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Chameleon Arts Ensemble presents “proud music of the storm” on April 22 and 23

March 22, 2017 – Boston, MA – The Chameleon Arts Ensemble continues its 2016-2017 chamber music season on Saturday, April 22, 2017, 8 PM and Sunday, April 23, 2017, 4 PM at First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street. The program, titled proud music of the storm, includes Beethoven’s rarely-heard String Quintet in C Major, Op. 29, “The Storm;” David Bruce’s Gumboots for clarinet and string quartet; Gerald Finzi’s Bagatelles for clarinet and piano, Op. 23; Michael Berkeley’s Fierce Tears I for oboe and piano; and a neglected work by a neglected composer, Erwin Schulhoff’s 1925 Concertino for flute, viola, and double bass.

Download: CAE-April22-27-2017.pdf

Violinist Ayano Ninomiya, Cellist Rafael Popper-Keizer, and Pianist Elizabeth Schumann in Chameleon Up Close Recital on March 26

February 24, 2017 – Boston, MA – The Chameleon Arts Ensemble presents Chameleon Up Close featuring violinist Ayano Ninomiya, cellist Rafael Popper-Keizer, and pianist Elizabeth Schumann, on Sunday, March 26, 2017, 4 PM, at the Goethe-Institut, 170 Beacon Street. The program of first piano trios includes Beethoven’s Haydn-inspired Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 1, No. 1; Leon Kirchner’s 1954 Trio I; and Brahms’ beloved Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8. The Boston Globe praised Ms. Ninomiya: “The audience whooped, whistled, and shouted with delight at her feats of virtuosity;” The New York Times called Mr. Popper-Keizer “imaginative and eloquent;” and The Washington Post described Ms. Schumann as “deft, relentless, and devastatingly good.”

Download: CAE-Mar26-2017.pdf

February 3, 2017 – Boston, MA – The Chameleon Arts Ensemble continues its 2016-2017 chamber music season on Saturday, March 4, 2017, 8 PM at First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street and Sunday, March 5, 2017, 4 PM at the Goethe-Institut, 170 Beacon Street, Boston. The poignant program of memories and elegies, titled shadows of their voices, features Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in a minor, Op. 50 “In memory of a great artist;” Luciano Berio’s touching memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, O King for voice, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano; Gordon Jacob’s Sextet for piano and winds, Op. 6; and Simon Bainbridge’s Four Primo Levi Settings for voice, clarinet, viola, and piano. The soloist for Berio and Bainbridge is Mary Mackenzie, hailed as “sensational” by The Boston Globe and “a soprano of extraordinary agility and concentration” by The New York Times.

Download: CAE-Mar4-5-5017.pdf

Flutist Deborah Boldin and Pianist Vivian Choi in Chameleon Up Close Recital on February 12

January 13, 2017 – Boston, MA – The Chameleon Arts Ensemble resumes its recital series, Chameleon Up Close, on Sunday, February 12 at 4 PM at the Goethe-Institut with a concert featuring Chameleon’s Artistic Director and flutist Deborah Boldin and pianist Vivian Choi. The program, inspired by song, poetry and myth, includes Schubert’s Variations on Trockne Blumen from Die schöne Müllerin, Op. 160, D. 802; Samuel Barber’s Canzone, Op. 38a; Francis Poulenc’s Sonata; Claude Debussy’s watershed work, Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, in a 1925 arrangement by Gustave Samazeuilh; and the Boston premiere of Jeremy Gill’s Parabasis. Mr. Gill will be in attendance and will host this performance. The Boston Globe praised Ms. Boldin for “surpassingly beautiful contributions,” and The Boston Musical Intelligencer commended Ms. Choi for “a sparkling performance, full of poise and charm.”

Download: CAE-Feb12-2017.pdf

Chameleon Arts Ensemble to Receive Grant from National Endowment for the Arts

December 13, 2016 – Boston, MA – National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $10,000 to Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston for “Chameleon at 20,” a series of chamber music concerts (3 programs and 6 concerts) in the fall of 2017 celebrating the Ensemble’s 20th anniversary.

The Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

Download: CAE-Dec2016-NEA-Announcement.pdf

Chameleon Arts Ensemble presents “with infinite refrain” on November 5 and 6

October 6, 2016 – Boston, MA – The Chameleon Arts Ensemble continues its 2016-2017 chamber music season on Saturday, November 5, 2016, 8 PM at First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street and Sunday, November 6, 2016, 4 PM at the Goethe-Institut, 170 Beacon Street, Boston. The program titled with infinite refrain explores musical transformation by way of Beethoven’s Variations on “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen” for cello and piano, Op. 66; Elliott Carter’s Eight Etudes and a Fantasy for woodwind quartet; Michael Colgrass’ Variations for four drums and viola; and Brahms’ beloved Piano Quartet No. 1 in g minor, Op. 25.

