Hillside Club Concert Series

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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.

Unless otherwise indicated, tickets for our concerts are only available at the door on the evening of the performance.

We have no advance ticket sales or reservations.  We accept cash or checks but NOT credit cards. Please check the individual listings, below, for the admission price on specific events.

 

Our hall is wheelchair accessible and our restrooms are ADA-compliant. We do not have off-street parking but parking in the neighborhood in generally not too difficult, and we are about seven-tenths of a mile from the Downtown Berkeley Bart station.

For directions to the Hillside Club please click here

Upcoming Concerts

Please note: This event has been canceled and will be rescheduled.

 

The Berkeley Hillside Club Concert Series Presents

Andy Canepa - Piano Concert

Folk Poems and Fairy Tales

Ravel Rachmaninov • Mozart • Chopin • Albeniz 

20 August 2021

7:30 pm PDT

(note start time)

Admission: $20 general, $15 seniors & students, $10 Hillside Club members

$15 advance purchase at https://hillsideclub.bpt.me/

The Program:

First Half
Sonata in C Major, K. 330 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91)
Ballade no. 4 in f minor by Frederic Chopin (1810-49)

Second Half

Granada and Asturias from Suite Española by Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909)
Ondine from Gaspard de la Nuit by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Prelude op. 32, no. 5 in G major by Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Etude op. 39, no. 9 in D Major by Rachmaninov

The Artist:

Andy Canepa - piano

The Berkeley Hillside Club is pleased to welcome back Bay Area-trained musician and pianist Andy Canepa for a live-audience concert with a program of piano compositions based on or inspired by folk poems and fairy tales.

 

Working within an exciting early music community in the Bay Area, Canepa performs music from the medieval period to the 20th Century as a conductor, harpsichordist, organist, percussionist and pianist. Canepa also conducts a wide variety of talented Bay Area musicians and performs harpsichord and organ continuo in a number of early music ensembles. In addition to his performing, M. Canepa holds a full-time position as Director of Music Ministry at St Mary Magdalen Church in Berkeley, where over the last 14 years, he has built a vibrant and exciting sacred early music program. 

Covid Safety Note:

In view of the continuing threat that Covid-19 presents to our community, we are limiting attendance at this event to patrons who have been vaccinated. 

We also require that all wear face coverings when inside our hall, in compliance with the most recent order of the Health Officer of the City of Berkeley.

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The Berkeley Hillside Club Concert Series Presents

The Edgar F. Bronfman String Quartet

Saturday 3 July 2021

8:00 pm PDT

Admission: $20 general, $15 seniors & students, $10 Hillside Club members

The Program:

Dimitri Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110
W.A.Mozart - String Quartet No.19 in C major, K.465 "Dissonance"

The Artists:

Jeremy Constant - violin

Polina Sedukh - voilin

Adam Smyla - viola

Amos Yang - cello

The Berkeley Hillside Club is pleased to mark its return to live-audience concerts with a performance by our friends in the Edgar F. Bronfman String Quartet. They will be performing two wonderful quartets by Dimitri Shotakovich and W. A. Mozart. Our Concert Series friends will recall that these artists are actually principal players in the S. F. Symphony Orchestra. They form this quartet every year in the summer to play in the Sun Valley Music Festival, and before heading off the mountains they preview their program for us at the Club. And a special note: our friends in the Bronfman Quartet will be donating all proceeds of this concert to the Hillside Club, so please join us to celebrate our return and help support the Club!

Covid Safety Note:

In view of the continuing threat that Covid-19 presents to our community, we are limiting attendance at this event to patrons who have been vaccinated.

About 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.

Past Concerts

(You can enjoy past live stream concerts and lectures on our YouTube channel any time by clicking here:)

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Berkeley Hillside Club Concert Series Presents

HAPPY HOUR

Michael Zilber - saxophones

Erik Jekabson - trumpet

John Gove - trombone
Peter Barshay - bass

Jeff Mars - drums
 

Live Streamed from the Hillside Club Stage
Thursday 17 June 2021
7:00pm - 8:15pm

 

 

 

What started as a weekly jam session at acclaimed saxophonist/composer Michael Zilber’s home (that typically ended around happy hour) would become the genesis of a new, exploratory band: HAPPY HOUR.  Over time, the lineup solidified to include some of the Bay Area’s leading players/composers  – trumpeter Erik Jekabson, trombonist John Gove, bassist Peter Barshay, and drummer Jeff Marrs.

