berks County region with the power of opera and the positive impact of the arts on our local community by advancing the development of young singers and by cultivating astute, appreciative, and adventurous audiences.
To all friends of Berks Opera Company:
Berks Opera Company, like all the arts organizations, continues to feel the effect of the Covid 19 pandemic. We continue to monitor the situation, including the change in the Governor’s guidelines from Red to Yellow for Berks County. Although the lightening of restrictions is deeply welcome to local businesses, our activities continue to be restricted by the official guidelines. Our normal performances would not be allowed, as gatherings of more than 25 are still prohibited, and restaurants can still only offer curb-side service.
We have not yet formally scheduled any specific events for the coming months, although we have a tentative date in late August, for an outdoor concert of arias, show tunes, etc. We are also exploring other ideas for late summer outdoor events, perhaps at a drive-in movie, or some similar venue.
It is our understanding of the current guidelines that as of today these events would not be permitted, as they would – hopefully – attract a crowd of over 25 people. However, we are hopeful that as the summer progresses, the Covid-19 pandemic may relent to the point that would allow us to present these low-impact events.
Here’s what we ARE doing:
• We produced our on-line tribute to Jeri Kozloff, our beloved friend, former board president, and volunteer, with a beautiful selection sung by Jeremy Galyon, which can be seen on our May 21st Facebook post.
• We began offering musical selections recorded by our artists, the first of which, 𝑵𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒖𝒏 𝑫𝒐𝒓𝒎𝒂, sung by Patrick Marques, which can be seen on the our June 3rd Facebook post.
• We will continue our E-blasts to our mailing list, pointing them to the many Berks Opera videos available on YouTube, thanks to BCTV.
• We are gradually converting some of our Unleashing Your Inner Opera Fan presentations to video form, to be made available on YouTube. The first one, “What’s an Opera” is already live.
• 𝑴𝒂𝒈𝒊𝒄 𝑭𝒍𝒖𝒕𝒆 remains on the books for Summer 2021
We have deliberately not asked our supporters for money in this crisis. To be blunt, we don’t need it at all right now, and other organizations with fixed expenses need it desperately. Indeed, we urge you to support those other organizations at the moment,
We will keep in touch, and meantime stay well, stay safe and act wisely.
President, Berks Opera Company
June 8, 2020
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Check out our YouTube page for our BCTV Program Archive!
Basso Jeremy Galyon, who has sung in many of Berks Opera performances, has offered a performance in Jeri’s memory of An die Musik, by Franz Shubert, a song dedicated to the art of music itself.
Gracious art, in how many bleak hours,
And amid life’s wild confusion,
Have you warmed my heart with love,
And transported me to a better world!
Often a sigh from your harp,
A sweet, holy sound,
Has opened a heaven of happier times for me.
Gracious art, I thank you!
Jeri’s love and appreciation for music extended also to chamber music. Donations in her memory may be mailed to The Friends of Chamber Music of Reading, Inc., P.O. Box 15205, Reading, PA 19612 or made via their website.
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