Scarab Club Photography Group: FOCUSMeetings will begin when the SC reopens. Please register to receive updates about the group.
For nearly fifty years the SC has hosted a photography group that served as a place for Detroit area photographer to meet and share information about fine art photography. The Scarab Club is happy to announce that the photography group will be reintroduced as Focus. With a mission to expand and nurture the perspective of photographers from our community, it will be a monthly group meeting offered to members of the Scarab Club, with a free trial for interested photographers. Meetings will include discussions based on the practice of image making from a fine art perspective of the medium.
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CALL FOR ENTRYGILDA SNOWDEN MEMORIAL EXHIBITIONMichelle Perron, Juror
Deadline: Sunday, February 13th, 9 pm
Exhibition: March 2-April 16, 2022Intake: Sunday, February 27, noon-4 pmReception: Friday, March 4, 5-8 pm Gallery Talk: Wednesday, March 16, 6 pm
Pick-up: Sunday, April 17, noon-5 pm
ELIGIBILITYParticipation is open to all artists 18 years or older.
ENTRY FEEScarab Club members and full time students pay a discounted entry fee of $20 for up to three images; Entry fee for all other artists is $25 for up to three images; Up to three additional images may be submitted, at $5 for each additional image.
The Scarab Club invites submissions for its annual Gilda Snowden Memorial Exhibition. It is an unthemed exhibition, open to all artists 18 years or older.
The purpose of the Gilda Snowden Memorial Exhibition is to recognize the diversity and achievement of artists whose work shows creativity of concept, excellence of design and expertise of media; to display these works to regional audiences and to be an educational opportunity for students.
MICHELLE PERRON, JURORMichelle Perron is a respected cultural animator and advocate for the Detroit cultural community. She is an accomplished curator, gallerist, fundraiser, writer, event producer, educator, and art activist who has devoted her career to engaging broad audiences with the limitless power of the arts to engage, inspire and motivate. She currently serves as Director of the Executive Office for The Kresge Foundation, where she executes special projects and provides multi-faceted support to the Kresge President and CEO. For 21 years, from 1998 to 2020, she ran the Office of Exhibitions & Public Programs at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. She was also Founding Director of Kresge Arts in Detroit at CCS, The Kresge Foundation’s initiative that produces the Kresge Artist Fellowships and the Kresge Eminent Artist Awards, and provides broad support to Detroit’s art ecosystem. Michelle has curated hundreds of exhibitions, hosted lectures by major international artists and scholars, served on boards and committees of Detroit's major visual arts organizations, and has been an arts community activist since the 1980s. A native Detroiter, Michelle’s professional career has included posts at organizations such as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Gallery and O.K. Harris Works of Art in the Detroit area, and Merce Cunningham Dance Company and Art et Industrie Gallery, both in New York City. She studied art history at Ohio Wesleyan University and Wayne State University.
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Sketch Sessions at the Scarab Club. The Scarab Club welcomes our members to sketch sessions in the Gallery with safety in mind. Sessions are free to Sketch Club Members who will be given priority registering. The cost is $10 for members. Session will consist of several warm up and gesture poses followed by longer timed poses by various models. Please check our calendar for list of models. Due to current conditions, we are requiring masks and proof of vaccination. All participants MUST register in advance via Wild Apricot and be 18 years or older. Absolutely no walk ins will be admitted.
Sketch sessions will be done Sundays evenings 5:30 to 8:30 & Thursdays evenings 5:30 to 8:30 and held in the Gallery until further notice.
Sunday February 6, 2022 **4 pm
Florence Price & Rela Quartet
Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
Discounted tickets are $20 for Scarab Club members | $10 for students.
Chamber Music at the Scarab Club is excited to welcome you back to the second concert of CMSC’s 23nd season! We'll present the beautiful Piano Quintet in A minor by the African American Composer Florence PRICE. This work highlights her roots as well as her European classical training. On the second half of the program, the Rela Percussion Quartet will perform selections with influences from African, Arabic, Carribean and Indian music as well as jazz and marching percussion! You won't want to miss this concert!
Mary Siciliano - piano
Velda Kelly - violin Molly Hughes - violin
James Greer - viola Cole Randolph - cello
Rela Quartet - Patrick Fitzgibbon, Mike List, Thomas Monks,
and Drew Parent
2022 PLEYEL PIANO SERIESPurchase a subscription for the entire series, or for Concert #1
Series Subscription: $75-General Public | $60-Scarab Club Members
Tickets for Individual Concerts: $30-General Public | $25-Scarab Club Members | $10-Students
Friday, March 18, 2022, 7:30 pmMatthew Bengston, pianoWorks by Chaminade, Isaac Albéniz, Fauré, Liszt, Chopin, Ravel, Debussy, and Franck
The Scarab Club will comply with all CDC mandates for public gatherings, at the time of the concerts
Critically acclaimed as a “musician’s pianist,” MATTHEW BENGSTON has a unique combination of musical talents ranging from extraordinary pianist, to composer, analyst, and scholar of performance practice, and thus is in demand as both soloist and collaborator. An advocate of both contemporary and rarely performed music, he commands a diverse repertoire, ranging from William Byrd to György Ligeti and numerous contemporary composers. He has been presented in concerts as a La Gesse Fellow in France, Germany, Italy and Hungary, in Washington, DC, at Monticello, and in solo recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. He has also appeared on the Pro Musica series in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras and has appeared with violinist Joshua Bell on NPR’s “Performance Today” and XM Satellite Radio’s “Classical Confidential.” His recordings can be heard on the Roméo, Arabesque, Albany, Musica Omnia, Griffin Renaissance, and Navona record labels.
