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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New Esterházy Quartet
Summer Strings Festival
Beethoven:
The Complete Late Quartets

Wednesday 26 August 2015 at 8:00pm

Friday 28 August 2015 at 8:00pm
Sunday 30 August 2015 at 4:00pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club is proud to present a very special series of concerts featuring the New Esterházy Quartet performing all six of Beethoven's famous "Late Quartets." 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 & Lisa Weiss - violins
Anthony Martin - viola
William Skeen - 'cello



The Concerts:

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 of musicians, scholars, and listeners alike. We are delighted to have our Ensemble in Residence bring this remarkable cycle of music to life in a late summer celebration.


The Programs:


Ludwig van Beethoven  

Wednesday 26 August 2015 at 8:00pm
    String Quartet No. 12 in E-flat major, Op.127:
    String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major, Op. 130


Friday 28 August 2015 at 8:00pm
    String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op.135
    String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op.132


Sunday 30 August 2015 at 4:00pm

    String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op.131
    Große Fuge in B-flat major for string quartet, Op.133


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.