2017-Current







Erik Jekabson's Vista Nonet
Art Songs & Chamber Jazz

Saturday 18 Mar 2017 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 excited to present an old friend with a new ensemble. Composer and trumpet player Erik Jekabson has performed numerous times in our concert series over the years and we've become great fans of his compositions and his playing. For this performance he is bringing his Vista Nonet, a nine piece ensemble including vocalists, violin, trumpet, reeds, vibraphone, and a jazz rhythm section. They will be performing Erik's original compositions, including musical settings of poems by Frank O'Hara and Elizabeth Bishop. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall

The Ensemble:

Erik Jekabson - trumpet
Becca Burrington & Alexis Jenson - vocals
Alisa Rose- violin
Matt Renzi - woodwinds
Dillon Vado - vibes
Jeffrey Burr- guitar
Jeff Denson - bass
Alan Hall - drums.



About the artists:

Erik Jekabson is a freelance trumpet player, composer, arranger and educator who lives 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 five CDs out under his own name: his most recent album is “A Brand New Take” on the OA2 record label.  His other CDs are “Erik Jekabson Quartet & John Santos: Live at the Hillside Club”, (released in 2014) which like “Anti-Mass”(2012) , and “Crescent Boulevard” (2010) are on his own Jekab’s Music record label.  His debut CD,  “Intersection”, 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”. He’s recorded as a sideman on numerous 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.  As an arranger and composer, he’s written for both vocalists (Madeleine Peyroux, Ani DiFranco, Jane Krakowski, Jackie Ryan, Kenny Washington, Madeline Eastman, Kellye Gray, Sandy Cressman, Raz Kennedy, Shanna Carlson) and instrumental ensembles. (San Francisco Symphony, the Stanford Jazz Orchestra, the Realistic Orchestra, the California State University East Bay Jazz Ensemble, the SF Composers Orchestra and his own Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, which plays every Sunday at Doc’s Lab in San Francisco.)

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Multi-reedist Matt Renzi has been performing professionally for the past 20 years at international jazz festivals and music venues worldwide. For the past decade, he has been recognized multiple times by jazz organizations in Italy, Spain, Belgium, India and Israel as well as in the United States for his advanced concepts in spontaneous group composition and collective improvisation with The Matt Renzi Trio. He holds a Bachelor’s in Music (Performance) from the Berklee College of Music and Master’s in Arts (Classical Composition) from San Francisco State University. Some of his teachers include Joe Henderson and South Indian Vocalist R.A. Ramamani.

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Fiddler and violinist, composer and improviser, Alisa Rose is a modern musician who easily navigates between many musical styles. With roots in classical music as well as the rich American musical tradition, she attracts attention for her expressive lyrical voice on the violin.  Alisa Rose has performed with a wide range of artists including the Real Vocal String Quartet, 2008 Rockygrass winners 49 Special, and Grammy-nominated Quartet San Francisco. Alisa performed and taught throughout Eastern Europe as an Ambassador of the State Department, and has performed at Carnegie Hall, NPR's Weekend Edition, the historic Carter Family Fold festival, TEDx Alcatraz with Bob Weir, Song of the Mountains on PBS, as well as numerous international tours.

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Dillon Vado grew up in San Jose, California and began playing music at the age of 7. Learning at first informally from a close family friend, he immediately showed an interest in music. He played music in middle school, and high school focusing on primarily tenor saxophone, and percussion. At Del Mar High School, Dillon spent a lot of time playing in the various music programs offered, from concert percussion in the concert band, to snare drum and tenor drums in the marching band and winter drumline. By the age of sixteen Dillon was gigging and playing regularly. His experiences in high school really helped launch his professional career, because he had many opportunities to play musicals, play in the jazz band, and lead/compose for the drumline. These experiences led him to play snare drum after high school in the first ever Santa Clara Vanguard Winter Drumline, while also studying music at West Valley College in Saratoga, California. It was at West Valley that he started playing vibes more often, and eventually formed his own band, Grooveyard Shift. After West Valley, Dillon transferred to The California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, California and is currently there pursuing a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies.

