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Chameleon performs Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time on December 2 and 3

November 3, 2017 – Boston, MA – The Chameleon Arts Ensemble continues its 20th anniversary chamber music season with earthly echoes, celestial song on Saturday, December 2, 8 PM and Sunday, December 3, 4 PM at First Church in Boston. The program includes Olivier Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano; Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune in Gustave Samazeuilh’s 1925 arrangement for flute and piano; David Ludwig’s Pleiades for oboe & piano; and Franz Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 76, No. 4 “Sunrise.”

Download: CAE-Dec2-3-2017.pdf

Chameleon Arts Ensemble continues 20th Anniversary Season with Ravel’s Piano Trio and Copland’s Dickinson Settings on November 4 and 5

October 5, 2017 – Boston, MA – The Chameleon Arts Ensemble continues its 20th anniversary season with a chamber music program titled “of voice and verse,” on Saturday, November 4, 8 PM and Sunday, November 5, 4 PM at First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street. It includes Maurice Ravel’s Piano Trio in a minor; Aaron Copland’s Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson for soprano and piano; Joseph Schwantner’s Music of Amber for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion; Lili Boulanger’s tone poem D’un matin de printemps for flute and piano; and Augusta Read Thomas’s Rumi Settings for violin and viola. Soprano Mary Mackenzie, hailed as “sensational” by The Boston Globe, is soloist for the Copland.

Download: CAE-Nov4-5-2017.pdf

Chameleon Arts Ensemble Announces 20th Anniversary Season Programs

July 20, 2017 – Boston, MA – The Chameleon Arts Ensemble is pleased to announce its 20th anniversary season programs. Since our debut in 1998, Chameleon has built a reputation as Boston’s most adventurous chamber ensemble, integrating old and new repertoire into unexpected chamber music programs that are themselves works of art.

Over the last 20 years, Chameleon has presented more than 250 concerts featuring a staggering array of more than 525 different works by 150 different composers. The Ensemble has received extensive critical acclaim for its world-class performances and for the enduring and innovative programming of Artistic Director, Deborah Boldin – transforming the listening experience by exploring both the rich tradition and the continual evolution of the chamber music art form. Ms. Boldin notes: “Reaching a 20th anniversary is, by any measure, a significant achievement for a small arts organization. We are extremely proud of what we have achieved and looking forward to a year filled with joy and celebration.”

Download: CAE-Season-20-Announcement.pdf

Chameleon Arts Ensemble Presents a Free Family Concert & Instrument “Petting Zoo” on Saturday, June 3

May 5, 2017 – Boston, MA – The Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston will present a Free Family Concert titled Tunes, Tales, and Tricksters on Saturday, June 3, 2017 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. 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 Chameleon’s musicians, and will be encouraged to touch, blow, pluck, bow, and strike.

Download: CAE-June3-2017.pdf

Chameleon Arts Ensemble presents “from the painter’s hand” on May 20 and 21

April 20, 2017 – Boston, MA – The Chameleon Arts Ensemble concludes its 2016-2017 chamber music series with from the painter’s hand on Saturday, May 20, 8 PM and Sunday, May 21, 4 PM, both at First Church in Boston. The program explores shifting perspectives and the intersections of art and music, including Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44; Francis Poulenc’s Le travail du peintre for soprano and piano; Morton Feldman’s For Franz Kline for soprano, violin, cello, horn, chimes, and piano; Maurice Ravel’s Sonata for violin and cello; and the world premiere of Laura Schwendinger’s The Artist’s Muse for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion commissioned especially for Chameleon by the Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress.

Download: CAE-May20-21-2017.pdf

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

 

 

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