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Sunday, April 5, 2020 | 3 pm

Pleyel Piano Series 2020 Fundraiser Recital
with Food and Wine Pairings

$100 general public
$80 Scarab Club members
Advance tickets only; no tickets at the door, to accommodate catering and wine service

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Please join us for an unforgettable soirée in support of our unique recital series! The Pleyel series supports the arts locally by featuring fine young artists in a pre-concert to every one of our recitals.  Our fundraiser performance will feature the top young artist of the 2019/2020 Pleyel season, flutist Ian Plansker.  Like our historic piano, the 1879 Pleyel, Ian will bring historic flutes and demonstrate the evolution of the flute in an informative and musical tour through time!

Then, our own musical director, Julia Siciliano, will take the stage in a solo recital of French music that will be craftily paired with French wine and food, all in harmony with our 1879 Pleyel which traveled all the way from Paris to Detroit.

Award-winning concert pianist, JULIA SICILIANO has been heralded as a musician with “fabulous creative power” by the Bonn General-Anzeiger. Ms. Siciliano has become a well-respected and anticipated rising talent on the world stage, being invited as a solo artist by many prestigious orchestras, and festivals, most recently with the Orquestra Sinfónica de la Region de Murcia. A winner of many international piano competitions, Siciliano has won top prizes at the Sicily International Piano Competition, Heida Hermanns International Competition, Iowa Piano Competition, and MTNA National Competition. Active as a chamber musician, Julia has been invited to perform with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players, Basque National Orchestra’s chamber music series “Miramon Matinées”, and the MurciArt Festival in Murcia, Spain. She has given numerous recitals with Metropolitan Opera stars Amanda Pabyan, Eric Owens, and Marina Domashenko and internationally acclaimed violinists Dmitri Makhtin, Simone Lamsma, and Ray Chen.

Julia has an active performing career in both solo and chamber music capacities across stages in North America, Central America, Europe and Asia. She has performed multiple times live on Chicago radio station WFMT, Detroit’s historic Scarab Club, Cincinnati Music Hall, the Bulgarian Consulate in New York City, Teatro Nacional of Gautemala, Palazzo Biscari in Catania, Parvis de l’église Notre-Dame d’Espérance in Cannes, Teatro Victoria Eugenia in San Sebastián, Deutsche Telekom Headquarters in Bonn, Rachmaninov Hall in Moscow, and Kioi Hall in Tokyo. Throughout the year of 2020, she will perform the complete Beethoven “accompanied” Sonatas multiple times in the USA, Spain, and France, in tribute to the great composer’s 250th birthday.

Her debut solo album “Dream Catchers”, a two disc album featuring small scale works by Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, Ravel and Debussy, released in 2016 to great acclaim. Fanfare Magazine declared “this release has merit as a career milestone” and leaves “no doubt about the devotion and seriousness of Siciliano’s approach to music.” Gramophone Magazine praised her “fine technique and natural musicality” pinpointing her “masterful delicacy, harmonic motion, and timing” in Debussy’s Images II. Siciliano holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Nelita True, and the University of Michigan, where she studied with Logan Skelton.

Ian Plansker is a flautist, harpsichordist, and composer of historically-idiomatic music. He attends Grosse Pointe South as a senior, and is looking to attend school for a historical flute and harpsichord performance double degree. He has been playing flute for five years and harpsichord for three years. Plansker has been composing for five years, and has seen his compositions performed my numerous orchestras and choirs in North America. This past December, his setting of “Ave Regina” was performed by the Toronto Chamber Choir, and this past June, his opera The Spectres, was performed at Oberlin Conservatory’s Baroque Performance Institute. Plansker sees himself writing historical-style opera in the future with the intent of adapting the form to promote a far higher level of accessibility for the modern audience.

Plansker also holds a first degree black belt in the Korean martial art Tang Soo Do, is working on the professional elementary syllabus of Cecchetti ballet, and enjoys reading classic literature.

The SC Pleyel piano was created outside Paris in 1879, and generously donated to the club by the John Dixon family, in 2014.

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