Midtown Series
 Fridays at 8pm

 Signature Series
 Saturdays at 8pm
 Oakland Series
 Sundays at 3pm

Fri, Sept. 16, 2016
 Vijay Iyer, piano
 solo jazz concert

Sat, Sept. 17, 2016
 Brentano String Quartet
 Vijay Iyer, piano

Sat, Oct. 8, 2016
 Juilliard String Quartet
 at Seligman

Sun, Oct. 9, 2016
 Juilliard String Quartet
 Tian Tian, piano

Fri, Oct. 21, 2016
 Harlem Quartet
 Aldo López-Gavilán, piano

Sun, Nov. 13, 2016
 Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano
 Kevin Murphy, piano

Sat, Nov. 19, 2016
 Alexander Ghindin, piano
 solo piano recital

Sat, Dec. 3, 2016
 Cavani Quartet
 Celino Romero, guitar

Fri, Dec. 9, 2016
 Robert Siemers, piano
 solo piano recital

Fri, Jan. 20, 2017
 Pacifica Quartet

Sat, Jan. 21, 2017
 Pacifica Quartet
 Christopher O'Riley, piano

Sun, Jan. 22, 2017
 Christopher O'Riley, piano
 solo piano recital

Sat, Feb. 11, 2017
 Danish String Quartet

Fri, Mar. 10, 2017
 Imani Winds
 "Classically Improvised"

Sun, Mar. 12, 2017
 Imani Winds
 "Tradition and Innovation"

Sun, Apr. 2, 2017
 Celino Romero & Friends

Sat, Apr. 8, 2017
 Anthony Marwood, violin
 Aleksandar Madzar, piano

Fri, May 5, 2017
 Lise de la Salle, piano
 solo piano recital


3 Robert Siemers


We regret to inform you this performance has been cancelled due to health issues.


Robert Siemers, piano

Friday, December 9, 2016, 8pm

480 W Hancock, Midtown Detroit
Old Main Building, Wayne State University

Early in his career, Robert Siemers gained a private audience with Rudolf Serkin at the Marlboro Music Festival to play Bach’s Goldberg Variations.  At the conclusion of the piece, Mr. Serkin, clearly moved, said to the young performer, “You’re an artist.”  Lauded as well by such greats as Andras Schiff – who upon hearing Mr. Siemers, helped arrange for his debut at London’s Wigmore Hall – and Menahem Pressler, his teacher at Indiana University, Siemers brings a lifelong passion for the greatest of Bach’s keyboard works.

Robert Siemers has given solo recitals at the New England Bach Festival in Vermont, the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival in Virginia, the Bach Festival Society of Kalamazoo, the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, and on many other U.S. performing arts series from coast to coast.  Mr. Siemers earned his Master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music and his doctorate from the Indiana University School of Music, has taught piano at the Milton Hershey School in Pennsylvania for decades and has presented lectures and master classes on performing the keyboard works of Bach throughout the United States as well as at the Moscow Conservatory.

Bach’s towering keyboard masterwork, the Goldberg Variations, consists of an opening “Aria” and 30 variations that showcase Bach’s extraordinary creativity and the performer’s virtuosity and artistry.


Bach: Goldberg Variations

Robert Siemers will give a spoken introduction to the piece and engage the audience in a discussion following his performance.