Hillside Club Concert Series

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New Esterházy Quartet
At The Opera II

Friday 27 November 2015 at 8:00pm
Admission: $20 general, $15 students & seniors, $10 Hillside Club members
The Berkeley Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street
Berkeley 94709
Info: 510-845-1350

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to present the New Esterházy Quartet in the second program of their 2015-2016 new season. The artists of this celebrated San Francisco Bay Area string ensemble are internationally-known period instrument and chamber music specialists, and have gained a well-deserved reputation for virtuoso playing and interesting programs. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.

The Artists:

Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss - violin
David Wilson - viola *
William Skeen
- 'cello
(*for this performance David Wilson replaces Anthony Martin)

About the program:

In November, the NEQ will return to one of its favorite pastimes - exploring the lyricism and drama of operatic music in string quartet versions. This time, they concentrate on two treatments of Don Giovanni, one which you may find quite familiar, the other almost completely unknown. But as it happens, the story of Don Juan did not attract only Mozart's attention in 1787 - Giuseppe Gazzaniga's version also came out that same year. We hope you will enjoy returning to some music you know well, and finding out about another approach to this timeless story at our concerts this month.

You may recall that NEQ violist Anthony Martin was sidelined for our last concert, and he is still recuperating. This concert will include their friend and colleague David Wilson on viola. 

The Program:

Excerpts from Don Giovanni Tenorio (1787)  -  Giuseppe Gazzaniga (1743-1818)
    arranged for string quartet by William Skeen

Excerpts from Don Giovanni—Il dissoluto punito (1787)  -  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    anonymous late 18th century arrangement for string quartet

The Ensemble:

Founded in 2006 and currently in its eighth year of subscription concerts in San Francisco, Berkeley and Palo Alto, the New Esterházy Quartet continues to present masterworks of the classical period alongside intriguing works from less-familiar composers. With Haydn's 68 quartets as its core repertoire, NEQ is increasingly recognized as one of the world's top period-instrument string quartets. The ensemble has been presented by the San Francisco Early Music Society, Arizona Early Music Society, Carmel Chamber Music Society, has performed in New York and Los Angeles, and appeared as a Main Stage event for the 2012 Berkeley Festival & Exhibition. NEQ was also selected for Early Music America's Touring Artists Roster and has received two grants from the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. Recent seasons have featured works by pupils and admirers of Haydn, late quartets of Schubert and Beethoven, and novel explorations of early Bartók and Schoenberg. January 2014 saw the world premiere of Esterházy, book II, written for the ensemble by noted New York composer Paul Brantley. NEQ's 2014 summer project was the complete Mozart "Haydn" Quartets, performed at Berkeley's historic Hillside Club in a three-concert Amadè-Athon. The coming season will include an appearance on Pittsburgh's prestigious "Renaissance and Baroque" series in January and a summer cycle of the late Beethoven quartets. Four Haydn recordings are currently available, and a world premiere recording of a mid-19th century string quartet by Hungarian composer Imre Székely is near release.

The members of NEQ are internationally-known period-instrument and chamber music specialists: Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss, violins, violist Anthony Martin, and cellist William Skeen. As individuals, the players have performed and recorded in the top echelon of early music ensembles worldwide. In addition to many years of musical collaboration in Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, and a long list of renowned chamber ensembles, these four Bay Area musicians have enjoyed decades of friendship and shared experience. Their history as both colleagues and friends endows the quartet with an unusual commonality of musical language and gesture, and provides a strong foundation for a unique and original ensemble voice. In addition to concert appearances, NEQ enjoys performing in private homes and other intimate settings where the traditional experience of true chamber music is renewed and shared by players and listeners together.

there will be lots more great music coming up over the coming weeks and months:

...and we'll post more info here as it becomes available.