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Elaine Kreston & Friends play Schubert, Dohnányi, and Mozart

Friday 13 October 8:00pm

Elaine Kreston & Friends

play Schubert, Dohnányi, and Mozart

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 the wonderful local cellist, Elaine Kreston, and three of her talented colleagues, in a program of classical masterpieces spanning three centuries. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.

The Artists: Elaine Kreston - cello Emanuela Nikiforova - violin Linda Green - viola

Monica Chew - piano

About the Concert:

Four of the Bay Area’s vibrant and visionary musicians join forces to present the beautiful chamber music of Schubert, Dohnányi, and Mozart. Elaine Kreston, Emanuela Nikiforova, Linda Green, and Monica Chew bring musical and cultural experiences from around the globe and contribute diverse offerings to the Bay Area music scene, both in their own performances and their influence on young musicians and education.

The Program: String Trio in Bb Major, D 471 - Franz Schubert Serenade in C Major, Op. 10 - Ernő Dohnányi Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K 478 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart About the Artists:

Elaine Kreston is both an inspired classical cellist and a versatile improviser. She has performed throughout Europe and the United States, at venues including Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, Broadway theatres, recording studios, radio broadcasts, spiritual retreats, and arena rock shows, as well as schools, bookstores, and cafés. In classical music settings, Ms. Kreston currently focuses on chamber music, where she enjoys the intimacy of the repertoire for small ensembles. She is known for her passionate interpretations of the solo cello suites of J.S. Bach, now available on CD. Bay Area audiences have seen her perform with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, the Pacific Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Rosa Symphony chamber players, the Maybeck Trio, the Cello Chixtet, and RumiCello. Originally from the Chicago area, Elaine lived in Boston, Texas, Poland, Italy, and New York City before finding her way here. With a spirited desire to share the wonders of music with future generations, she leads a teaching studio in Berkeley and frequently visits schools to perform, teach, and inspire. One of her favorite things about the cello is the first lesson: “Give your cello a hug.” To learn more about her latest adventures, please visit Violinist Emanuela Nikiforova has gathered eclectic musical influences during her studies in Bulgaria, at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland, as well as her residency in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and studies in Louisiana State University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has concertized internationally as a recitalist, chamber musician, and a principal violinist of Camerata Lysy, Gstaadt (Switzerland), and recorded for Bulgarian TV, the labels Revista Classica (Argentina) and Claves (Switzerland). A Bay Area resident of 15 years now, Emanuela is a member of 5 Symphony orchestras, violin instructor at The Renaissance International School in Oakland, and artistic director of Antika Slavic Strings - a formation that celebrates the togetherness of the Slavic cultures and the deep relationships between Classical and Folklore music. Linda Green, violist, is originally from Toledo, Ohio. She performed in Europe and Asia during her nine year tenure as the assistant principal violist of the Orquestra Nacional do Porto (Portugal), where she also played in the Quarteto Jacob and performed many solo recitals and other chamber music. Other ensembles she has performed with include the Oakland Symphony, the Classical Music Festival (in Eisenstadt, Austria) the Toledo Symphony, the Carol Trio, the Syracuse Symphony, the Binghamton Symphony, the Tri-Cities Opera Orchestra, the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, the Santa Rosa Symphony, the Marin Symphony, the Sacramento Philharmonic, and is principal violist of the Vallejo Symphony. She was also a participant in the 2017 Gateways Music Festival at the Eastman School of Music. As a teacher, Ms. Green’s private students have won competitions here and abroad. She has lived in the Bay Area since 2001, where she teaches music in the Oakland Public Schools and co-founded both the Home of United String Ensembles (HOUSE) and the Oakland Symphony sponsored MUSE VIVO Orchestra.

Monica Chew is a Bay Area pianist. She founded Minsky Duo with Nato and Duo Moderna with Jerry Kuderna. She prefers chamber music to concerti, Haydn to Mozart, and lately Bartók above all things. Her favorite thing is to produce concerts with a strong narrative arc. You can find where she's performing next on her website,

there will be much more great music in our Series over the coming weeks and months:

Fri 27 Oct - Clarinet Thing - jazz

...and we'll post more info here as it becomes available.

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