Chamber Music at the Scarab Club concludes its 21st season with another exciting collaboration with Michigan Opera Theatre. The May 5th concert is presented in advance of MOT’s production of Ricky Ian Gordon’s opera, The Grapes of Wrath, based on the classic novel by John Steinbeck. The main work on the program is Green Sneakers, a 60 minute song cycle, also by Ricky Ian Gordon, who wrote the poetry as well as the music for this very personal and moving work. Scored for baritone and string quartet, CMSC welcomes back the marvelous baritone, John Daugherty, to perform this challenging work, along with violinists Laura Roelofs and Velda Kelly, violist Scott Stefanko and cellist Nadine Deleury. The program begins with two works by African American composers, both of whom began their long careers during the Depression era. The string quartet will perform a beautiful movement from Florence Price’s String Quartet in G Major, composed in 1929 and the lively Danzas de Panama by William Grant Still, based on Panamanian folk tunes collected by Elizabeth Waldo in the 1920s.
Baritone John Daugherty enjoys a busy career of performing, and is a member of the voice faculty at Furman University. His performance repertoire includes opera, oratorio, song recitals, chamber music and early music. He has realized the lead roles in multiple world premieres, including the Albany Symphony’s performance and recording of Michael Daugherty’s This Land Sings and Jules Pegram’s award winning opera Higher Ground. A frequent recitalist, Mr. Daugherty’s upcoming engagements include concert performances with Michigan Opera Theatre and recitals with the Collaborative Piano Institute in Minnesota.
As always, each piece will be introduced by one of the musicians and the concert will be followed by a delicious and friendly reception.
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Tickets: $20 if reserved in advance, $25 at the door and $18 with a subscription (4 or more concerts).
Only $10 for students. Group rates available.
The Scarab Club
217 Farnsworth, Detroit, MI 48202 (313) 831-1250
The Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church
17150 Maumee Avenue, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230
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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.
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.
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.
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