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Jeff Denson is currently focused on four projects as a leader, Jeff Denson Quartet ( featuring Jeff on bass and vocals and has included such extraordinary trumpeters as Ralph Alessi and Cuong Vu), Electreo (an experimental ensemble of electric bass, electric bassoon and percussion), The San Francisco String Trio, and the Jeff Denson Trio +1 – a project featuring a special guest artist each season, beginning appropriately with Lee Konitz in 2014/15, that has toured in the U.S and Europe. In addition, Jeff performs solo and in some special duets. In 2013 he released two duo recordings on pfMENTUM Records: I’ll Fly Away, a re-imagination of hymns and spirituals with Joshua White; and Two, with the remarkable European clarinetist Claudio Puntin.

From his position as Outreach Director for the CJC, Jeff is nurturing young musicians into the world of professional performance, promoting partnerships and relationships among various elements of the Bay Area scene. A key part of his mission is to provide that special growth experience of allowing young musicians to share the bandstand side by side with the professionals with whom they will become colleagues in the future. His ultimate goal is to not only foster this emerging talent, but also to create an atmosphere of activity and productivity that is intended to make the local scene a viable professional option for young musicians. It’s his hope that this will keep this young talent in the area rather than departing for other cities in search of career success.

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Alan Hall has performed and/or recorded with many jazz greats including Paul McCandless, Russell Ferrante, Taylor Eigsti, Art Lande, Geoff Keezer, Jimmy Haslip, Kai Eckhardt, and vocalists Kenny Washington and Rebecca Parris. He’s worked with Cirque Du Soleil in NYC and Teatro Zinzanni in San Francisco. Alan taught drum set and ensembles at Berklee College of Music for seven years and he currently teaches drum set and ensembles at California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley and Cal State University East Bay in Hayward. He is the author of several articles and a drum book entitled: “Internalization”- A non-reading intensive approach to mastery of the jazz drumming language. He is a proud endorser of Brooks Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Aquarian Accessories and Vic Firth Sticks.

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Becca Burrington graduated in trombone performance with honors at Oberlin Conservatory, where she received the Conservatory Dean’s Talent Award. She also studied at Interlochen Arts Center and received the Governor’s Scholar and Outstanding Brass Performance award. An active freelancer on trombone and voice, performances have included trombone with the Silk Road Project with Yo-Yo Ma, San Francisco Sinfonietta, California Chamber Symphony, Women’s Philharmonic, Aspen Festival Orchestra, and the Montclair Women’s Big Band. She is a founding member of Solstice, an award winning female vocal septet. Ms. Burrington is also a member and frequent soprano soloist with the Pacific Mozart Ensemble, and the ground breaking vocal jazz group the Mirabai Ensemble. She has sung with an a wide array of artists including Bobby McFerrin, Sufjan Stevens, Meredith Monk, Andy Williams, and John Zorn. Becca’s students have played in the Oakland Youth Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, and have attended major conservatories including Oberlin.

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Bay Area native Alexis Jensen is an active local singer and actor.  She has performed on a wide variety of stages with companies such as Berkeley West Edge Opera, San Francisco Symphony Chorus, the Pacific Mozart Ensemble, Lamplighters Music Theater, Exit Theater, Actors Ensemble of Berkeley, Ray of Light Theater, Altarena Playhouse, Cinnabar Theater and Contra Costa Civic Theater.




Victor Romasevich        Michael Jones         Stephen Levintow               Paul Rhodes                 Olga Rakitchenkov

Two, Three, Four & Five:
Members of the Jupiter Chamber Ensemble
with Olga Rakitchenkov (harp)
play Andriasov, Beethoven & Golubev

Sunday 12 Mar 2017 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 pleased to present all the members of the Jupiter Chamber Ensemble, along with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra’s Principal Harpist Olga Ortenberg-Rakitchenkov, performing a wonderful, diverse program featuring a string trio by Beethoven, and several works by 20th Century Russian composers Iosif Andriasov and Evgeny Golubev, including Golubev's famous Quintet for Harp and String Quartet. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.

