Welcome!

Greetings! We want you, our friends and supporters, to be the first to hear about Mélomanie’s 2020-21 season. We have three important announcements.

First, of necessity, our season will be a series of virtual, streamed concerts, but we are treating this as an opportunity. While we will miss seeing you, these exciting concerts will put everyone in the front row. We will present our usual engaging repertoire and signature interviews with composers. Premium sound and video will be by Grammy-winning Swan Studios of New York, and we’ll be able to do some creative things with video to bring you extra close to the music and the performers.

Second, this is a huge year for Mélomanie as a recording ensemble. We will release two CDs in October—Ultraviolet, new works for the full ensemble plus guest artists, and a hint of light remains, new duos for flute and harpsichord. Then in January, Up to the Light, a double CD of Mark Hagerty’s four major compositions for the ensemble will be released. Selections from our new recordings will be featured in each of our streamed concerts.

Third, we are making changes to our organizational structure. With our unique mission and offerings, Mélomanie has established a singular role in the region’s cultural life. Now, after 28 years, it’s time to look at new approaches. The 2020-21 season will be our last as a 501(c)3 non-profit. Our ensemble members are already planning how the group will continue, and you will be the first to hear about the new model!

We very much look forward to your support this season. Recording and disseminating concerts are new expenses, and as always, we will continue to pay our ensemble members appropriately for their great work. We will make the most of this new season and ensure that it is engaging and rewarding for you. Your longstanding support makes it all possible.

Thank you, friends, for sharing our excitement!

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Mélomanie means music mania! This beautiful French word also translates as the love of music.

Mélomanie presents ‘provocative pairings of early and contemporary works’ in innovative collaborations with guest performers and composers. Mélomanie’s early music programming highlights baroque music performed on period instruments. Their contemporary repertoire features works from the 20th and 21st Centuries, including World Premieres written especially for the ensemble.

Mélomanie performs throughout the region and presents a regular concert series at The Delaware Historical Society in Wilmington, Delaware. The ensemble has recorded works of Telemann on Lyrichord Discs. Two contemporary music CDs, featuring original compositions written for the ensemble, were released in 2011 (Florescence) and 2014 (Excursions).  The ensemble is currently in recording sessions for their next CD.

Mélomanie is supported by the Delaware Division of the Arts and the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation.

Mélomanie is: Donna Fournierviola da gamba; Ismar Gomes, cellos; Kimberly Reighleybaroque and modern flutes; Tracy Richardsonharpsichords and Christof Richter, violins.

This organization is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on DelawareScene.com

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