Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Berkeley Bluegrass Festival: Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, Keith Little Band, Vintage Grass

$28 adv / $32 door / $60 three day pass. 644-2020

6:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States

Sun Valley Players Beethoven, DvoÅ(tm)ák & Eshima

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 some music by DvoÅ(tm)ák and Eshima. And there's a secret ... this super-group are all mild-mannered members of the San Francisco Symphony, including Assistant Concertmaster Jeremy Constant, and Assistant Principal cellist Amos Yang, as well as violinist Polina Sedukh and violist Adam Smyla. Joining them for this concert will be pianist Peter Grunberg and bassist Charles Chandler. Don't miss these world-class artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.
The Sun Valley Players are:
Jeremy Constant - violin
Polina Sedukh - violin
Adam Smyla - viola
Amos Yang - cello

with special guests:
Charles Chandler - bass
Peter Grunberg - piano

The Concert:

In the last several years of his life, Ludwig van 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, and indeed sound modern even in the 21st Century. For this concert the Sun Valley Players will be performing one of these venerated works, "String Quartet No.12 in Eb Major, Op. 127."

The young Dvorak composed his String Quartet No. 5 in F minor early in his career but abandoned it. Seven years later, as his fame spread, he took the lovely, lyrical cantabile from the Quartet and turned into the exquisite miniature that is his "Romance in F minor, Op.11."

The beautiful cello-bass duo "Bariolage" by Shinji Eshima has a multitude of local connections. The piece was commissioned for S.F Symphony players Amos Yang and Charles Chandler in 2015, and Eshima himself was born in Berkeley and is currently a member of the S.F Opera and S.F. Ballet orchestras

"Bariolage" (duet for bass & cello) - Shinji Eshima
Romance in F minor, Op. 11 - Antonin DvoÅ(tm)ák (arranged for violin & piano)
String Quartet No. 12 in Eb Major, Op. 127 - Ludwig van Beethoven

Info: 510-845-1350

7pm to 9pm, The Berkeley Hillside Club 2286 Cedar Street

Aci, Galatea, e Polifemo by G.F. Handel

Black Box Baroque and Albany Consort combine forces for their third Handel production together. This dramatic cantata features daring, experimental sound colors from early in Handel's output (1708), and extraordinary vocal writing for bass-baritone, pants-role soprano, and mezzo-soprano.

Aci: Sara Hagenbuch
Galatea: Ellen Presley
Polifemo: Ben Brady
Stage director: Katie Nix
Music director: Jonathan Salzedo
Orchestra: The Albany Consort

Acis and the sea-nymph Galatea are deeply in love, but the violently jealous cyclops Polyphemus murders Acis. Galatea's true devotion turns Acis into an immortal river spirit. This is the Italian precursor to Handel's beloved English oratorio Acis and Galatea.

This is one of four performances of Aci, all in different Bay Area venues.
About Albany Consort:
Early music group started in London.


Phone: 408-480-0182
Contact: Jonathan Salzedo

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Christian Science Organization 2601 Durant