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.

Our concerts are open to the public and generally begin at 8:00 pm (Sunday concerts usually start at 7:00 pm) but please check the individual concert listing for the exact time. Our doors usually open about an hour before show time.

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PAST CONCERTS: Our Concert Series presents an eclectic mix of musical genres and artists; to see a list of past concerts click here.

Note: Upcoming concerts are listed here in chronological order.
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                    Victor Romasevich    Michael Jones                                                   Stephen Levintow     Paul Rhodes

                                  Lena Lubotsky                                Larry London                              Steven Dibner

The Jupiter Chamber Ensemble & Friends

Saturday 7 May 2016 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 pleased to bring one of our favorite string ensembles, the Jupiter Chamber Ensemble, back to our Concert Series. For this performance they will be accompanied by a group of virtuoso players in a program including Mozart's famous Clarinet Quintet in A Major (one of the most admired of the composer's works) as well as works from Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, London, and Iosif and Arshak Andriasov. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.

The Jupiter Chamber Ensemble are:
     Victor Romasevich & Michael Jones
- violins
     Stephen Levintow - viola
     Paul Rhodes - cello

and Jupiter's Friends are:
     Lena Lubotsky
- piano
     Lawrence London - clarinet
     Steven Dibner
- bassoon

The Program:

    Scherzo from String Quartet No. 2, Op. 22                           - Pytor Tchaikovsky

    Musical Sketch for Violin and Piano, Op. 4C                        - Iosif Andriasov *
    Musical Sketch for Bassoon and Piano, Op. 24A
    Andante for Violin and Piano

    "Dynamo Quintet" for Clarinet and String Quartet             - Lawrence London

    String Quartet, Op.1                                                                   - Iosif Andriasov *

    "16 Themes in 16 Measures" for Solo Clarinet, Op. 16    - Arshak Andriasov *
    (Themes 2, 8, 9, 11)

    "Reverie Orientale" for Clarinet and String Quartet          - Alexandre Glazunov

    Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet, K. 581                   - W.A. Mozart

*For information about composer and philosopher Iosif Andriasov and composer Arshak Andriasov,
please visit www.andriasovstore.com  © Marta Andriasova (Kudryashova)

The Artists:

In 1997, two veteran freelancers, violinist Michael Jones and Juilliard-trained violist Steve Levintow, recruited BBC Orchestra violinist Andrew Davies and cellist Paul Hale of the Oakland Symphony to found the Jupiter Chamber Players. The group had the good fortune to connect with Marvin Sanders, director of Live Oak Concerts at the Berkeley Art Center, just as the Center's previous ensemble-in-residence, the Cypress Quartet, left to launch their international career. The Art Center remained the Jupiter's "home" venue for 10 years. Paul Rhodes replaced Hale in 2000, bringing his years of experience in numerous orchestras and as soloist with the Carmel Bach Festival. Two years later, Davies left to pursue other projects, and San Francisco Symphony member Victor Romasevich took over as first violinist. Romasevich brought deep fascination with Russian chamber music, including masterworks by such composers as Sergei Taneyev, Georgy Catoire, and Iosif Andriasov (with whom Romasevich studied violin and viola) - all links in a tradition going back to Tchaikovsky through the Moscow Conservatory. The Jupiter Chamber Players take pleasure in introducing wider audiences to the work of these composers,  while continuing also to present more familiar Russian and European repertoire.

Lena Lubotsky was born in Moscow, USSR, where she studied piano with professor Konstantin Igumnov and Tamara Bobovich at the Central Musical School, and later graduated from the department of musicology of the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory. She has taught piano, music theory, music history and ear training at various music schools in Russia and USA where she has lived since 1977. Ms. Lubotsky has also performed as choral accompanist and chamber music partner with many vocalists and instrumentalists, including her son, Victor Romasevich.

