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Sun., June 1, 2014 at 7 p.m.
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The Modern Harp Quartet and More!

Chamber Music at the Scarab Club is pleased to present a concert on Sunday, June 1st, 7 p.m. at The Scarab Club. This program features four wonderful harpists who all attended Cass Technical High School and have united to form The Modern Harp Quartet. You’ll also be treated to a rare performance of Schubert’s Quartet for flute, guitar, viola and cello as well as a violin/cello duo by Godard

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Quartet for flute, guitar, viola and cello, D. 96 (1814) - Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
 Amanda Sparfeld - flute Bret Hoag - guitar Scott Stefanko - viola Nadine Deleury - cello

Aubade, Op. 133 (1874) - Benjamin GODARD (1849-1895)
 Velda Kelly - violin Nadine Deleury - cello

Obelisk - John WICKEY
 Parvis - Bernard ANDRES (b. 1941)
Lydia Cleaver - harp Anne Owens - harp
 John Wickey - harp Maurice Draughn - harp


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.


SCHUBERT was 18 years old and very interested in guitar when he came upon a trio for flute, guitar and viola written by guitarist Wenzel MATIEGKA (1773-1830). Schubert decided to make a few changes to the manuscript and added a cello part. The result is the very stylized and enchanting Quartet you’ll hear performed by guitarist Bret Hoag, MOT principal flutist Amanda Sparfeld, MOT violist Scott Stefanko and MOT principal cellist Nadine Deleury.

Composer Benjamin GODARD began his career as a violinist who studied with Henri Vieuxtemps. He first gained recognition for his salon pieces; the Aubade for violin and cello definitely falls into that category. It is a charming work in two parts.


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