Chamber Music at the Scarab Club will close its 16th season on June 1st in the main gallery of the historic Scarab Club with a program featuring Schubert, Godard and a performance by The Modern Harp Quartet.
The Modern Harp Quartet (MHQ) is comprised of alums from the harp studios of Cass Tech, Wayne State University and the University of Michigan. All studied with MOT principal harpist and harp professor Patricia Terry-Ross. The idea of forming the quartet was spurred by the well-received performance of the Cass Tech Alumni Harp Ensemble at the 2008 American Harp Society National Conference in Detroit. The aim of the MHQ is to promote the modern harp as a versatile instrument, capable of producing a vast array of tone colors and effects, through performances and workshops.
For this program, they will perform an intriguing work by a member of MHQ, John WICKEY. Obelisk is a three movement work that uses ancient modes and harp effects to evoke the music and mythology of ancient Egypt. Parvis (Cortège et danse), by French harpist and composer Bernard ANDRÈS, is named for the enclosed area in front of a church. The eerie slow procession and the shifting rhythms of the dance that follows are more exciting than reverent. MHQ will also be featured at the American Harp Society 41st National Conference in late June, 2014 in New Orleans.