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