Alameda Sings joins Big Sing California

On Saturday, July 21, 20 members of the Alameda Recreation and Park Department’s “Alameda Sings” traveled to Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall to join five other California cities and participate in the “Big Sing California” event. Thousands of singers from San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside, Fresno, Sacramento and the Bay Area sang together via television broadcasting. 

Directions emanated from Los Angeles, but we could follow the various talented directors on a large screen together with the lyrics. In addition, Big Sing livestreamed the event on its website to listeners around the world. 

More than 1,000 singers registered to join the performance at Zellerbach Hall, but taken all together more than 10,000 joined from throughout the state. Songs included “Hey Jude” and “This Little Light of Mine” as well as recent compositions by Eric Whitacre and and Morten Lauridsen.

It was a joyful occasion and we are hopeful this will be an annual event. Nothing makes singers happier than to sing!


Gretchen Lipow (soprano)