Extraordinary life, exceptional concert

April 15, 2012

The Senior Men’s Club is inviting the public to attend a special concert performance by pianist and composer Marina Arsenijevic at 7:30 p.m. May 14, at The Community House.

All proceeds from the concert will benefit The Community House and The Senior Men’s Cub Legacy Endowment Fund.

The program will include Arsenijevic’s own arrangements of Rhapsody in Blue and America the Beautiful in addition to popular classical tunes and Arsenijevic’s dramatic original compositions in a unique multimedia presentation. Tickets are per person. Reservations can be made by contacting Bill Johnson of the Senior Men’s Club at (248) 646-5538 or wdjohnson1128@gmail.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the front desk of The Community House.

Born in Yugoslavia, Arsenijevic has a superstar reputation in Eastern and Central Europe. Her harrowing journey to U.S. citizenship in 2009 was made possible by her sponsor and longtime Senior Men’s Club member Jack McCuen.

Arsenijevic became enamored with the piano at the age of 4 and was only 9 years old when she made her debut solo concert in front of an audience of 2,000, performing compositions by Chopin, Beethoven and Brahms. She studied with some of the world’s great piano masters from Yugoslavia, Austria, Italy, Germany and Russia.

The disintegration of Yugoslavia into conflict among its diverse ethnic groups greatly affected Arsenijevic’s outlook on life and her music. As the conflicts in Yugoslavia expanded into all-out war, Arsenijevic witnessed the suffering of ethnic strife firsthand. During the height of the civil wars and ignoring extensive political pressures, Arsenijevic challenged the hatred and violence by taking an apprehensive Serbian National Orchestra to Kosovo’s largest music hall to play both Muslim and Christian music to a standing room audience of Muslims and Christians without a single incidence of violence.

Arsenijevic, a Bloomfield Hills resident, is currently collaborating with screenwriters on a movie script based on her life.

Observer & Eccentric