Hillside Club Concert Series

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  Olga Ortenberg-Rakitchenkov                Arcadi Serper                     Sergey Rakitchenkov                       Dawn Walker

The Melodiya Chamber Ensemble
"Romance and Passion from France and Germany"

Friday 26 February 2016 at 8:00p
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 welcome the Melodiya Chamber Ensemble to our Concert Series stage. This unique trio of virtuoso players, along with a special guest artist, will be performing wonderful selections from the French and German classical repertoires spanning two centuries. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.

The Melodiya Chamber Ensemble are:
    Olga Ortenberg-Rakitchenkov
- harp
    Arcadi Serper
- piano
    Sergey Rakitchenkov
- viola

with special guest artist:
    Dawn Walker
- flute

The Program:

   Sonate for Flute ,Viola and Harp - Claude Debussy
   Romance,op.37 - Camille Saint-Saens
   En Bateau - Claude Debussy
   Petite suite for Flute, Viola and Harp - Andre Jolivet
   Romance,op.50 in F - Ludwig van Beethoven
   Sonate for Viola and Piano,op.120 No.1 - Johannes Brahms

The Ensemble

The Melodiya Chamber Ensemble have performed in the Bay Area for 25 years. Its regular members are Olga Rakitchenkov, Principal Harp in the San Francisco Opera, virtuoso pianist Aracadi Serper, and Sergey Rakitchenkov, Associate Principal Viola in the San Francisco Opera. Joining Melodiya for this performance will be Dawn Walker, Principal Flute of the Monterey Symphony and a member of the Carmel Bach Festival orchestra.

The Artists:

The San Francisco Opera Orchestra’s Principal Harp Olga Ortenberg-Rakitchenkov was born in Russia into a family rich in musical tradition. Her mother was an editor of Musica, a major Russian publishing company, and her granduncle was a member of the Budapest Quartet. The former Associate Concertmaster of the San Francisco Opera, Adolf Bruk, is her uncle. Olga started piano lessons at seven at Moscow’s Gnesin School for Musically Gifted Children. At eleven, she began to study harp in the class of Mark Rubin, making it her primary instrument. She graduated with Highest Honors from Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory, studying with Professor Vera Dulova. Olga won the position of Associate Principal Harp in the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra in 1973 and was promoted to Principal. In 1989, after immigration to the United States, she won the position of Principal Harp for the San Francisco Opera Orchestra.

Arkadi Serper is a prominent pianist and composer. He had an outstanding career as Musical Director of the Musical Theater Department at the Gnesin Conservatory prior to his move to the Bay Area in 1992. Mr. Serper has performed in Europe, the United States, and Asia. His compositions have been performed by the Stockton Symphony, Vallejo Symphony, Kairos Youth Choir, The Crowden School, and the San Francisco Boys’ Chorus. He has been a member of the Crowden faculty since 1992, coaching chamber music and teaching music theory and composition. Mr. Serper teaches piano at CCMC.

Associate Principal Viola in the San Francisco Opera, Sergey Rakitchenkov was born in Moscow and attended the Central School for Musically Gifted Children. He graduated with honors from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music in Moscow, where he studied with Fyodor Druzhinin. For fifteen years he performed with the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, rising to become Principal of the viola section. In 1980 he won the prestigious All-Union Musical Competition. His playing was broadcast on a major Soviet Union radio station. In 1987, soon after arriving in the United States with his wife Olga and daughter Liza, he won a position in the viola section of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, where he currently serves in the Associate Principal chair. He also performs at special events around the San Francisco Bay Area and in Europe.

Dawn Walker is Principal Flute of the Monterey Symphony and a member of the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra.  She has performed with the San Francisco Opera and Ballet orchestras for more than 20 years.  Ms. Walker toured the United States for two years as principal flute with the SF Opera’s touring ensemble, the Western Opera Orchestra.  She has been a featured soloist with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, the Monterey Symphony and the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra.  She received her Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory with distinction in performance.  She studied with Frances Blaisdell, Claude Monteux, John Heiss and attended masterclasses with Julius Baker and Keith Underwood.   In December 2015 she released a CD with harpist Olga Rakitchenkov called "Lyric Flute and Harp Musical Offerings" available on iTunes and Amazon.

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.