Well-versed in the hard-bop tradition of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and harmonically untethered in the spirit of Ornette Coleman’s formative Quartet, HAPPY HOUR breaks new ground with its novel use of a three-horn frontline, and an openness to all musical styles – including funk, pop, odd time meters, free improvisation, and music traditions from around the world. In place of a traditional  chordal instrument, the three horns move freely, almost telepathically between backing harmonies, big band-inspired riffs, and moments of solo and collective improvisation.

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You may donate to the artists via one of these methods:

Paypal: paypal.me/erikjekabson

Venmo: @Erik-Jekabson

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Berkeley Hillside Club Concert Series Presents

Three in the Corner Pocket: a Tribute to Jazz Piano Masters

featuring

Erik Jekabson - trumpet
Dan Zemelman - piano
Peter Barshay -bass

Live Stream from the Hillside Club Stage

Friday 5 March 2021 7PM

Trumpeter and composer Erik Jekabson joins forces with pianist Dan Zemelman and bassist Peter Barshay in a tribute to the music of piano masters who we've lost recently: Chick Correa, McCoy Tyner, Stanley Cowell, Frank Kimbrough, Ellis Marsalis and Keith Jarrett (who is still with us but has retired from playing due to a stroke).  

 

The Erik, Dan, and Peter have played together often over the last 15 years, and always have fun- particularly playing standards, where they get to stretch out and see where the song and their own sense of adventure takes them.  Erik's warm tone and lyrical phrasing combine well with Dan's and Peter's flexible and grooving accompaniment.  

This live stream has been retired

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Berkeley Hillside Club Concert Series Presents
"Jazz for Mad Times"
Erik Jekabson - trumpet
Dan Zemelman - piano

Live Streamed from the Hillside Club Stage
Sunday 25 October
5PM - 6PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trumpeter Erik Jekabson and pianist Dan Zemelman play jazz standards, putting their own personal spin and arrangements on classic tunes.  Both are among the most sought-after jazz players in the Bay Area. Erik's lyrical inventiveness, deeply steeped jazz vocabulary and warm tone finds a perfect foil in Dan's lightening-quick musical reflexes, virtuosic technique and brilliant harmonizations.  They have a strong musical connection, continuing a duo collaboration that has been going on since 2004, when Erik moved to the Bay Area.  They've played on each others recording projects over the years (Dan's "One Way Or Another" and Erik's "Crescent Boulevard") and have more planned for the future.  Expect old favorites, modern classics, and some new arrangements.

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This live stream has been retired

You may donate to the artists via one of these methods:

Paypal: paypal.me/erikjekabson

Venmo: @Erik-Jekabson

Cashapp: $ErikJekabson

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The Berkeley Hillside Club Concert Series

presents

a Violin/Piano Recital

featuring

Helen Kim - violin

Marc Shapiro - piano

Live Streamed from

The Berkeley Hillside Club

Sunday 13 September 2020 at 7pm

The Program:
Six Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 79 (1915-17) - Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)

          1. Souvenir
          2. Tempo di menuetto
          3. Danse caractéristique
          4. Sérénade
          5. Tanz-Idylle
          6. Berceuse
 
Violin Sonata No. 8, Op. 30 No.3 (1801-02) - Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
 
         1. Allegro assai
          2. Tempo di Minuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso
          3. Allegro vivace
 
Violin Sonata (1917) - Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

          1. Allegro vivo
          2. Intermède: fantasque et léger
          3. Finale: très animé
 
The Artists:
Helen Kim
is Associate Principal Second Violin in the San Francisco Symphony.
Marc Shapiro is an acting member of the San Francisco Symphony, keyboards, Principal Keyboard in the Berkeley Symphony, and Principal Keyboard in the California Symphony.
 

This live stream has been retired at the request of the artists.