Download: CAE-Nov5-6-2016.pdf

Chameleon Arts Ensemble opens 2016-2017 Season with “moon dreams” on October 1 and 2

September 1, 2016 – Boston, MA – The Chameleon Arts Ensemble opens its 19th season of chamber music with moon dreams on Saturday, October 1, 2016, 8 PM and Sunday, October 2, 2016, 4 PM, both at First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street. The program includes one of the most sumptuous entries in the chamber music repertoire: Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) for string sextet, Op. 4 along with Ernest Bloch’s Violin Sonata No. 2 “Poeme Mystique;” Brett Dean’s Night Window for clarinet, viola, and piano; John Woolrich’s In the Mirrors of Asleep for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano; and Rebecca Clarke’s 1917 miniature, Morpheus for viola and piano.

Download: CAE-Oct1-2-2016.pdf

Chameleon Arts Ensemble Announces 2016-2017 Season Programs

July 29, 2016 – Boston, MA – The Chameleon Arts Ensemble is pleased to announce its 2016-2017 season programs. This year marks Artistic Director Deborah Boldin’s 19th year presenting some of the most adventurous programming in Boston. The 2016-2017 chamber music series includes five vibrant and innovative programs performed by the area’s leading chamber musicians. The concerts take place on Saturday evenings at 8 PM and Sunday afternoons at 4 PM, beginning on October 1 and 2, and continuing with performances on November 5 and 6, March 4 and 5, April 22 and 23, and May 20 and 21. The recital series, Chameleon Up Close, includes performances on February 12 and March 26. The season’s concerts are held at First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street, and the Goethe-Institut Boston, 170 Beacon Street, both in the Back Bay.

Download: CAE-2016-2017-Season.pdf

Chameleon Arts Ensemble presents a Free Family Concert & Instrument Petting Zoo on Saturday, June 4

May 5, 2016 – Boston, MA – The Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston will present a Free Family Concert titled Magical Melodies and Music of Life on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 2 PM, in Weld Hall at the Hyde Park Branch of the Boston Public Library, 35 Harvard Avenue in Hyde Park. The program is intended for children of all ages and their families and will be interactive, with time for questions and answers. An instrument “Petting Zoo” and demonstration will follow the performance in the Library’s beautiful outdoor Children’s Garden. Children will be able to handle and play orchestral instruments as guided by members of Chameleon, and will be encouraged to touch, blow, pluck, bow, and strike.

Download: CAE-June4-2016.pdf

Chameleon Arts Ensemble presents “songs of earth and sky” on May 21 and 22

April 21, 2016 – Boston, MA – The Chameleon Arts Ensemble concludes its 2015-2016 chamber music series with songs of earth and sky on Saturday, May 21, 8 PM at First Church in Boston and Sunday, May 22, 4 PM, at the Goethe-Institut. The program includes Olivier Messiaen’s monumental song cycle Chants de terre et de ciel for soprano and piano; Ernest Bloch’s Baal Shem, Three Pictures of Chassidic Life for violin and piano; Elena Firsova’s Meditation in a Japanese Garden for flute, viola and piano; David Ludwig’s Haiku Catharsis for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion; and Camille Saint-Saëns’ Piano Trio No. 2 in e minor, Op. 92. The soloist for the Messiaen is Mary Mackenzie, described by The New York Times as “a soprano of extraordinary agility and concentration,” and hailed as “sensational” by The Boston Globe.

Download: CAE-May21-22-2016.pdf

Violinist Kristin Lee and Pianist Gloria Chien in Chameleon Up Close Recital on April 17

March 17, 2016 – Boston, MA – The Chameleon Arts Ensemble presents Chameleon Up Close featuring violinist Kristin Lee and pianist Gloria Chien, on Sunday, April 17, 2016, 4 PM, at the Goethe-Institut, 170 Beacon Street. The program examines the circles of influences around Béla Bartók, including his Sonata No. 2, Sz. 76, BB 84; Debussy’s Violin Sonata; Tre Pezzi, Op. 14e by György Kurtág; and Beethoven’s epic masterpiece for violin and piano, Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47 Kreutzer. The San Francisco Classical Voice described Ms. Chien as “a coat-of-many-colors pianist; fine-blended sound-tapestries emerged from her instrument.” Last spring, Kristin Lee was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. The Advocate calls her “a violinist who has everything: superlative technique to burn, interpretative mastery and incredible sensitivity.”