The Artists:
Victor Romasevich - violin, piano
Michael Jones - violin
Stephen Levintow - viola
Paul Rhodes - cello
Olga Rakitchenkov - harp


The Program:

String Quartet in D Major, Op.1
(1954) -
Iosif Andriasov (1933-2000)
        Jupiter Chamber Ensemble

3 Sketches for Cello and Piano
- Iosif Andriasov
 
   Op. 4B (1955)
    Op. 24C
(1970)
    Op. 30B "Meditation"
(1981)
        Paul Rhodes, cello
        Victor Romasevich, piano

String Trio in C minor, Op. 9 No 3
(1797-98) - Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
        Victor Romasevich, violin
        Stephen Levintow, viola
        Paul Rhodes, cello

Quintet for Harp and String Quartet in C minor, Op. 39 (1953) - Evgeny Golubev
(1910-1988)
        Olga Rakitchenkov, harp
        Jupiter Chamber Ensemble


About the Artists:

Victor Romasevich was born in Minsk, Belarus. His mother, Lena Lubotsky, began teaching him piano at the age of four. When five, he started violin studies with Anna Silberstein. At six, he enrolled in the violin class of Mikhail Garlitsky and Lev Sharinov at The Gnesin Music School in Moscow. As a youth he studied violin with Rostislav Dubinsky of the Borodin Quartet. He continued his training at the Moscow Conservatory with Boris Belenky and Nadia Beshkina.

Following Romasevich’s emigration to the United States in 1977, he studied at Juilliard with Ivan Galamian. In 1979 he became a violin and viola pupil of the composer and philosopher Iosif Andriasov. Winner of the Gina Bachauer Prize at the 1985 J.S. Bach International Competition, Romasevich joined the San Francisco Sympohony as Associate Principal Violist in 1990, and in 1992 moved to the First Violin section. He appears frequently in recitals and chamber concerts as a violinist, violist and keyboard player.

Micheal Jones studied with Jorja Fleezanis and Andor Toth. With John Burke and cellist Gwyneth Davis, he was a longtime member of the piano trio I Gatti Freschi. He is second violinist of the Jupiter String Quartet, of which he was a founder.

Stephen Levintow studied viola at Juilliard with the late Paul Doktor and chamber music with Samuel Rhodes of the Juilliard Quartet. For many years he has been a free lance musician in the Bay area, with an emphasis on chamber music. He and Michael Jones co-founded the Jupiter Chamber Players in 1997.

Cellist Paul Rhodes received the Bachelor of Arts in Music from Dominican College, where he studied with Margaret Rowell, and the Master of Music from the University of Texas at Austin after studies with Paul Olefsky. Paul is a member of the Oakland-East Bay Symphony and,in the summer, the Carmel Bach Festival. Locally, he has worked with the symphonies of Berkeley, Marin, California, Sacramento and San Jose as well as with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, and Earplay.  Outside the area he has appeared with the San Antonio Symphony,  Brandywine Baroque, Orchestra of Santa Fe, Reinische Philharmonie, and the Jugend im Musik festival in Vienna.


San Francisco Opera Orchestra’s Principal Harpist 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.

Olga performs much contemporary chamber music, and she has premiered works by Schnittke, Denisov, and Smirnov.

Ms. Rakitchenkov has participated in international festivals and congresses and was the first prize winner of the 1974 International Competition of Harpists in Geneva. She toured as a soloist with the Orchestra de la Suisse Romaine and with orchestras in Melhause, Basel, and Schauffhausen. Her performances were broadcast on radio and television in Russia, France and Switzerland.






Timothy Fox in Recital:
The Complete Works for Solo Guitar of
Heitor Villa-Lobos
performed in honor of the composer's 130th birthday

Friday 3 Mar 2017 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 guitarist Timothy Fox performing the complete works for solo guitar by famed Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. Don't miss this remarkable artist performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.

The Artists:

Timothy Fox - guitar


The Program:

The Complete Works for Solo Guitar of Heitor Villa-Lobos
performed in honor of the composer's 130th birthday

    Valsa Concerto No. 2, Opus 8
    Five Preludes
    Valse-Chôro Chôrinho
    Suite Populaire Brésilienne
    Twelve Etudes



About The Composer:

Heitor Villa-Lobos  (March 5, 1887 – November 17, 1959) was a Brazilian composer, described as "the single most significant creative figure in 20th-century Brazilian art music" Largely self-taught, he gained a love of music through the influence of his father, an amateur musician who hosted weekly musical gatherings. At the age of six Villa-Lobos learned to play cello, and became enamored of the music of J.S. Bach. He traveled extensively with his family throughout Brazil and continued his explorations of that vast land as a young man. During an expedition along the Amazon to the interior of Brazil, he pursued an interest in native chant and rites.

