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Pleyel Piano Series

  • 8 Dec 2019
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Sunday, December 8, 2019
An Afternoon of Song
with Angela Theis, soprano, and Mary Siciliano, piano

2 pm: Young Artist Pre-recital
2:30 pm: Light reception

3 pm: Guest artist recital 

$25 adult

$10 student

$10 pay-it-forward (your donation will allow a student to enter for free)

2pm: young artist pre-recital
2:30pm: light reception
3pm: Guest artist recital

Songs of Franz Schubert:

Du bist die Ruh’
Heimliches Lieben
Gretchen am Spinnrad

Trois Melodies by Olivier Messiaen

I. Pourquoi?
II. Le sourire
III. La fiancée perdue

Ave Maria by J.S. Bach/Charles Gounod

O Antiphons by Brooks Hoste 

I. Wisdom (O Sapientia)
II. Lord (O Adonaï)
III. Root of Jesse (O Radix Jesse)
IIII. Key of David (O Clavis David)
V. Dayspring (O Oriens)
VI. King of Nations (O Rex Gentium)
VII. Emmanuel (O Emmanuel)

Richard Rodgers: The Sound of Music (The Sound of Music)
George Gershwin: Someone to watch over me (Oh, Kay!)​
Meredith Wilson: Till there was you (The Music Man)​
Frederick Loewe: I could have danced all night (My Fair Lady) ​

Soprano Angela Theis has captivated the attention of audiences and critics alike, while remaining active in her hometown Detroit area. She is featured on the 2017 David DiChiera Letters & Fantasies album and continues to be an ambassador for Michigan Opera Theatre and the music of its late founder. Ms. Theis was an original member of the Michigan Opera Theatre Studio, serving as the Soprano resident artist from 2015-2017. A perennial favorite of Michigan Opera Theatre, she has performed Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, Beth in Little Women, Frasquita in Carmen, Papagena (Paminacover) in The Magic Flute, Laurie in The Tender Land, Yvette in The Passenger, the High Priestess in Aïda, and Marzelline in Fidelio.

Around the country, Ms. Theis has performed the roles of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Toledo Opera, Adina in L’elisir d’amore and Mabel in Pirates of Penzancewith Eugene Opera, Johanna in Sweeney Todd with Syracuse Opera, Clorinda in La Cenerentola and Frasquita in Carmen with Opera Roanoke, and Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel and Beth in Little Women with Utah Opera. In 2019, Ms. Theis made her solo debut at Carnegie Hall, and she has been a soloist with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony, and various professional ensembles in the Detroit area.

Ms. Theis has been honored with numerous grants and awards for her scholarship and singing in Italy and Austria, where she studied abroad and completed a postgraduate fellowship under Barbara Bonney at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg. She won both the Audience Choice Award and 2nd Prize in the 2013 AIMS Meistersinger Competition in Austria, and she was a 2012 Michigan winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

In her final year of her Master of Music at New England Conservatory, she was seen as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel and as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, for which the Boston Globe praised her "bright, bold, and beguilingly sung" performance. Ms. Theis holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a double major in Marketing and Music from the University of Notre Dame. In 2019, Ms. Theis joined the faculty of Oakland University where she teaches Diction for Singers and applied voice.

Mary Siciliano has a multi-faceted career.  As a private teacher, her students have distinguished themselves in many prestigious competitions such as the MTNA National Finals, the Piano Arts International Competition, and the Oberlin International High School Competition.  Many have continued their piano studies at prestigious universities and conservatories. She was on the piano faculty at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan where she taught applied piano, piano ensemble, and coordinated the piano pedagogy program.  She has also taught piano pedagogy classes at the University of Michigan, Madonna University and Schoolcraft College. She currently has a very successful private studio that includes adults, teachers, and pre-college students who are very focused on piano performance.

Mary performs throughout the United States, Canada, and France.  She has been broadcast on CBC, WDET, and WRCJ.  She has collaborated on several cd recordings.  She is a popular clinician who has given workshops and masterclasses in the U.S., Canada, and France.  She has been published in several piano journals.

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).

The Scarab Club is supported in part by awards from the Kresge Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation and the National  Endowment for the Arts.

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