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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The Jupiter Chamber Players
play Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven
Sunday 9 March 2014 at 7:00pm
The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to welcome one of our favorite string ensembles, the Jupiter Chamber Players, back to our Concert Series. They will be performing three wonderful quartets by Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.
The Jupiter Chamber Players are:
Victor Romasevich & Michael Jones - violins
Stephen Levintow - viola
Paul Rhodes - cello
String Quartet Op.50 No.6 in D Major (1787) - Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Finale. Allegro con spirito
String Quartet K.421 in D minor (1783) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Allegretto ma non troppo
String Quartet Op.127 in E flat Major (1825) - Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Adagio, ma non troppo e molto cantabile
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.
The Erik Jekabson Quartet
with special guest John Santos
Saturday 15 March 2014 at 8:00pm
Admission $15 ($10 for HSC members and seniors)
The Berkeley Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street
The Berkeley Hillside Club is pleased to present an ensemble of virtuoso jazz artists familiar to our audiences. Trumpeter Erik Jekabson performed with this group at the Club in November of 2011, and we recorded the concert. The performance and the recording turned out so well that Erik decided to release it commercially; this concert will be it's formal debut. Don't miss these stellar players performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.
Erik Jekabson and his quartet re-join John Santos to celebrate the release of their new CD: "Live at the Hillside Club", at the place where it all started. The band plays Erik's original music and arrangements, which include music influenced by Latin Jazz, Funk, New Orleans music, and Classical music. Expect an evening that goes from deep grooves to gentle bosses, all with subtle sonic explorations, anchored by John Santos' amazing array of sounds and uncanny ability to fit them into the perfect spots.
Erik Jekabson - trumpet
Grant Levin - piano
John Wiitala - bass
Smith Dobson - drums
John Santos - percussion
Erik Jekabson is a trumpet player, composer and educator living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is equally busy playing and composing for different bands, leading his own groups and teaching a wide variety of students. Erik has three CDs out under his own name: his most recent solo album “Anti-Mass”, released in 2012 on his own Jekab’s Music label, “Crescent Boulevard” (also on Jekab’s Music) and “Intersection”, which was recorded in New York in 2002 and released on the Fresh Sound/New Talent label. Erik also co-produced and played on two other recordings which are widely available: “Vista: the Arrival” and “New World Funk Ensemble”, and has recorded as a sideman on over 25 other jazz recordings, as well as doing session work in many other genres of music and on movie and video game soundtracks. He’s spent time on the road with Illinois Jacquet, John Mayer, Galactic, and the Howard Fishman Quartet, and has performed at such notable venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Algonquin Room, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Madison Square Garden, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman.
Five-time Grammy-nominated percussionist and US Artists Fontanals Fellow, John Santos, is one of the foremost exponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today. Born in San Francisco, California, November l, l955, he was raised in the Puerto Rican and Cape Verdean traditions of his family, surrounded by music. The fertile musical environment of the San Francisco Bay Area shaped his career in a unique way. His studies of Afro-Latin music have included several trips to New York, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Brazil and Colombia.He is known for his innovative use of traditional forms and instruments in combination with contemporary music, and has earned much respect and recognition as an educator, composer, and record and event producer. He’s been a prolific performer, composer, teacher, writer, radio programmer, and record/event producer whose career has spanned over 35 years. John has worked with acknowledged, multi-generational masters such as Cachao, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Bebo Valdés, Max Roach, Eddie Palmieri, Patato Valdés, Lázaro Ros, Bobby Hutcherson, Chucho Valdes, Chocolate Armenteros, John Handy, Billy Cobham, Zakir Hussain, George Cables, Rene Lopez, Generoso Jimenez, Joe Henderson, Francisco Aguabella, John Faddis, Ed Thigpen, Giovanni Hidalgo, Steve Turre, McCoy Tyner, Batacumbele, Poncho Sanchez, Omar Sosa, Mel Martin, Ignacio Berroa, Danilo Perez, Los Pleneros de la 21, Jose Luis “Changuito” Quintana, Armando Peraza, Pancho Quinto, Tootie Heath, Jacqueline Castellanos, Malonga Casquelord, CK Ladzekpo, Pancho Terry, Yosvany Terry, Dafnis Prieto, Oscar Castro Neves, Mark Murphy, Larry Coryell, Lázaro Galarraga, Regino Jimenez, Luis Daniel “Chichito” Cepeda, Pedrito Martinez, Jerry Medina, Orestes Vilató, Larry Vukovich, Arturo Sandoval, Nestor Torres, Anthony Carrillo, Paoli Mejías, Raul Rekow, Andy Gonzalez, Jerry Gonzalez, Jovino Santos Neto, Lalo Schifrin, Pete Escovedo, Claudia Gómez, Maria Márquez, Jon Jang, Ray Vega, Chembo Corniel, Wayne Wallace, John Calloway, Mark Levine, Elio Villafranca, Bruce Forman, Linda Tillery, Charlie Hunter, Joyce Cooling, Bobby Matos, Mark Weinstein, Jackeline Rago, Roberto Borrell, Sandy Perez, Jesus Diaz, Roman Diaz, Pablo Menendez, Yma Sumac, and Carlos Santana.
