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Chamber Music at the Scarab Club presents Feminine Approach IV at Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. 

Laura Roelofs – violin, Velda Kelly – violin, John Madison – viola
Nadine Deleury – cello, Daniel Thomas – cello
Stratus Ensemble:  Joanna Goldstein – flute, Shane Jones – percussion

CMSC’s April 8th program is devoted to the works of women composers. 

Stratus Ensemble

The Ann Arbor-based Stratus Ensemble (flute and percussion) will make its CMSC debut performing Hair, Cloth and Thread by Valerie Coleman, composer and flutist with the Imani Winds. Here is the composer’s description of the piece:

A 6 movement suite with a multi-disciplinary option that merges the works of visual artist Sonya Clark with a tapestry of sounds and colors made possible through various instruments from the flute family and percussion duo. The piece honors hair styles as a veritable art that challenges conventional usage of textiles for installation pieces. Like Clark’s collection, the soundscape expresses the complicated history of textile production in the United States from slavery to the modern era and translates the discussion of race into an earthy, vivid edgy musical palette of orchestral colors and rhythm. 

This concert also features Ethel Smyth’s String Quintet, Op. 1. This very fresh and inventive quintet was published in 1884 and is written for 2 violins, viola and two cellos. Dame Ethel Smyth was a strong and creative British composer who was also known for her contribution to the suffragette movement.

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


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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