Duo Piano Team Yuki And Tomoko Mack Perform Bartok Rarity Oct 12
The popular Detroit-based piano duo team of Yuki and Tomoko Mack makes its CMSD series debut on Friday, October 12, anchoring a team of esteemed colleagues for a program of Bartok's piano sonatas, including the rarely heard Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion.
The concert takes place at 8 PM at Schaver Music Recital Hall located at 480 W. Hancock in Detroit, on the Wayne State University Campus. Tickets priced at $45 for premium tickets, $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $10 for students are available by phone at 313-335-3300 or online at www.CMSDetroit.org.
Students may also purchase rush tickets for only $5 beginning 15 minutes before the start of the concert.
The concert begins with a performance of Bartok's Sonata for Piano performed by Kazimierz Brzozowsky and continues with the Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. Joining the Mack Sisters are two of the Detroit area's premier percussionists, Keith Claeys and John Dorsey.
Audience members will experience the performance in the CMSD's innovative "InDepth" format featuring a spoken introduction to the works on the program, and then following the performances, a moderated post-concert discussion giving audience members and opportunity to engage with the artists.
Japanese-born pianists Yuki and Tomoko Mack, based in Michigan, have dazzled audiences on three continents. After winning wide recognition as soloists, they partnered to form The Mack Sisters piano duo. The duo has won top prizes in several international competitions, including the Dranoff International Two-Piano Competition in Florida, the Ellis Two-Piano National Competition in South Carolina and the International Piano Duo Competition in Tokyo. They have concertized across North America and have appeared on radio broadcasts in Sweden, Italy, Poland, and in the U.S. on PBS and WFMT Chicago. They have released four acclaimed CDs.
Keith Claeys is on the faculty at Wayne State University and is one of Detroit's most sought-after percussionists. He frequently performs with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra, and has performed chamber music with Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and the Scarab Club of Detroit. As percussionist for the Fisher and Masonic Temple Theaters, he has performed for the national touring productions of Cats, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the Producers, and many others. As a freelance percussionist he has appeared with such artists as Liza Minnelli, Julie Andrews, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Mathis, Dianna Ross, Burt Bacharach and Tony Bennett.
John Dorsey is Principal Percussionist for the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and the Saginaw Bay Orchestra. He has frequently performed, toured and recorded with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Concert Band and performed as guest soloist with regional ensembles. He also performs for professional local and national musical theater productions and with national touring artists. He teaches percussion at Eastern Michigan University.
Pianist Kazimierz Brzozowski has concertized across the U.S. as well as in Japan and Poland, appearing as soloist with the Polish Radio Orchestra, Lublin Philharmonic and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has made recordings for Polish Radio and Television and CDs of music by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Szymanowski, Liszt and Bartok. Dr. Brzozowski has received awards from the Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw, Ann Arbor Musical Society, University of Michigan and Kosciuszko Foundation in New York. He is a prize winner at the Polish National Piano Festival and Chopin Society Competition in Warsaw. Dr. Brzozowski is the founder and director of the annual International Piano Festival in Naleczow, Poland, and has been a Wayne State University faculty member since 2009.