Pianist Grant Levin is a dynamic and dedicated jazz artist based in Northern California. No style of jazz left untouched, “the list” always a length in progress, and improvisation at its most vibrant, his style is well appreciated both by listener and musician alike. He has performed with Little Anthony and the Imperials, Greg Gisbert, Michael Marcus, Madeline Eastman, Chris Amberger, Bishop Norman Williams, Akio Sasajima, Vince Wallace, Lori Bell, Larry Hancock, Josh Jones, Paula Chase, Clint Strong, Sheherezade Stone, Darrell Green, Mike Olmos, Tekanawa "Rufus" Haereiti, and many other great musicians. Levin received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2005. He is currently an adjunct faculty member in the music department at California State University, Chico where he teaches jazz piano and jazz improvisation. He is also pursuing a masters degree in piano performance at the university. Grant Levin has been a recording artist with Beezwax Records since 2003 and has released 3 albums, his most recent being Riego, released in 2008.
Bassist John Wiitala has performed with Joe Henderson, James Moody, Benny Golson,and Pete Jolly.He has performed and recorded with Mark Levine, Scott Hamilton, Jessica Williams, Bruce Forman. and Wesla Whitfield. John is currently teaching at the Jazz School in Berkeley, Jazz Camp West, and the Stanford Jazz Camp.
Drummer/Vibraphonist/Saxophonist Smith Dobson V has been performing in the Bay Area for nearly twenty years. Originally from Santa Cruz, Ca., Dobson is a member of an important Jazz family. Dobson has been performing with his various groups at many Bay Area venues, such as the San Jose and San Francisco Jazz Festivals, and clubs like The Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Yoshi's, Kimball's, Pearls, Bacar, Bruno's, The Make-Out Room, Great American Music Hall, Bottom Of The Hill, Amnesia, The Jazz School, The Stanford Jazz Workshop, and The Intersection of the Arts. Smith has had the honor of working with some of the great Jazz artists, locally and internationally, such as Bobby Hutcherson, Red Rodney, John Handy, Sheila Jordan, Red Holloway, Pete and Conte Condoli, Phillip Harper, Hal Stein, Noel Jewkes, Ben Goldberg, Graham Connahs' Sour Note Seven, Darren Johnstone, Will Bernard, and Kenny Brooks. He currently plays bass and sings in his own rock band Grand Lodge.
New Esterházy Quartet
Vienna in the 19th Century
Friday 21 March 2014 at 8:00pm
Admission $15 ($10 for HSC members and seniors)
The Berkeley Hillside ClubThe Berkeley Hillside Club is happy to welcome the New Esterházy Quartet back to our concert series with their final concert of the season at the Club. 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. This concert will feature quartets by Haydn, Schoenberg, and Schubert. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.
2286 Cedar Street
Kati Kyme - violin
Lisa Weiss - violin
Anthony Martin - viola
William Skeen - 'cello
This program offers a panorama of Viennese chamber music from Haydn’s and Schubert’s last quartets to Schoenberg’s first. Haydn’s Op. 103 is the torso of a quartet left unfinished when overwork and old age caught up with the master as he lived his last days during Napoleon’s occupation of Vienna. Schubert’s monumental G major Quartet explores cosmic realms undreamed of even in Beethoven’s late quartets. Whereas the name Schoenberg has come to be associated with a kind of music that is more admired than loved, he was at heart deeply attached to Austrian musical tradition. This shows especially in the first quartet that survives from his pen, written in a straightforward D major in 1897, while Brahms and Dvorak were still alive. And their influence can clearly be heard, Dvorak in the two outer movements, Brahms in the middle two. Two years later Schoenberg wrote his sextet Verklärte Nacht and brought the nineteenth century to a close.
Unfinished Quartet in D minor, Op. 103 (1803) Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
Menuet ma non troppo presto
Quartet in D (1897) Arnold Schoenberg (1874–1951) Allegro molto
Andante con moto
Quartet in G, D. 887 (1826) Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
Allegro molto moderato
Andante un poco mosso
Scherzo: Allegro vivace
Founded in 2006, the New Esterházy Quartet have taken their name from the Hungarian estate where Joseph Haydn lived and worked for nearly three decades, and from the noble family who were his employers and patrons. The name also honors Quartetto Esterhazy, the pioneering historical string quartet from the 1970s, with the blessing of that ensemble’s eminent founder and leader, Jaap Schroeder.
The New Esterházy Quartet’s first three seasons included all 68 string quartets of Joseph Haydn. Composed over a span of a half-century, Haydn’s quartets contain some of the most imaginative, sophisticated and expressive composition in all of music, providing great joy to players and listeners alike. This cycle of performances, the first in North America on period-instruments, provides a panoramic vantage point from which the Quartet can survey the compositions of Haydn’s friends, contemporaries and students. Since their third season the New Esterházy Quartet have been performing quartets dedicated to Haydn by Mozart and by some of the dozen other composers whose dedications acknowledged Haydn’s mastery of the genre. They also are playing quartets written by many, including Beethoven, who sought out Haydn for instruction.
In addition to their season of concerts in San Francisco and Palo Alto, the New Esterházy Quartet are frequently invited to perform elsewhere. They have performed for the San Francisco Early Music Society, the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music, the Haydn Society of North America, at the San Francisco’s De Young Museum, the Palace of the Legion of Honor, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco’s Dolphin and California Clubs, the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition, San Francisco Girls Chorus, Cal Performances, University of Southern California, Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage Coffeeshop, Music at Kohl Mansion and Noe Valley Chamber Music. The Quartet played a program of Haydn from American Moravian sources in New York in the spring of 2009, and those pieces will be released as a CD later this year. Their two CD recordings recorded live in concert can be purchased here.The members of the New Esterházy Quartet - violinists Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss, violist Anthony Martin, and cellist William Skeen - have performed and recorded in the top echelon of early music ensembles, including Orchestra of the 18th Century, Wiener Akademie, Bach Ensemble, Artaria Quartet, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Arcadian Academy, Göttingen Festival Orchestra, and Musica Angelica. 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
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.