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Chameleon's mission is to present the highest quality chamber music performances, to foster an understanding and appreciation of the art form through imaginative and adventurous programs, and to infuse a public-spirited sensibility in all that we do to make classical music available, understandable, and accessible for audiences throughout the Boston area.


Founded in 1998, Chameleon has distinguished itself as one of the finest and most versatile chamber ensembles in Boston. Over the past 18 years, we have produced more than 165 concerts featuring a staggering array of 450 different works by 135 different composers. We began with a modest five-concert series, and have more than tripled the number of annual performances, with 18 concerts planned for the 2015-16 season, in three series: our Chamber Music Series, Chameleon Up Close recital series, and Education Series.

The programs feature our hallmark mix of standard, neglected and contemporary chamber music, tied together by unique thematic concepts (highlighted by poetic concert titles) that provide framework to make all the music understandable and relatable. We aim to show connections rather than differences and create diverse and balanced programs of music that are satisfying and enriching on every level. It is this artistic philosophy that has earned Chameleon its excellent reputation, unqualified praise from critics, and a loyal, growing core of concertgoers and supporters. The Boston Musical Intelligencer praised us for “keeping the element of adventure alive…not just as a sophisticated craft, but as a labor of love.”

The Ensemble has been recognized nationally with an award from the National Endowment for the Arts for its fall 2015 programs, Koussevitzky Music Foundation awards in 2015 and 2004, and 2009 and 2007 Adventurous Programming Awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and Chamber Music America. Chameleon has served as artists-in-residence at Lee University and as ensemble-in-residence for Northeastern University’s Fusion Arts Exchange, a summer program for international students sponsored by the US State Department. The Ensemble has been featured on WGBH Radio, WHRB Classical, and WBUR Radio Boston.

Artistic Director Deborah Boldin has earned unanimous and unqualified praise for her inventive and inspired programs. She brings a vast knowledge of the chamber music repertoire, a passion and dedication to contemporary music, and a unique sensibility for the unusual combinations of musical selections that make up Chameleon's unparalleled programs. The Boston Globe praised her for "knowing what goes with what on a program…the Chameleon Arts Ensemble didn't make a single wrong move" and hailed "planning a good chamber music program is an art unto itself, and few in town have mastered it as persuasively as the Chameleon Arts Ensemble.”


Annual Concert Series

With our annual Chamber Music Series and recital series, Chameleon Up Close, we strive to highlight the breadth and creativity found in the work of contemporary composers, while at the same time presenting the standard repertoire in a refreshing and illuminating context. Our concert programs emphasize connections rather than differences, to present a broad view of chamber music and break down false preconceptions of a great divide between tradition and contemporary creation.

>> view Chameleon's 20th anniversary season programs

Chameleons in the Community

Chameleon infuses all of its programs and concerts with a public-spirited sensibility through its annual community outreach projects including the annual benefit concert, free ticket program, and educational and family concerts.

>> more on community outreach


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