He learned to play guitar at age 18 and he began playing with street musicians in Rio de Janeiro, absorbing the melodic and rhythmic elements of Brazil's indigenous musical forms. And while he blended these forms with Baroque harmonic and contrapuntal techniques, the richness and beauty of Brazil's native culture and natural environment remained his dominant muse. "I learned music from a bird in the jungles of Brazil, not from academies," he insisted.

He became a prolific composer, creating over 2000 individual pieces during his lifetime. Perhaps his best known works are his Bachianas Brasileiras (Brazilian Bachian-pieces), a series of nine suites written between 1930 and 1945 and scored for different combinations of instruments, voices, and orchestra. His preludes for guitar, written in 1940, are important works in the guitar repertory, and were inspired by Andrés Segovia

Later in life, established as an educator and composer, he traveled widely and lived in both New York and Paris, though he remained immersed in the spirit and culture of Brazil, and his love of Bach and of Brazilian folk music.



About the Artist:

Classical guitar. Not for sissies. Bette Davis said that, although she amended the remark later in life. Someone else called it a "postage stamp orchestra". It may have been Ben Franklin who also supported the wild turkey as America's national bird. Six strings, a score of frets and a trillion ways to play them, it is an infinitely subtle, and supremely intimate instrument,demanding and exquisite.

Timothy Fox has pursed this muse of wood and wire for longer than he cares to remember. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in guitar performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has received guidance in this pursuit from Leo Brouwer, Abel Carlevaro, Bill Connors, Michael Lorimer, Pepe Romero, Philip Rosheger, and George Sakellariou. He learned from every single man jack of them, though, ultimately, are we not all self-taught?

The music to be presented at this recital has at least one thing in common: it is all music written for the guitar. There are no arrangements, no transcriptions. Villa-Lobos intended these musical thoughts for this particular instrument. Purity, complexity, simplicity. Mr. Fox promises his very best effort.






New Esterházy Quartet
At the Opera III


Friday 17 Feb 2017 at 8:00pm
Admission: $25 general, $20 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 present the New Esterházy Quartet with the third installment of their popular "At the Opera" programs, featuring selections from operas by Philidor and Mozart. 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:

Lisa Weiss & Kati Kyme - violins
Anthony Martin - viola
William Skeen - 'cello


The Program:

Philidor: Le Femmes Vengées
Mozart: Cosi fan tutte



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.




Victor Romasevich      Michael Jones         Stephen Levintow               Paul Rhodes                 Philip Santos

Three Over Five:
Members of the Jupiter Chamber Ensemble
with Philip Santos
play Kodaly, Mozart & Andriasov

Sunday 12 Feb 2017 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 have all the members of the Jupiter Chamber Ensemble, along with guest violinist Philip Santos mixing it up with two wonderful string trios and a string quintet. The program will feature a trio by the Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly, a string quintet by Mozart, and the world premier of a string trio by the modern Russian composer, Arshak Andriasov, and dedicated by the composer to our guest violinist, Philip Santos.
Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.

The Artists:
    Victor Romasevich - violin
    Michael Jones - violin
    Stephen Levintow - viola
    Paul Rhodes - cello
    Philip Santos - violin




The Program:

Serenade, Op.12 - Zoltan Kodaly
    Victor Romasevich & Michael Jones, violins
    Stephen Levintow, viola


Suite for String Trio, Op.14 (premiere) - Arshak Andriasov
    Philip Santos, violin
    Victor Romasevich, viola
    Paul Rhodes, cello


String Quintet No. 3 in C Major, K.515 - W. A. Mozart
    Philip Santos & Michael Jones, violins
    Stephen Levintow & Victor Romasevich, violas
    Paul Rhodes, cello

                     
About the Artists:

Victor Romasevich was born in Minsk, Belarus. His mother, Lena Lubotsky, began teaching him piano at the age of four. When five, he started violin studies with Anna Silberstein. At six, he enrolled in the violin class of Mikhail Garlitsky and Lev Sharinov at The Gnesin Music School in Moscow. As a youth he studied violin with Rostislav Dubinsky of the Borodin Quartet. He continued his training at the Moscow Conservatory with Boris Belenky and Nadia Beshkina.

