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Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.                                                              

Chamber Music at the Scarab Club is will wrap up its 19th season with an exciting and eclectic concert at Detroit’s historic Scarab Club on Sunday, June 4th at 7:00 pm.

The program features DSO principal trombonist Kenneth Thompkins performing three spirituals arranged by Kris Johnson expressly for Thompkins and string quartet. The group has already recorded the set and they look forward to performing them! Saxophonist Christopher Sacco is new to this area and currently lives and works in Ann Arbor. He will perform a beautiful work for saxophone and string quartet by French composer Nicolas Bacri and the well-known Mozart Oboe Quartet with strings, except the oboe part will be expertly played on soprano saxophone! Another work by Bacri, his Partita da Camera for clarinet and string trio will showcase the extraordinary MOT principal clarinetist Brian Bowman.

As always, each piece on the program will be introduced by one of the musicians and the concert will be followed by a delicious and friendly reception.


Tickets – $25 at the door, $20 in advance, $10 for students 

For tickets and more info – (248) 474-8930

The Scarab Club – 217 Farnsworth, Detroit 48202



Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370 – W. A. MOZART 

Christopher Sacco – soprano saxophone, Velda Kelly – violin,  

Romona Merritt – viola, Nadine Deleury – cello 

Partita da Camera for clarinet and string trio – Nicolas BACRI

Brian Bowman – clarinet, Velda Kelly – violin, Hang Su – viola, Nadine Deleury – cello 

Sonatina Lirica for saxophone and string quartet – Nicolas BACRI 

Christopher Sacco – saxophone, Laura Roelofs – violin, Velda Kelly – violin

Hang Su – viola, Nadine Deleury – cello 

A Set of Spirituals  arranged for trombone and string quartet by Kris JOHNSON 

Kenneth Thompkins – trombone, Velda Kelly – violin, Laura Roelofs – violin

Romona Merritt – viola, Nadine Deleury – cello

Download the 2016/2017 Schedule Here.


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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