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The Berkeley Hillside Club Concert Series

presents

The 8th California Andriasov Festival - Part II

Celebrating the music of father and son composers

Iosif Andriasov  and  Arshak Andriasov

and dedicated to the first publication of

“Quotes from Iosif Andriasov’s Diary”

featuring The Jupiter Chamber Ensemble

Victor Romasevich, Michael Jones - violins;

Stephen Levintow - viola; Paul Rhodes - cello

Live Streamed from

The Berkeley Hillside Club

Friday 7 August 2020 at 8:00pm

Live Stream:

Program II

    Dmitri Shostakovich  Two Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 36

                                                          1. Elegy   

                                                          2. Polka

    Alexander Glazunov   Elegy in Memory of M.P. Belaieff, Op. 105

                                           Finale from the String Quartet on a theme "B-la-f"

    Iosif Andriasov          "The Spring" for String Quartet, Op. 32

    Arshak Andriasov       Piece for String Quartet, Op. 7

    Iosif Andriasov            String Quartet, Op. 1

                                                          1. Allegro

                                                          2. Lento

                                                          3. Presto

 

For information about composer and philosopher Iosif Andriasov,

his wife, musicologist Marta Andriasova, and their son,

composer, conductor and pianist Arshak Andriasov,

please visit www.andriasovstore.com

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The 8th CALIFORNIA  ANDRIASOV  FESTIVAL

Celebrating the music of father and son composers

Iosif Andriasov and Arshak Andriasov

 

Dedicated to the first publication of

Quotes from Iosif Andriasov's Diary

 

Live Streamed from

The Berkeley Hillside Club

Link for the live performance: CLICK HERE

Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 7 p.m.

                                                              Program I

 

Arthur Honegger           Intrada for Trumpet and Piano

 

Iosif Andriasov               Musical Sketch for Trombone and Piano,                                                            Op.4d

Arshak Andriasov            From ‘Three Pieces for Trumpet and Piano’

                                                              1. ‘Coordinated Chaos’, Op.15A

Iosif Andriasov                 ‘Meditation’ for Trombone and Piano,     

                                                    Op.30d

Arshak Andriasov            Piece for Trumpet and Piano, Op.9B

Iosif Andriasov                  Passacaglia for Trumpet, Trombone and

                                                    Organ, Op.22B

                                           (Author’s transcription for Trumpet, Trombone

                                                                and Piano)

Iosif Andriasov                  Concertino for Trumpet and Symphony

                                                    Orchestra, Op.14

                                                        (Author’s transcription for Trumpet and Piano)

 

                                          The Artists:

        Scott Macomber - trumpet

    Gabral Cruz - trombone

        Victor Romasevich - piano
 

For information about composer and philosopher Iosif Andriasov

his wife, musicologist Marta Andriasova, and their son,

composer, conductor and pianist Arshak Andriasov,

please visit www.andriasovstore.com

 
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Polina Sedukh
Amos Yang
Alicia Yang
David Gaudry

Edgar F. Bronfman String Quartet

Wednesday, 15 July

The Program:

Claude Debussy's String Quartet in G minor, Op.10

The Artists:

Polina Sedukh - first violin

Alicia Yang - second violin

David Gaudry - viola

Amos Yang - cello

WATCH THE CONCERT

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Mike Zilber, Matt Clark, Peter Barshay
Alone/Together/OnLine

*Video posted below.

Live Streamed Online
from the Berkeley Hillside Club
Saturday 13 June 2020 at 8:00pm
​Admission: Free


Along with most of the rest of the world, Covid19 has had the Berkeley Hillside Club and its members hunkered down, inspecting their bunkers, and desperately missing the live music that used to grace our historic and acoustically-excellent hall. So, we've decided to do something about it. Using the remarkable technologies of the internet we're going to bring you the joy of music once again, live from the stage of the Berkeley Hillside Club.


The Concert:
​Hillside Club Concert Series fans may recognize these artists; they are supremely talented jazz virtuosos who have each played in concerts at the Club many times. They have agreed to collaborate with us on this experiment in live streaming, performing on our stage without an audience, but still wrapped in the warm ambience of our hall. They will be playing a selection of wonderfully re-imagined jazz standards. These players never disappoint!

The Artists:
    Michael Zilber - sax
    Matt Clark - piano
    Peter Barshay -bass


We hope this will be the first of many virtual concerts, until we can see each other again in person.
(We also beg your indulgence for any technical hiccups that we may encounter in this new venture.)

And since we have no paying audience for this event, please consider donating to the artists with Paypal at:

https://www.paypal.me/MichaelZilber

or with your Venmo app at:

@Michael-Zilber-2

Thanks!

WATCH THE CONCERT

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