Following Romasevich’s emigration to the United States in 1977, he studied at Juilliard with Ivan Galamian. In 1979 he became a violin and viola pupil of the composer and philosopher Iosif Andriasov. Winner of the Gina Bachauer Prize at the 1985 J.S. Bach International Competition, Romasevich joined the San Francisco Sympohony as Associate Principal Violist in 1990, and in 1992 moved to the First Violin section. He appears frequently in recitals and chamber concerts as a violinist, violist and keyboard player.

Micheal Jones studied with Jorja Fleezanis and Andor Toth. With John Burke and cellist Gwyneth Davis, he was a longtime member of the piano trio I Gatti Freschi. He is second violinist of the Jupiter String Quartet, of which he was a founder.

Stephen Levintow studied viola at Juilliard with the late Paul Doktor and chamber music with Samuel Rhodes of the Juilliard Quartet. For many years he has been a free lance musician in the Bay area, with an emphasis on chamber music. He and Michael Jones co-founded the Jupiter Chamber Players in 1997.

Cellist Paul Rhodes received the Bachelor of Arts in Music from Dominican College, where he studied with Margaret Rowell, and the Master of Music from the University of Texas at Austin after studies with Paul Olefsky. Paul is a member of the Oakland-East Bay Symphony and,in the summer, the Carmel Bach Festival. Locally, he has worked with the symphonies of Berkeley, Marin, California, Sacramento and San Jose as well as with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, and Earplay.  Outside the area he has appeared with the San Antonio Symphony,  Brandywine Baroque, Orchestra of Santa Fe, Reinische Philharmonie, and the Jugend im Musik festival in Vienna.

Philip Santos discovered the violin in the Oakland public schools. He has performed extensively in many capacities throughout the Bay Area and across the country, and is a frequent performer on numerous chamber series, including the San Francisco Symphony's chamber music series, Chamber Music Sundaes, Old First Church Concerts, Composers Inc, Music on the Hill, as well as Carnegie Recital Hall in new York with the California Chamber Players. He has been a member of the Berkeley Symphony, Oakland Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony. He has also played with the Chicago Symphony. As a member of the Skywalker Symphony, he has recorded soundtracks for numerous major motion pictures and video games.

Currently, Mr. Santos is concertmaster of Philharmonia Healdsburg, assistant concertmaster of Marin Symphony, and principal second violin of California Symphony. Mr. Santos served as concertmaster of the Fremont Symphony from 2002 to 2012. In addition to his performance schedule, Mr. Santos teaches violin and viola and conducts the string ensemble at California State University East Bay. He also teaches at Patten Academy and University, as well as many private students.





Exploring the Cello/Piano Repertoire:
Peter Wyrick & Britton Day
Cello Sonatas by Beethoven & Brahms,
& some Dvořák for good measure!

Sunday 29 Jan 2017 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 beyond excited to have our old friend, the S.F Symphony's Associate Principal cellist Peter Wyrick, perform for us again. Joining Peter will be the talented young pianist Britton Day (son of the SFS's Principal Flute, Tim Day). Together they will play two brilliant cello sonatas by Beethoven and Brahms, along with some wonderful cello/piano pieces by Dvořák.

Our excitement is engendered not simply at the prospect of this wonderful concert, but by the fact that it promises to be the first in an ambitious long-term project, proposed to us by Peter and Britton, of performing all the major sonatas in the cello-piano repertoire at the Hillside Club over the space of the next decade plus.

Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall, and the start of a wonderful journey.

The Artists:
   Peter Wyrick - cello
   Britton Day - piano


The Program:
    Ludwig van Beethoven - Cello Sonata No.3, Op.69
    Antonin Dvořák -
        Rondo in G major, Op. 94
        Klid (Waldesruhe) , Op. 68, No.5
        Polonaise in A Major, Op. post.
    Johannes Brahms - Cello Sonata No.2, Op.99

About this Concert
(a note from Peter Wyrick):

Today, Britton Day and I are announcing our intention to perform all the major works for cello and piano at the beautiful Hillside Club over the course of the next 15 or so years.  What better way to begin this project than with two of the great pillars of the repertoire.  Beethoven's Sonata in A Major, op.69 and the Brahms sonata in F Major op.99.

