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Sunday, August 4, 3 pm
Pleyel Piano Series Recital
Tickets $25, students $10

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are modifying our Pleyel recital on Sunday, August 4. We will not be offering the food and wine pairing, but we will still be having a recital. The recital will feature one of the finest young artists of the season, clarinetist Nickolas Hamblin, alongside violinist Velda Kelly and pianist Mariah Boucher.  And, artistic director Julia Siciliano will be performing a program of Basque music. Tickets will be $25, $10 student, but there will be more opportunities to give if you feel inclined. So please join us on August 4, at 3 pm for this afternoon of French and Basque music! 

Details on the artists and program below:

Poulenc: Clarinet Sonata
Nickolas Hamblin, Mariah Boucher
Milhaud: Suite Op.157b
Nickolas Hamblin, Velda Kelly, Mariah Boucher
Usandizaga: Chopin…! Vals
Ravel: Valses Nobles et Sentimentales
P.Albeniz: Variaciones Brillantes para piano forte sobre el tema favorito “Mira, oh, Norma, ai tuoi ginocchi” de Bellini
Julia Siciliano

Nickolas Hamblin is an active chamber and orchestral musician in the Metro-Detroit area. He has served as principal clarinet with the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Philharmonic, and Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra, along with many other fine orchestras. Previously, Mr. Hamblin has received first prize in multiple competitions, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Bradlin Scholarship Competition, Dearborn Symphony Young Artist Competition, Southern Great Lakes Symphony Competition, Tuesday Musicale of Detroit Young Artist Competition, Dearborn Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, and the Michigan Youth Arts Festival Competition in 2019. He was also a finalist in the 2017 Michigan Youth Arts Festival Competition and the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra’s Concerto Competition. Nickolas studies with Ralph Skiano, the principal clarinet the Detroit Symphony.

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 for the MurciArt Music Festival. A winner of many local and international piano competitions, Julia 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 on concert series and festivals with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players, Basque National Orchestra’s chamber music series “Miramon Matinees”, and the MurciArt Festival in Murcia, Spain. She has given recitals with Metropolitan Opera stars Amanda Pabyan, Eric Owens, and Marina Domashenko, and internationally acclaimed violinists Dmitri Makhtin, Simone Lamsma, and Birgit Kolar.

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, Italy, Parvis de l’église Notre-Dame d’Espérance in Cannes, Deutsche Telekom Headquarters in Bonn, Rachmaninov Hall in Moscow, and Kioi Hall in Tokyo. In the 2019-2020 season, she embarks on a journey of performing the complete Beethoven “accompanied” Sonatas multiple times in the USA, Spain, France, and Austria, 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.


Recital featuring  a highlight of the 2018-2019 Young Artist’s recitals Nickolas Hamblin

Clarinet Sonata – Francis Poulenc
Nickolas Hamblin, clarinet
Mariah Boucher, piano

Suite Op.157b – Darius Milhaud
Introduction et Final
Nickolas Hamblin, clarinet
Velda Kelly, violin
Mariah Boucher, piano

Presentation of the 2019-2020 Series

Recital featuring pianist Julia Siciliano and the Basque Country

Chopin – José Maria Usandizaga Vals
Valses Nobles et Sentimentales – Maurice Ravel
Variaciones Brillantes para piano forte sobre el teme favorito “Mira, oh, Norma, ai tuoi ginocchi” de Bellini – Don Pedro Albeniz

Our stunning Pleyel piano was generously donated by the Dixon family in 2013 was crafted in Paris in 1879. A portion of the revenues will go to a special fund which will assure the maintenance of the piano (Dan Harteau is its piano technician).

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