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.
Our ensemble celebrates its 27th anniversary season in 2019-20!
Mélomanie was founded in 1993 by co-artistic directors and ensemble members, Kimberly Reighley and Tracy Richardson. Mélomanie has delighted audiences throughout the East Coast and internationally with ‘provocative pairings of early and contemporary works.’ Their innovative music collaborations feature guest performers and composers. Currently performing their concert series in Wilmington, Delaware, the ensemble’s programs connect music of the Baroque with contemporary invention. The ensemble’s contemporary repertoire includes World Premieres of compositions written especially for Mélomanie by such composers as Ingrid Arauco, Jennifer Margaret Barker, Richard Belcastro, Christopher Braddock, Kevin J. Cope, Mark Hagerty, Sergio Roberto de Oliveira and Suzanne Sorkin.
Mélomanie’s artists also appear as soloists and with orchestras and ensembles in the region, including the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, OperaDelaware, Tempesta di Mare and La Bernardinia Baroque Ensemble. In 2014, Mélomanie was invited to Rio de Janeiro to perform in Compositores de Hoje (Composers of Today), an international festival of contemporary music.
Mélomanie has recorded works of Telemann on Lyrichord Discs. Their first contemporary music CD, Florescence (2011) by Meyer Media, featured five compositions written for the ensemble. Their second contemporary music CD, Excursions (2014), features another five pieces written for and premiered by Mélomanie from composers Ingrid Arauco, Jennifer Margaret Barker, Roberto Pace, Sergio Roberto de Oliveira and Kile Smith. The ensemble is currently recording for their next CD project.
Mélomanie means music mania!