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Michigan Opera Theatre and Chamber Music at the Scarab Club are pleased to present Americans in Parisa vocal and chamber music concert, on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Lounge Gallery of Detroit’s historic Scarab Club.

In anticipation of MOT’s upcoming production of Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27, an opera based on the lives of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, this concert will explore the Parisian salon culture of the early 20th century of which Stein was a prominent fixture. Artists from Michigan Opera Theatre and Chamber Music at the Scarab Club will offer works by Virgil Thomson, George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Lili Boulanger, Paul Bowles, and Ricky Ian Gordon.

Clodagh Earls, soprano
Kristen DiNinno, soprano
John Daugherty, baritone
Velda Kelly, violin
Laura Roelofs, violin
Scott Stefanko, viola
Nadine Deleury, cello
Mary Siciliano, piano

Tickets are $25 at the door, $20 in advance, and $10 for students.

Purchase tickets online HERE or by emailing or calling 248 474-8930.


Clarinet & Strings

Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 7 pm             

Clarinetist Brian Bowman
Photo by John Grigaitis             

The Scarab Club


Brian Bowman – clarinet   

Christopher Sacco – saxophone 

Eliot Heaton – violin     

Velda Kelly – violin

Scott Stefanko – viola      

Nadine Deleury – cello


Several encore performances will be presented on this program! MOT principal clarinetist Brian Bowman and string quartet will play Samuel Coleridge Taylor’s Clarinet Quintet. The Scarab Quartet will also perform Ermend Bonnal’s beautiful String Quartet # 1. Saxophonist Christopher Sacco returns to perform Nicolas Bacri’s Lyric Interlude, originally commissioned by Cecilia Benner for CMSC in 2008, now in a revised version for saxophone, violin and cello!

Tickets are $25 at the door, $20 in advance, and $10 for students.

Purchase tickets online here or by emailing or calling 248 474-8930.


About CMSC

The series is well known for its innovative programming, outstanding performers and informal atmosphere. Each program is introduced by a speaker and followed by a friendly reception. Directors Deleury and Kelly are dedicated to featuring local performers as well as an occasional group from outside the Detroit area. Some highlights of previous seasons include the melodrama Ghosts of a Paris Past, a performance by the Borsarello Trio, Vancouver’s Orchid Ensemble, bandoneonist Peter Soave, the music of René Becker and several programs featuring the music of female composers. CMSC has also commissioned and presented world and American premieres, such as works by Michigan composers Erik Santos and Clark Suttle, New Yorker Sean Hickey, as well as the music of French composer Nicolas Bacri.

Over the years, with the generous support of MCACA, the City of Detroit and The George and Helen Deffenbaugh Foundation, CMSC performers have had the distinct pleasure of presenting many vibrant educational programs for young audiences from the Bates Academy, Spain School, Cass Technical High School and students from Marygrove College.

Erik Santos presenting his piece "Naiads" to Cass Students

Erik Santos presenting his piece “Naiads” to Cass Students

In keeping with the artistic tradition of the Scarab Club, one concert in 2008 combined the bold and multi-layered art work of Étienne Yver with the elegant music of Mozart, featuring pianist Louis Nagel. On the day following that Sunday concert, students from Detroit’s Spain School joined the artist and musicians for a very special program at the Scarab Club. The repertoire for these programs is usually taken from that season’s subscription concerts.

Frequently, composers, including Erik Santos, Clark Suttle and Pierre Thilloy, present their works to the young listeners and explain how they approached writing the music.

Louis Nagel speaks about Mozart. In the background Etienne Yver's posters on Mozart's Operas

Louis Nagel speaks about Mozart. In the background Etienne Yver’s posters on Mozart’s Operas

Artist Etienne Yver and students from Spain School

Artist Etienne Yver and students from Spain School


Special guest, Ghanaian xylophonist Bernard Woma performed for students at the Scarab Club and even encouraged them to dance to the music!
Another program featured Sukey and the Mermaid by Anne LeBaron and showcased the talented Michigan Opera Theater Children’s Chorus.

This is a series that succeeds in integrating a variety of art forms. Visual art, drama and literature have all been incorporated into many of the concerts. Check the season schedule for more information about this year’s exciting programs.
The Chamber Music concert schedule occurs between the months of September and June. For better outreach, concerts are offered both at the Scarab Club and at other locations in the metro Detroit area. Please always reference the time and location before attending a concert.

For more information, contact: Nadine Deleury, chambermusic@scarabclub.org248.474.8930

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