Hillside Club Concert Series


Welcome to The Berkeley Hillside Club Concert Series. Our goal is to provide a superb venue for musicians and listeners to experience the joy of live music performance. Come join us in our historic and acoustically excellent hall and see why artists and audiences are raving about our Concert Series.

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                           Alessandro Penezzi                                                                                    Jane Lenoir

Alessandro Penezzi, Jane Lenoir & Friends
In Concert

Sunday 27 August 2017 at 3:00pm

Admission: $20 general, $15 students & seniors, $10 Hillside Club members
The Berkeley Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street
Berkeley 94709
Info: 510-845-1350

(PLEASE NOTE: This is a matinee concert!)

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to present the brilliant São Paulo guitarist and composer Alessandro Penezzi, flutist Jane Lenoir, and friends in a concert celebrating the release of Jane's new CD, "Jane Lenoir plays Penezzi." The concert will feature Penezzi's original compositions. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.

The artists:
    Alessandro Penezzi
- guitar
    Jane Lenoir - flute
    Brian Rice - pandiero
    others tba

About the Concert:

Every year in late summer in Cazadero, CA, a unique, weeks-long musical retreat called "Brazil Camp" draws top musicians from Brazil and around the world to perform, share, teach, learn and enjoy the wide variety of musical forms of Brazil; forms like choro, baião, maxixe, waltz, lullaby, chamamé and more. This year we are extremely fortunate to be able to "borrow" one of the Camp's star faculty, the renowned Brazilian guitarist and composer, Alessandro Penezzi, to perform for us. Performing with Penezzi will be virtuoso flutist, Jane Lenoir, whose new CD features Penezzi's original compositions. Joining these two remarkable artists will be another member of the Brazil Camp faculty, Brian Rice, on pandiero. And we wouldn't be surprised if other talented players joined in the fun!


About the Artists:


Considered one of the great Brazilian guitarists of his generation, composer, arranger and guitarist Allesandro Penezzi was born in Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil. He began his musical studies at seven years old. A multiinstrumentalist, Alessandro plays 7-string guitar, tenor guitar, cavaquinho, mandolin and flute. Alessandro has recorded over 20 CD’s of music, and has performed with many of the great Brazilians musicians: Yamandú Costa, Rogério Caetano, Sizão Machado, Alex Buck, Alexandre Ribeiro and Nailor Azevedo "Proveta". He also played with Dominguinhos, Hermeto Pascoal, Zimbo Trio, Beth Carvalho, Sílvio Caldas, Billy Blanco, Alaíde Costa, D. Ivone Lara and the Symphonic Jazz orchestras of São Paulo and London Symphony. He has taught at California Brazil Camp since 2010, and is building a following in the US as one of the great virtuosos and composers in Brazilian popular music today.


Flutist Jane Lenoir grew up in Tampa, Florida and was trained classically at Interlochen Arts Academy and Oberlin Conservatory. She moves comfortably between several genres, including classical music, new music, improvisation, jazz, latin music, Brazilian music and early music and appears regularly as a soloist, chamber player, orchestral musician, and jazz performer. She is the founder and flutist with Berkeley Choro Ensemble and Co-Director of the Berkeley Festival of Choro. She is artistic director of a new series in Albany in 2017, Third Sunday Concerts at St. Alban’s Church, which is celebrates many local outstanding groups in jazz, world music, latin and classical styles. Attracted to choro music through the inspiration of her sister Annie Lenoir and the great Rio-based clarinetist Paulo Sergio Santos, she has been playing Brazilian music for 10 years.



there will be much more great music in our Series over the coming weeks and months:

Fri 8 Sep -
Duo Violão Brasil w/ Berkeley Choro Ensemble - Brazilian

Fri 22 Sep - New Esterházy Quartet - string quartet

Fri 13 Oct - Elaine Kreston & Friends - chamber music

Fri 27 Oct - Clarinet Thing - jazz

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