Friday, April 22, 2022, 7:30 pmJulia Siciliano, pianoWorks by Mozart, Chopin, Usandizaga, and Schubert
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. A highly active chamber musician, Julia has been invited to perform on concert series and festivals with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players, and is a regular on the Euskadiko Orchestra (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 string players Dmitri Makhtin, Simone Lamsma, and Alexey Stadler. Most notably, Julia performed the complete “accompanied sonatas” of Beethoven in the year 2020 at the Teatro Victoria Eugenia in Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain, and in various venues throughout the United States, France, and Sweden.
Friday, May 6, 2022, 7:30 pmHyejin Cho, pianoWorks by Robert Schumann and Victor Marquez-Barrios
Pianist HYEJIN CHO is a highly active performer with recent concerts across the U.S.A., Germany, Italy, Austria, England, Japan and Korea. Her enthusiasm for Robert Schumann led her to develop the concert series of piano works by Robert Schumann, a project that she has established in six different states – Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin and Utah. The Schumann project has been supported by the Missouri Arts Council, Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship (University of Illinois), University of Michigan Research Grant, and OMF Music Resources. Her Schumann performances and interviews on the project have been broadcast, including live streaming of her performance on the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series on WFMT 98.7FM and Wheaton College Artist Series. Her first Schumann album will be released under Sheva Collection (UK recording label) in 2021. Furthermore, she published an article “What makes Robert Schumann Schumann: Schumann’s creation of fantasy borrowed from literature, especially E. T. A. Hoffmann’s novel The Life and Opinions of Tomcat Murr (OMF Music Resources).”
Sunday April 3, 2022 **4 pm
Red, White, Blue & Green
Chamber Music at the Scarab Club’s April 3rd program salutes the colors of the American, French and Italian flags, celebrating music by composers from all three countries! Alta Boover, John Madison and Mary Siciliano will perform the intensely beautiful Quatre Poèmes by American composer Charles LOEFFLER. Performances of Sonata for Violin and Piano by Francis POULENC and Sonata for Two Violins and Piano by Darius MILHAUD will represent the music of France. Both pieces are exceptional but rarely heard live. The Italian selection on this program is the delightful and dramatic Duet for Cello and Double Bass by Gioachino ROSSINI.
Mary Siciliano - piano Alta Boover - mezzo-soprano John Madison - viola
Velda Kelly - violin Laura Roelofs - violin
Sarah Cleveland - cello Jean Posekany - double bass
2022 PLEYEL PIANO SERIES
Tickets : $30-General Public | $25-Scarab Club Members | $10-Students
The Scarab Club will comply with all CDC mandates for public gatherings, at the time of the concerts
Concert #2Friday, April 22, 2022, 7:30 pm
Julia Siciliano, pianoWorks by Mozart, Chopin, Usandizaga, and Schubert
Concert #3Friday, May 6, 2022, 7:30 pm
Hyejin Cho, pianoWorks by Robert Schumann and Victor Marquez-Barrios
Sunday June 5, 2022 | 7 pmThe Scarab ClubA Delicious Season Finale!!
Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
Discounted: $20 for Scarab Club members, $10 for students
Chamber Music at the Scarab Club is excited to present its 2021-22 season finale in the main gallery of Detroit’s historic Scarab Club. The Folias Duo returns to Detroit for a portion of this program. This fabulous flute and guitar duo has delighted audiences all over the world with their incredible performances and CMSC is thrilled to have them back. An equally exciting highlight of this program is the world premiere of Air and Variations, a trio for clarinet, violin and cello. CMSC commissioned Iranian composer Farhad POUPEL to write a piece especially for this concert for clarinetist Brian Bowman, violinist Velda Kelly AND cellist Nadine Deleury! The program will also feature a short piece composed by a young student composer from the Tuesday Musicale of Detroit Student League. CMSC has issued a challenge to the members of this group to write a duet for any two of the instruments on this program
FOLIAS DUO - Carmen Maret, flute and Andrew Bergeron, guitar
Brian Bowman, clarinet
Velda Kelly, violin Nadine Deleury, cello
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.