Larry London did his undergraduate work at Harvard and earned a Master's degree in composition at Mills College. He studied with Darius Milhaud, Terry Riley and Lou Harrison. He has played clarinet in all of the Bay Area's professional orchestras. He teaches music at Ohlone and Merritt Colleges. His compositions have been performed at the Aspen and Cabrillo Music Festivals, by the Oakland Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony chamber series. Larry London has contributed as a composer, arranger or performer to over fifty films. He composed the music for Isamu Noguchi: Stones and Paper, an American Masters documentary film, recognized as Best Portrait at the Montreal International Festival of Films in 1998. He wrote music for Poumy, A Bridge of Books, and Four Films About Love in 2002 for New Jewish Film Projects. He wrote music for Drawing From Memory: Joann Sfar, a documentary film for French Public Television.

Steven Dibner is a native of Michigan and began his career as a violinist, actor and singer. He began serious study of the bassoon with Leonard Sharrow at Indiana University, where he attained degrees in music, French/Italian and a Performer's Certificate, and with Stephen Maxym at The Juilliard School, obtaining an M.M. Dibner served as principal bassoonist of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra from 1978 to 1983, during which time he maintained a busy freelance career performing with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the New York Chamber Soloists and Parnassus. He has regularly appeared as a bassoon soloist and chamber musician with San Diego's Mainly Mozart Festival, as well as the San Francisco Symphony. He has performed chamber music at leading festivals around the world, including those of Salzburg, Lucerne, Spoleto, Marlboro, Mostly Mozart (NYC), Caramoor and Aspen. Dibner also presents solo appearances for sick and disadvantaged people in the San Francisco Bay Area through the organization Bread and Roses.

              Jeremy Constant                                      Polina Sedukh                                    Adam Smyla                                                  Amos Yang

Sun Valley Players

Beethoven's String Quartet No. 13 in Bb Major, Op. 130

Sunday 22 May 2016 at 7:00pm
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 host the return of the Sun Valley Players, an ensemble of virtuoso musicians, to our Concert Series. They will be performing one of Beethoven's Late Quartets, along with another piece to be announced.  And there's a secret ... this super-group are performing in maschera  - in real life they are all mild-mannered members of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra!  Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.

The Sun Valley Playerst are:
     Jeremy Constant
- violin
     Polina Sedukh - violin
     Adam Smyla - viola
     Amos Yang - cello

The Concert:

In the last several years of his life, Beethoven created a series of six string quartets of surpassing beauty, subtlety, and sophistication. These pieces have become known as the "Late Quartets." At the time of their composition, however, Beethoven's contemporaries didn't know what to make of them; one commented that "we know there is something there, but we do not know what it is." Composer and conductor Louis Spohr called them "indecipherable, uncorrected horrors." Since that time, however, these works have become revered by generations musicians, scholars, and listeners alike. For this concert the Sun Valley Players will be performing Beethoven's String Quartet No. 13 in Bb Major, Opus 130,

The Program:

(piece to be announced)

String Quartet No. 13 in Bb Major, Op. 130, 
Ludwig van Beethoven
    1. Adagio, ma non troppo - Allegro
    2. Presto
    3. Andante con moto, ma non troppo. Poco scherzoso
    4. Alla danza tedesca. Allegro assai
    5. Cavatina. Adagio molto espressivo
    6. Finale: Allegre

The Artists:

After winning the Grand Prize in the 1979 Du Maurier competition in Canada, violinist Jeremy Constant studied in New York with Ivan Galamian and then with the great violinist Itzhak Perlman before making the San Francisco Bay Area his home. He became a member of the San Francisco Symphony in 1984, with whom he continues to perform as Assistant Concertmaster. He has been Concertmaster of the Marin Symphony since 1994 and in 2000 was named Concertmaster of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. He is a frequent soloist with the orchestra and participant in the Edgar M. Bronfman Chamber Series. As an active soloist and chamber musician both here and abroad, Jeremy has performed on radio and television around the world. He was violinist in the San Francisco Piano Trio, and a founding member of the Navarro Trio and Navarro Quartet. He can be heard as Assistant Concertmaster on Grammy Award winning releases such as the continuing Mahler cycle by the San Francisco Symphony and can been seen on their ongoing television project Keeping Score. Jeremy plays the ex-Heberlein Stradivarius from the year 1700, which was donated to the San Francisco Symphony for his exclusive use. Residing in Oakland with his wife Sharon, Jeremy is a pilot who took over 7 years to build a plane which he currently enjoys flying.

