Thursday, February 21, 2008

St. Mark's, Berkley

The first Mission-Revival building in California, 1904, this lovely church is across the street the UC Berkley campus and is a lively place. Charming architecture, a v. nice Flentrop organ, great acoustics, some beautiful details and stained glass, and a v. welcoming Music Director and Rector

The high ceiling is supported by elegant beams, the facade pipes of the organ are flamed copper, the Sanctuary with its exquisite altar is placed behind an intricately carved screen, and the choir sings from a very advantageous acoustical location. And, ecco, the two Maestri: George Emblom (St. Mark's Music Director & Organist) and Richard Clemmitt!

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