The glorious Beethoven Sonata is undoubtedly my favorite of the five sonatas that he wrote. Its generous and lyrical opening sets the stage for a wonderful night of music making.  The Brahms Sonata is like a symphony for two players.  One can imagine a French Horn making its hunting call...a lonely oboe or the pizzicatti of the double bass.  There is a story that Brahms became very jealous after hearing a performance of the great Dvorak cello concerto.  He admitted that he didn't know the cello was capable of such an enormous emotional range and subsequently set out to write the double concerto for cello and violin. Too bad for us cellists that he had to throw a violin into the mix.

In the set of unrelated pieces by Dvorak we can get a sense of his unmatched talent in writing for the cello.  The center piece for me is  Waldesrue or forest quietude, depicting the once great forest of eastern Europe where perhaps the very wood for my cello may have come from, maybe by way of the Danube.  The idea for combining these three pieces comes from my long time friend and stand partner Michael Grebanier who has always been so encouraging to me.

Now Britt and I must start thinking about our next program....requests will be honored.

--Peter

(NB: send requests to "concerts@hillsideclub.org")
                     
About the Artists:

Peter Wyrick has served as Associate Principal Cello of the San Francisco Symphony, occupying the Peter & Jacqueline Hoefer Chair, since 1999. Born in New York to a musical family, he began his studies in Poughkeepsie, New York, and proceeded to the Juilliard School at the age of eight, where he was one of the last students of Leonard Rose. Mr. Wyrick made his solo debut at age twelve with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. Since then he has performed as soloist with the Aspen Chamber Orchestra, the Queens Philharmonic, the American Chamber Orchestra, the Oklahoma Chamber Orchestra, the Kozponti Sinfonicus in Budapest, Hungary, and Symphony Silicon Valley. He has appeared as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony in works including Leonard Bernstein's Meditation No. 1 from Mass, Haydn’s Sinfonia concertante in B-flat major, and music from Tan Dun's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Concerto.

Mr. Wyrick was the principal cello of the Mostly Mozart Orchestra and associate principal cello of the New York City Opera Orchestra. His recordings include the cello sonatas of Gabriel Fauré with pianist Earl Wild for dell'Arte Records, and performances for the Stereophile and Arabesque labels. In chamber music, Mr. Wyrick has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Yefim Bronfman, Lynn Harrell, Jeremy Denk, Julia Fischer, and Edgar Meyer, among others. He was a member of the Ridge String Quartet, whose recording of the Dvořák piano quintets with pianist Rudolf Firkusny on the RCA label won the French Diapason d'Or and was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Chamber Music Performance. Mr. Wyrick has participated in the Helsinki, Spoleto, Bard, Vancouver Chamber Music West, La Jolla, Santa Fe, Ruby Mountain, and Lake Tahoe music festivals.

Mr. Wyrick plays a David Tecchler cello, on generous loan from Jacques and Barbara Schlumberger, made in Rome, circa 1724.

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Britton Day is a member of the accompanying staff at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory Preparatory Division. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of music. Upon graduation from Oberlin, he continued his studies at the San Francisco Conservatory, receiving both a Master of Music and a Professional Studies Diploma in Piano Performance.





                  Victor Romasevich    Michael Jones                                       Stephen Levintow     Paul Rhodes

The Jupiter Chamber Ensemble
play Prokofiev, Mozart & Tchaikovsky

Sunday 15 Jan 2017 at 7:00pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to welcome our old friends, the Jupiter Chamber Ensemble, back to our Concert Series They will be performing string quartets by Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky, and a piano quartet by Mozart  Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.


The Jupiter Chamber Ensemble are:
            Victor Romasevich - violin, piano
            Michael Jones -
violin
            Stephen Levintow - viola
            Paul Rhodes - cello

The Program:

String Quartet No.2 in F Major, Op.92 - Sergei Prokofiev
Piano Quartet No.2 in E-flat Major, K.493 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String Quartet No.3 in E-flat Major, Op.30 - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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




New Esterházy Quartet
Haydn and His Students IX


Friday 6 Jan 2017 at 8:00pm


The Berkeley Hillside Club is
pleased to present the New Esterházy Quartet ringing in the the new year for our Concert Series with a wonderful program featuring works by Haydn and Beethoven.. 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:

Lisa Weiss & Kati Kyme - violins
Anthony Martin - viola
William Skeen - 'cello



The Program:

Quartet No. 3 in C - William Shield
Quartet in A, Op. 55, No. 1 - Joseph Haydn
Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2 - Ludwig van Beethoven

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.




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