Mélomanie enriches the cultural life of our community by connecting audience, composers, and performers through concerts that pair early and contemporary music. To connect the music of the Baroque with contemporary invention, Mélomanie’s programs feature works from the 17th and 18th Centuries performed on period instruments as well as works from the 20th and 21st Centuries. In addition, Mélomanie is dedicated to commissioning and performing new works composed for the ensemble.
Mélomanie—Donna Fournier, viola da gamba; Ismar Gomes, cello; Kimberly Reighley, flute; Tracy Richardson, harpsichord; and Christof Richter, violin—has delighted audiences throughout the East Coast and internationally with masterful performances of baroque and early classic treasures along with innovative collaborations with guest performers and composers.
The baroque/contemporary ensemble is known for its provocative pairings of early and contemporary works. The ensemble’s performances of baroque and early classical music are historically informed and played on period instruments. In its contemporary practice, Mélomanie has collaborated with composers and guest artists in premieres of over fifty works, many featuring distinctly non-baroque elements—percussion, guitar, sitar, recorded sound, jazz ensemble, and spoken-word urban poetry. Mélomanie was founded in 1993 by co-artistic directors and ensemble members, Kimberly Reighley and Tracy Richardson.
Mélomanie’s 2020-2021 season will be streamed video—five 30-minute programs highlighting their newly released CDs, with baroque music, contemporary music, duos, solos, and composer interviews—recorded at the German Society of Pennsylvania with Meyer Media / Swan Studios. Watch for a schedule of the release of the videos!
In 2020, Mélomanie will also release two new CDs of works composed for us.
Ultraviolet is a large-scale double-disc release featuring Mélomanie commissions from composers Mark Hagerty, Richard Belcastro, Robert Maggio, Bonnie McAlvin, and Larry Nelson.
a hint of light remains features co-founders Tracy Richardson and Kimberly Reighley in a variety of commissions for flute and harpsichord, from composers Suzanne Sorkin, Mark Hagerty, Sergio Roberto de Oliveira, and David Schelat.
In early 2021, Mélomanie will release its next recording on Meyer Media, Up to the Light, a double disc CD featuring the four major works from its long collaboration with award-winning composer Mark Hagerty.
In addition to its acclaimed recording of quartets of Georg Philipp Telemann on Lyrichord’s Early Music Series, Mélomanie’s previous recordings for Meyer Media, Florescence and Excursions, present a broad range of new works written expressly for the ensemble.
Mélomanie means the love of music!