Born to a family of musicians in St. Petersburg, Russia, Polina Sedukh began studying violin at the age of four, her first teachers being her father Grigory Sedukh and Savely Shalman. She is a graduate of Special Music School of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, and the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory, where she studied under the guidance of Lev Ivaschenko and Vladimir Ovtcharek. She also holds Artist Diploma from Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA, where she studied with Laura Bossert and Malcolm Lowe. Prizewinner of the International Spohr Competition in Weimar, Germany, Ms. Sedukh made her solo orchestral debut at the age of seven with the Chamber Orchestra of Liepaya, Latvia and has since appeared as soloist with St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, Boston Virtuosi Orchestra, St.Petersburg Capella Symphony Orchestra, Newton Symphony Orchestra and Weimer State Capella Orchestra. Following her passion for symphonic music, Ms. Sedukh pursued career in major American orchestras, presently being a member of 2nd violin section of San Francisco Symphony since 2009, and having previously served as a member of Boston Symphony Orchestra from 2004 to 2007.

At age 17, violist Adam Smyla won the first prize at the National Viola Competition in his native Poland. Within six months, he became the youngest member of the Polish National Radio and Television Orchestra and was invited to join the Penderecki String Quartet with whom he toured throughout the world for nearly a decade. Adam was Assistant Principal Violist of the Chicago Lyric Opera and Principal Violist of the Concertanti di Chicago before becoming a member of the San Francisco Symphony in 2000. Adam appears frequently in chamber music concerts throughout the Bay Area, often in collaboration with his wife, pianist Edna Koren.

Amos Yang is the Assistant Principal cellist for the San Francisco Symphony. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., the Far East and Europe. He has also collaborated in chamber music with the Ying Quartet, the Turtle Island String Quartet, pianists Ann Schein and Melvin Chen, violinist Earl Carlyss and composer Bright Sheng. Yang’s awards include the Performer’s Certificate at Eastman School of Music and first prizes in the American String Teacher’s Association and Grace Vamos competitions. He was finalist in the Pierre Fournier International Cello Competition and was awarded the CD Jackson Prize at the Tanglewood Music Festival for outstanding musical contribution. As cellist of the Maia String Quartet from 1996-2002, Yang was involved in many educational programs, performing throughout the country for schools under the auspices of such organizations as Arts Excel, Young Audiences Inc. and the Midori Foundation. During this time he also served on the faculties of the Peabody Conservatory, the University of Iowa, Grinnell College and the Interlochen Advanced String Quartet Institute. Yang holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School of Music. Before joining the San Francisco Symphony, Yang was a member of the Seattle Symphony, maintaining a private teaching studio as well as cultivating an active solo and chamber music life. Born and raised in San Francisco, he was a member of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and San Francisco Boys Choir.

New Esterházy Quartet
From Bohemia's Fields & Groves
Music by Dvořák and Smetana

Friday 27 May 2016 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 - violins
Anthony Martin - viola
William Skeen
- 'cello

About the program:

Bedřich Smetana and Antonin Dvořák were the first Czech composers to achieve world recognition. Both drew inspiration from the folk music and rhythms of their native land. Smetana is considered the father of modern Czech music, particularly its opera, and Dvořák followed in his footsteps with a prodigious creative output. This evening's concert will feature quartets from each, including Smetana's rarely performed Quartet number 2 in D minor.

The Program:

Quartet No. 11 in C, Op. 61 (1881)                Antonin Dvořák (1841–1904)
    1.  Allegro
    2. Poco adagio e molto cantabile
    3. Scherzo: Allegro vivo
    4. Finale: Vivace

Quartet No. 2 in D minor (1882)                    Bedřich Smetana (1824–1884)
    1.  Allegro
    2., Allegro moderato
    3. Allegro non più moderato, ma agitato e con fuoco
    4.  Finale: Presto

Two Waltzes, Op. 54, No. 1 & 4 (1880)         Antonin Dvořák  
      Allegro vivace

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.