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A New CD & Performance in Rio!

Mélomanie celebrates the release of Excursions — their newest new CD — and takes an excursion of their own in November with a performance in Rio de Janeiro.  They have been invited to perform at international the four-day festival, Compositores de Hoje (Composers of Today), November 20 through 23, 2014.

Excursions features pieces written for and premiered by the ensemble: Excursions: Fantasie Mélomanie (2009) by Roberto Pace; Pavane-Variations (2009) by Ingrid Arauco; Dumgoyne (2012) by Jennifer Margaret Barker; The Nobility of Women (2011) by Kile Smith and Angico (2009) by Brazilian composer, Sergio Roberto de Oliveira. 

"We chose the title Excursions because the pieces take the listener on different journeys," says Mélomanie Co-Artistic Director Tracy Richardson.  Barker's Dumgoyne describes her childhood memories of Scotland. Pace's Excursions explores multiple moods and musical terrain. Arauco's Pavane-Variations and Philadelphia composer Smith's The Nobility of Women give us a fresh visit to old dance forms, and de Oliveira's Angico tells the story of his family's home in the Brazilian countryside.

"This trip is an exciting landmark for our ensemble!" Richardson says. "We're thrilled for the opportunity to share our music and serve as Delaware's 'musical ambassadors.'"

The CD, Excursions, and other Mélomanie recordings are available for download at meyer-media.com or your favorite online music outlet.

Mélomanie's participation in Compositores de Hoje is supported by:
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Delaware State International Trade Commission
Delaware Division of the Arts
The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
The Music School of Delaware
A Casa Produções

WELCOME

Mélomanie means music mania!  This beautiful French word also translates – 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 concert series at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, Delaware.

The ensemble has recorded works of Telemann on Lyrichord Discs. A contemporary CD, Florescence, featuring original compositions written for the ensemble, was released in 2011 by Meyer Media.  The ensemble's newest CD, Excursions —  also a collection of original works written for Mélomanie — was release by Meyer Media in September 2014.  Mélomanie is supported by the Delaware Division of the Arts and the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation.


Mélomanie is: Donna Fournier, viola da gamba, Douglas McNames, cellos, Kimberly Reighley, flutes, Christof Richter, violins and Tracy Richardson, harpsichords.

What's Brewing — Not Only Delicious Music!


Delicious things continue "brewing" in our partnership with Pike Creek Coffee Roasterie!  Our new Provocative Pairings Blend is a coffee created especially for our ensemble that celebrates our partnership of visual arts and music with the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (DCCA). Also available are a Decaf blend and Pumpkin Spice flavor (available fall only).  Get yours at distinguished local retailers including Haldas Bros., the box office of Mélomanie's Wilmington Concert Series and the Alternatives Shop of the DCCA!