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Recorded live on Sunday, April 5th
Pleyel Piano Recital
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Julia Siciliano, Artistic Director of the Pleyel Piano Series, performing from Malmö, Sweden

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The original Pleyel Fundraiser Recital was scheduled to be performed in the lounge gallery of the Scarab Club on Sunday, April 5th. That performance had to be canceled, but the Scarab Club will host a livestream of the event through the Pleyel Piano Series at the Scarab Club page, with performances from Detroit and Sweden.

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 each of our recitals. Our livestream performance will feature the top young artist of the 2019/2020 Pleyel season, flutist Ian Plansker. 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, livestreamed from Sweden. The original recital was planned to include French wine and food tastings, all in harmony with our 1879 Pleyel which traveled all the way from Paris to Detroit.

The event was originally intended as our annual fundraiser to help pay the artists who play our historic piano, as well as to care for the delicate instrument itself, and would have featured food and wine pairings inspired by the music. Our pivot to livestream means the concert is open to everyone–no tickets, no attendance limit!–through our Facebook page, and there is an opportunity on the page to leave a donation to the Pleyel fund.

At 3 pm you will see the performance of our top young artist this season, Baroque flutist Ian Plansker.  He will demonstrate a brief history of the flute, and perform repertoire according to the time period of each instrument he introduces.  As we know, our Pleyel from 1879 really shines when repertoire written near that date is performed on it. Ian will show this similar correlation on his many flutes.

Then, stay on the Pleyel Piano Series Facebook page, because at 3:30 pm Julia Siciliano will perform four selections and pair them with wine.  She will introduce why the wine and music go so well together, then play each piece while you pour yourselves a glass from home. Check our her selections on the SC’s Pleyel Facebook page.

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 Siciliano 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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