Download: CAE-Apr17-2016.pdf

Chameleon Arts Ensemble presents “a voice of love and twilight” on April 2 & 3

March 2, 2016 – Boston, MA – The Chameleon Arts Ensemble presents a voice of love and twilight on Saturday, April 2, 2016, 8 PM and Sunday, April 3, 2016, 4 PM, both at First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street. The program of works inspired by the Romantic ideal includes Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 3 in c minor, Op. 60; Robert Kahn’s Serenade in f minor for oboe, French horn, and piano, Op. 73; Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Romance for viola and piano; Judith Shatin’s Werther for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano; and Jake Heggie’s The Deepest Desire: Four Meditations on Love for soprano, flute, and piano. The soloist for the Heggie is Mary Mackenzie, called “a soprano of extraordinary agility and concentration” by The New York Times.

Download: CAE-Apr2-3-2016.pdf

Chameleon Arts Ensemble presents “here and there, in paths apart” on February 13 & 14

January 14, 2016 – Boston, MA – The Chameleon Arts Ensemble resumes its 2015-2016 season of chamber music concerts on Saturday, February 13, 2016, 8 PM at First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street and Sunday, February 14, 2016, 4 PM at the Goethe-Institut, 170 Beacon Street, Boston with here and there, in paths apart. The program includes Franz Schubert’s Octet in F Major, D. 803, Op. Post. 166; Robert Schumann’s Drei Romanzen for oboe and piano, Op. 94; Onutė Narbutaitė’s Winterserenade for flute, violin and viola; and John Harbison’s November 19, 1828: Hallucination in Four Episodes for piano quartet.

Download: CAE-Feb13-14-2016.pdf

Chameleon Arts Ensemble presents the Complete Brandenburg Concertos on December 5 and 6

November 5, 2015 – Boston, MA – The Chameleon Arts Ensemble concludes its fall 2015 exploration of the powerful and enduring influence of J. S. Bach with two performances of Bach's Complete Brandenburg Concertos, BWV 1046–1051 on Saturday, December 5, 8 PM and Sunday, December 6, 4 PM both at First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street. The six Brandenburgs are among Bach’s towering achievements, a perfect display of his genius, invention, and dazzling virtuosity.

Download: CAE-Dec5-6-2015.pdf

Chameleon Arts Ensemble presents "each to each impart" on Nov. 7 and 8

October 8, 2015 – Boston, MA – The Chameleon Arts Ensemble continues its 2015-2016 season of chamber music concerts on Saturday, November 7, 2015, 8 PM at First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street and Sunday, November 8, 2015, 4 PM at the Goethe-Institut, 170 Beacon Street, Boston with each to each impart. The program continues our fall 2015 exploration of the powerful and enduring influence of J. S. Bach with Mendelssohn’s Sonata No. 2 in D Major for cello and piano, Op. 58; Steven Stucky’s Partita-Pastorale after J.S.B. for clarinet, string quartet and piano; Mozart’s Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, K. 493; Witold Lutoslawski’s Partita for violin and piano; and Heitor Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6 for flute and bassoon.

Download: CAE-Nov7-8-2015.pdf

Chameleon Arts Ensemble opens 2015-2016 Season with “echoes of celestial song”

September 11, 2015 – Boston, MA – The Chameleon Arts Ensemble opens its 18th season of chamber music with echoes of celestial song on Saturday, October 10, 2015, 8 PM and Sunday, October 11, 2015, 4 PM, both at First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street. The program examines various ways in which composers have utilized Baroque styles and forms, including Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet in g minor, Op. 57; Camille Saint-Saëns’ Sonata in D Major for oboe and piano, Op. 166; Igor Stravinsky’s Duo Concertant for violin and piano; Elliott Carter’s Sonata for flute, oboe, cello and harpsichord; and Per Nørgård’s The Well-Tempered Percussionist.

Download: CAE-Oct10-11-2015.pdf

Chameleon Arts Ensemble Announces 2015-2016 Season

July 31, 2015 – Boston, MA
– The Chameleon Arts Ensemble is pleased to announce its 2015-2016 season programs. This year marks Artistic Director Deborah Boldin’s 18th year presenting some of the most adventurous programming in Boston. The 2015-16 chamber music series includes six vibrant and innovative programs performed by the area’s leading chamber musicians. The concerts take place on Saturday evenings at 8 PM and Sunday afternoons at 4 PM, beginning on October 10 and 11 and continuing with performances on November 7 and 8, December 5 and 6, February 13 and 14, April 2 and 3, and May 21 and 22. The December program is a special presentation of all six of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. The recital series, Chameleon Up Close, includes performances on March 6 and April 17. The season’s concerts are held at First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street, and the Goethe-Institut Boston, 170 Beacon Street, both in the Back Bay

