Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


String Quartet Sundays featuring "The Town"

Jun 23, 1pm to 3pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Kumi Uyeda -Bridge Piano Quartet

Jun 23, 3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley

Kumi Uyeda -Bridge Piano Quartet

Jun 23, 3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley

The Jupiter Chamber Ensemble play Arensky and Taneyev

The Berkeley Hillside Club is pleased to to welcome our friends, the Jupiter Chamber Ensemble, back to our stage with pair of marvelous Russian piano quintets by Anton Arensky and Sergei Taneyev. Joining the Jupiter Ensemble for this performance will be virtuoso pianist, Arkadi Serper. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.

The Jupiter Chamber Ensemble are:
Victor Romasevich - violin
Michael Jones - violin
Stephen Levintow - viola
Paul Rhodes - cello
with special guest:
Arkadi Serper - piano

The Program:
Piano Quintet in D Major, Op. 51 - Anton Arensky
Piano Quintet in G Major, Op. 30 - Sergei Taneyev

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.

Arkadi Serper is a prominent pianist and composer. He had an outstanding career as Musical Director of the Musical Theater Department at the Gnesin Conservatory prior to his move to the Bay Area in 1992. Mr. Serper has performed in Europe, the United States, and Asia. His compositions have been performed by the Stockton Symphony, Vallejo Symphony, Kairos Youth Choir, The Crowden School, and the San Francisco Boys' Chorus. He has been a member of the Crowden faculty since 1992, coaching chamber music and teaching music theory and composition. Mr. Serper teaches piano at CCMC.

Jun 23, 7pm to 8:30pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley, CA 94709, United States