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2015-16 Season Artists

Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston  

Now entering its 18th season, the Chameleon Arts Ensemble has earned a place as one of the finest chamber ensembles in Boston, distinguished by superb artistry, luminous performances, and dynamic musical dialogues. Chameleon integrates old and new repertoire into unexpected chamber music programs that are themselves works of art. This innovative ensemble draws those who love the adventure of music - classic and contemporary. A Chameleon concert is a multifaceted experience in an intimate environment joining audience and musicians in an exuberant celebration of music.

Artistic Director Deborah Boldin brings a vast knowledge of the chamber music repertoire and a passion for contemporary music, as well as music by women and other marginalized composers. Her programs offer an inimitable mix of the witty and the sublime, the adventurous and the beloved. The Boston Globe praised her for "knowing what goes with what on a program" and hailed "Planning a good chamber music program is a delicate art unto itself, and few in town have mastered it as persuasively as the Chameleon Arts Ensemble."

The Ensemble infuses all of its programs with a public-spirited sensibility, with Chameleons in the Community, an ongoing outreach effort to increase the accessibility of classical music and create connections between the arts and everyday life. Over the past decade nearly a thousand tickets have been donated to constituents of organizations such as the Pine Street Inn, the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership, and Project Step, and Chameleon dedicates one concert in every season as a benefit concert for a local public service charity. In 2004, the Ensemble expanded its outreach work with a music education program in collaboration with the Forest Hills Educational Trust, which has since grown into annual spring events including a public family concert and series of concerts and workshops for students from the Boston Public Schools system.

Chameleon's concerts have been critically acclaimed for their innovative, varied programs and the depth, style and polish with which they've been presented. The Boston Globe described the Ensemble as "luxury class" and a "perfect 10," Chamber Music magazine applauded "fanciful programs and superb playing," and The South End News described Chameleon's concerts as "a 'must be heard' affair that should be on every music lover's calendar." The Ensemble is also receiving national attention, including 2009 and 2007 Adventurous Programming Awards from Chamber Music America and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, a Koussevitsky Foundation award, and notable grants from the Kurt Weill Foundation and the Foundation for the Promotion of Finnish Music. During the summers Chameleon serves as ensemble-in-residence for Northeastern University's Fusion Arts Exchange, an educational program for international students sponsored by the US State Department.

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