Download: CAE-2015-2016-Season-and-CalendarListing.pdf

Chameleon Arts Ensemble presents “bid them dance and bid them sing” on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1

January 2, 2015 – Boston, MA
– For its first chamber music concerts of 2015, the Chameleon Arts Ensemble presents bid them dance and bid them sing on Saturday, January 31, 8 PM at First Church in Boston and Sunday, February 1, 4 PM at the Goethe-Institut. The program includes Sergei Prokofiev’s Quintet for oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, and double bass, Op. 39; Witold Lutoslawski’s Dance Preludes for clarinet and piano; Dvorak’s E-flat Major Piano Quartet, Op. 87; Andrea Clearfield’s Three Songs After Pablo Neruda for oboe and double bass; and the US Premiere of British composer Joseph Phibb’s Flex for flute, violin, cello, and piano.

Download: CAE-Jan31-Feb1-2015.pdf

Laura Elise Schwendinger and Chameleon Arts Ensemble Receive Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation Commission

December 12, 2014 – Boston, MA
– Composer Laura Elise Schwendinger and the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston have been awarded one of four 2014 commissions from the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress. These prestigious and highly competitive commissions are for established composers who have demonstrated considerable merit through their works and for orchestras and chamber groups that have a record of excellence in the performance of contemporary music. Ms. Schwendinger will compose a 15-minute work for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano for the Ensemble.

Download: CAE-Dec2014-Koussevitzky-Announcement.pdf


Chameleon Arts Ensemble Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

December 5, 2014 – Boston, MA
– National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced this week that the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston is one of 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Chameleon is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support "Echoes of the Past," a series of chamber music concerts in the fall of 2015 exploring the influence of J.S. Bach and baroque music on subsequent generations of composers. It will include works by Mendelssohn, Mozart, Villa-Lobos, Shostakovich, Elliott Carter, Steven Stucky, and others, and culminate in a performance of Bach’s complete Brandenburg Concertos, BWV 1046–1051. Full program details and dates will be announced this spring. This is Chameleon’s first grant from the NEA.

Download: CAE-Dec2014-NEA-Announcement.pdf


October 9, 2014 - Boston, MA - The Chameleon Arts Ensemble continues its 2014-2015 season of chamber music concerts on Saturday, November 8, 2014, 8 PM at First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street and Sunday, November 9, 2014, 4 PM at the Goethe-Institut, 170 Beacon Street, Boston with winds of music, passing on. The program centers on Robert Schumann, his influences, and his influence on later generations, including his Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 47; Clara Schumann's Drei Romanzen, Op. 22; Franz Schubert's String Trio in B-flat Major, D. 951; Dan Welcher's Florestan's Falcon for flute and piano; and John Woolrich's A Cabinet of Curiosities for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, and piano.

Download: CAE-Nov8-9-2014.pdf

August 27, 2014 – Boston, MA –The Chameleon Arts Ensemble opens its 17th season of chamber music concerts with music heard above the sway on Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8 PM and Sunday, September 28, 2014, 4 PM, both at First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street. The program explores the region between human imagination and the world around us: music that shimmers with the spirit of place, including Schubert’s beloved Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 114, D. 667, “Die Forelle” The Trout; John Luther Adams’ Dark Wind for bass clarinet, marimba, vibraphone, and piano; Karen Tanaka’s Invisible Curve for flute, string trio, and piano; and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ sublime song-cycle Along the Field for tenor and violin with acclaimed tenor William Ferguson, praised by The New York Times for his “tenderness and appealing impetuosity.”

Download: CAE-Sept27-28-2014.pdf

July 30, 2014 – Boston, MA – The Chameleon Arts Ensemble is pleased to announce its 2014-2015 season programs. This year marks Artistic Director Deborah Boldin’s 17th season presenting some of the most adventurous programming in Boston. The 2014-15 chamber music series includes five vibrant and innovative programs performed by the area’s leading chamber musicians. The concerts take place on Saturday evenings at 8 PM and Sunday afternoons at 4 PM, beginning on September 27 and 28 and continuing with performances on November 8 and 9, January 31 and February 1, March 28 and 29, and May 16 and 17. In addition, Chameleon is launching a new recital series, Chameleon Up Close, with performances on March 8 and April 19. The season’s concerts are held at First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street, and the Goethe-Institut Boston, 170 Beacon Street, both in the Back Bay.

Download: CAE-14-15-SeasonAnnouncement.pdf

 

 

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